Nigeria in talks for $1.5 billion World Bank loan — Finance minister

The finance minister expects the loan deal to be finalized soon.

Nigeria in talks for $1.5 billion World Bank loan — Finance minister
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Nigeria’s finance minister, Wale Edun, has hinted that Nigeria is in talks with the World Bank to finalize a $1.5 billion loan for the country. The minister expects the loan to come in soon. 

The details 

  • According to reports, Edun confirmed this at the recently concluded annual World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting in Marrakech, Morocco. 
  • He added that the loan is accessible to Nigeria under the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) funding. 

Be smart: The World Bank’s IDA provides interest-free loans and grants to the world’s poorest countries. These loans have zero or low-interest charges and are repaid over a 25-to-40-year period. 

  • Edun said Nigeria qualified for the “free money” made available by the IDA for the poorer countries and added that there was no stigma attached to securing the funding. 
  • It is unclear when exactly the funds will be disbursed to the country. 

Key quotes  

  • Edun said: 
“Talks with the World Bank on a $1.5 billion budget support is correct. The World Bank … has free money through the IDA. It has this for the poorer countries, and right now, I think we qualify …” 
  • He added that Nigeria’s executive council will discuss the loan. 
“There’s a Federal Executive Council meeting on Monday that should be able to discuss this and other initiatives for the financing of reasonable terms.” 

Before now 

  • Nigeria’s economy has shrunk recently following drastic economic reforms. 
  • The country’s external debt was valued at $43.2 billion in the second quarter of 2023, and more loans could see the country’s debt profile become larger. 
  • The IMF projects that Nigeria is set to be overtaken by South Africa as Africa’s largest economy due to a reduction of Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP) to $395 billion. 
  • The reduction has been attributed to the harsh economic reforms implemented by Nigeria’s government in recent months. 
  • However, the World Bank has praised these measures and described them as needed in the short term to ensure long-term growth.