FG Eyeing $2.2 Billion World Bank Loan – Wale Edun

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The Federal Government is said to be looking forward to receiving around $2.2 billion single-digit interest loan from the World Bank and another budget support facility from the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Wale Edun, Minister of Finance, disclosed this during the press briefing at the end of Nigeria’s activities at the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings in Washington DC, the United States on Saturday.

While speaking on the sources of international funding to the Nigerian economy, the Minister listed diaspora remittances, foreign portfolio investments and facilities from the World Bank and other international development partners.

In his words, “We have qualified for the processing just this week to the Board of Directors of the World Bank of a total package of $2.25 billion of what you can call ‘the closest you can get to a free lunch’- virtually a grant. It’s for about 10- 20 years moratorium and about 1% interest. In addition, there is a similar budgetary support – low-interest funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and there are also ongoing discussions with foreign direct investors across many sectors.”

Edun also tapped issuing dollar-denominated securities specifically targeted at Nigerians in the diaspora and those with foreign-denominated savings in Nigeria as another measure to attract forex inflows into the country.

He disclosed that the Federal Government hopes to issue the bonds later this year.