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Foreign Capital Importation Fell to $1.54bn in Q2

The total value of capital importation into the country declined by 2.40 per cent to $1.54 billion in the second quarter of the year (Q2 2022) compared to $1,57 billion in the preceding quarter, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said yesterday.

However, when compared to the corresponding quarter of 2021, when capital importation was recorded at $875.62 million, it represented an increase of 75.34 per cent.

According to the Nigerian Capital Importation Q2 2022, which was posted on the NBS website yesterday, Lagos State topped the destination for foreign capital inflows with $1.05 billion, accounting for 68.66 per cent of total inflows into the country.

This was followed by investment into Abuja (FCT), valued at $453.95 million (29.57 per cent).

Anambra attracted $24.71 million, Kogi $2 million and Ekiti 40.50 million during the quarter.

However, portfolio investment accounted for 49.33 per cent ($757.32 million), representing the largest capital importation in the review period. It was followed by other investment category which was valued at $630.87 million or 41.09 per cent of total inflows while Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) accounted for $147.16 million or 9.58 per cent of total capital imported in Q2.

Disaggregated by sectors, capital importation into banking had the highest inflow of $646.36 million amounting to 42.10 per cent of total capital imported during the period. It was also followed by capital imported into the production sector, which stood at $233.99 million or 15.24 per cent.

Furthermore, the financing sector attracted $197.31 million or 12.85 per cent inflows.

According to the statistical agency, capital importation by country of origin revealed that the United Kingdom (UK) ranked top as the major source of capital imported into the country with 781.05 million, accounting for 50.87 per cent.

This was followed by Singapore and the Republic of South Africa valued at $138.58 million (9.03 per cent) and $122.26 million (7.96 per cent) respectively.

Categorised by banks, Citibank Nigeria Limited ranked highest in with $450.94 million (29.37 per cent).

This was followed by Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited which attracted $323.24 million (21.05 per cent) and Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc with US$163.92 (10.68 per cent).

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