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Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by iterator25: 9:57pm On Nov 08, 2013


Nigeria is expected to release revised economic numbers from 1990 to 2008. That is expected to show that the country has overtaken South Africa as Africa's largest economy

.With us to discuss all this is professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Léonce Ndikumana. He is a professor of economics at UMass Amherst, as I mentioned, and he's the director of the African Policy Program at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI).Thank you for joining us.LÉONCE NDIKUMANA, ASSOC. PROF. ECONOMICS AND LAW, UMKC: Thank you very much for the opportunity.DESVARIEUX: So, Professor, let's talk about Nigeria. It's moving to become the number-one economy on the African continent. What is the cause behind this rapid economic growth?NDIKUMANA: Thank you very much. I think this is a very important and interesting question.There are two things that we need to single out. One is that even as of today, Nigeria is the second-largest economy on the continent, with about $262 billion in 2012, compared to $384 billion GDP for South Africa.

The second one is that Nigeria had been growing quite fast. In 2011, they grew by 7.4 percent, which that went down a little bit to 26.6 percent in 2012. At the same time, South Africa's been growing a little bit slower, in the range of 2 to 3 percent, which is consistent with a more mature economy. So that by itself would mean that over time Nigeria is going to get closer and closer to South Africa. Even if you look at the last 12 years, in 2012 the economy of South Africa was about three times larger than the economy of Nigeria. Now it's about 1.5 percent.Now you bring in another factor, which is the rebasing of the national data in Nigeria, which is something that other countries are going to also have to undertake because their national accounts based on outdated--have outdated bases, in the sense that some sectors which were not there when they were doing the calculations now are more predominant in production of goods and services.

One of the biggest new innovation is the telecom sector, which is becoming a bigger and bigger part of the service sector. So this requires countries to go back in their statistics and redo the weighting of each economic sector. And this, for many countries, is going to result in a larger major amount of national output, which is GDP. Ghana has already done it, and Nigeria is on track of releasing their new statistics. And this will result in a larger GDP for Nigeria. And, again, as you said, it may be the case that they may be either closer, even take over South Africa, assuming that South Africa doesn't do the rebasing [incompr.]DESVARIEUX: And I can imagine what's propelling this rapid growth is that three-letter word, oil, since Nigeria has a lot of it. What do you make of that?NDIKUMANA: Yes. As you indicated, the rapid growth in Nigeria over the past years is driven mainly by the oil sector.

To give you an example, of the six point--while the country as a whole grew by 6.6 percent in 2012, the oil sector actually grew faster, by 8 percent, which means that some of the sectors were shrinking. And this poses--is a source of concern because oil, the oil sector, as we know, is a very capital-intensive sector, which means that it doesn't create lots of jobs.At the same time, since we're talking about South Africa and Nigeria, they share two important problems. One is unemployment, and the second is [incompr.] to global markets, shocks in global markets. Unemployment has been high in South Africa. It's known. And they have very good statistics. It's about 25 percent. In fact, Nigerian unemployment over the past two years has been increasing from 21 percent to 24 percent. So even as the economy's growing in Nigeria, unemployment is actually growing at the same time, which is the result of the fact that growth is taking place in sectors that are not creating employment. So this is a major, major problem for Nigeria.


At the same time, the sectors which are the life--which provide the life for the majority of the population, especially agriculture, is not growing as fast, because there has not been sufficient investment in technology so that productivity in agriculture, the mainstay of the livelihood of the population, is actually seeing a decline in productivity. And that is true for Nigeria as well for many other countries.

So the challenge for Nigeria is how to harness these oil resources so that the growth in revenue that's coming from oil can actually trigger expansion in other sectors outside of the oil sector.


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10954

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by Rexsul: 10:07pm On Nov 08, 2013
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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by Nobody: 10:09pm On Nov 08, 2013
Until i begin dey see 24 hour power supply for my area, I NO AGREE angry

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by iterator25: 10:24pm On Nov 08, 2013
Ayam_Kay: Until i begin dey see 24 hour power supply for my area, I NO AGREE angry
lol

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by oderemo(m): 10:26pm On Nov 08, 2013
Op is working for rosssike . grin

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by iterator25: 10:54pm On Nov 08, 2013
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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by sopoundz(m): 1:06am On Nov 09, 2013
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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by iterator25: 5:40am On Nov 09, 2013
ode remo: Op is working for rosssike . grin
Who the fvck is that

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by eunisam: 6:07am On Nov 09, 2013
Like play like play we will over take China!

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by Mynd44: 7:46am On Nov 09, 2013
eunisam: Like play like play we will over take China!
Yeah. We keep growing but not developing

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by lertee(f): 8:04am On Nov 09, 2013
Nigeria cannot be totally ruled out,our economy might not be as booming as south Africa's but we are far ahead in some other aspects. God bless Nigeria.

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by taharqa: 8:11am On Nov 09, 2013
lertee: Nigeria cannot be totally ruled out,our economy might not be as booming as south Africa's but we are far ahead in some other aspects. God bless Nigeria.
Hmmmm

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by Mynd44: 8:12am On Nov 09, 2013
lertee: Nigeria cannot be totally ruled out,our economy might not be as booming as south Africa's but we are far ahead in some other aspects. God bless Nigeria.
yeah our ministers don't make silly statements like HIV does not cause AIDS and our president (as silly and mumuish he is) does not molest HIV positive women and take a shower to protect himself gringringrin

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by taharqa: 8:13am On Nov 09, 2013
By d way, d so-called Prof is wrong. It is d non-Oil, and not d Oil, sector that hv been driving Nigeria's growth in recent years

The Monetary Policy Committee Meeting of the Central Bank of Nigeria,CBN has noted that non oil sector has remained the major driver of growth while the contribution of the oil sector continues to slide downwards.

Said the communiqué of the MPC meeting released today “The non-oil sector remained the major driver of growth recording 7.91 per cent in contrast to the growth rate of -0.68 per cent for the oil sector during the second quarter of 2013. The drivers of the non-oil sector growth remained agriculture; wholesale and retail trade; and services which contributed 1.72, 1.47, and 2.90 per cent, respectively. The Committee noted the continued decline in the contribution of the oil sector to overall GDP and the underlying factors responsible for this state of affairs.


“These factors include; sustained oil theft which has led to a decline in output volumes in the face of an uncertain international oil market and price signals, weak infrastructure, and downside risks due to discovery of shale oil and the emergence of other African oil exporters competing for Nigeria’s traditional oil market,”the committee said.

http://newsdiaryonline.com/contribution-of-oil-sector-to-gdp-continues-to-slide-cbn/

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by iterator25: 8:13am On Nov 09, 2013
lertee: Nigeria cannot be totally ruled out,our economy might not be as booming as south Africa's but we are far ahead in some other aspects. God bless Nigeria.

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by kingmusa: 8:29am On Nov 09, 2013
maybe in 200 years

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by iterator25: 9:02am On Nov 09, 2013
king_musa: maybe in 200 years
this is Why I support abortion lipsrsealed

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by MASTERM(m): 9:28am On Nov 09, 2013
iterator25: this is Why I support abortion lipsrsealed
Lol

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by horchukoh(m): 9:46am On Nov 09, 2013
We need to act fast this oil will surely end one day let make use of the money we are making now to develop our nation south african are developing there nation fast and they still have the largest economy in Africa.

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by lovat(m): 10:02am On Nov 09, 2013
How do they always come about this indices with BRT still #120 and a lot of NL jobless.

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by iterator25: 10:52am On Nov 09, 2013
Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by IAMBREEZY: 11:09am On Nov 09, 2013
i refuse to believe.
Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by Theben(m): 11:17am On Nov 09, 2013
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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by gbokukueba(m): 12:06pm On Nov 09, 2013
How can a country that cant even feed itself and provide basics for her citizens overtake South Africa

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by Nobody: 12:24pm On Nov 09, 2013
undecided sit back, relax and watch nlanders make ignorant comments about d topic.

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by Afrocatalyst: 12:27pm On Nov 09, 2013
Long overdue.

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by angelTI(f): 12:42pm On Nov 09, 2013
The air is gettin fresher
#FreshAir
Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by Nobody: 1:08pm On Nov 09, 2013
Unbelievable.
Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by Nobody: 1:08pm On Nov 09, 2013
na dem sabi

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by femogbangba: 1:10pm On Nov 09, 2013
What are the modalities and parameters involved in putting a thread to the front page?

What Mod put this patently false information on the FP?
Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by duni04(m): 1:11pm On Nov 09, 2013
Iz threads like this that make nairaland an unreliable source of accurate info

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Re: Nigeria Overtakes South-Africa As Continent's Largest Economy by howfarwhatagwan: 1:11pm On Nov 09, 2013
Ayam_Kay: Until i begin dey see 24 hour power supply for my area, I NO AGREE angry

Hahaha you can say that again

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