Nigeria’s Finance & Coordinating Minister for the Economy Champions Technology, Revenue Growth at Semafor World Economy Summit, Washington, D.C., April 19, 2024 – Wale Edun, OFR,

Honourable Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr Wale Edun
Honourable Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr Wale Edun

Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, showcased the pivotal role of digitisation and fiscal reforms during his appearance at the Semafor World Economy Summit, held alongside the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings.

Co-chaired by former U.S. Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker and The Carlyle Group Co-Founder, David Rubenstein, the summit brought together global economic leaders. “Technology runs throughout everything that we are doing,” HM Edun stated, highlighting the comprehensive integration of digital solutions in government operations to boost efficiency and transparency.

In a candid discussion with Yinka Adegoke of Semafor, HM Edun outlined Nigeria’s targets for fiscal improvement and economic stabilisation. He emphasised that the government is capitalising on digitisation technology to significantly enhance revenue management and collection, setting a goal for over 60% revenue increase this year. This strategy is essential for reducing the nation’s fiscal deficit from 6.1% to 3.8% of GDP and alleviating economic pressures on Africa’s largest economy.

“To get the economy going again, we do have to bring down inflation, we have to stabilise the exchange rate, and we eventually need to get interest rates down so investors can borrow in addition to their equity,” explained Edun, delineating the key economic stabilisation measures necessary to create a more attractive investment climate.

Minister Edun also addressed the government’s strategic efforts to boost oil production, underlining that augmenting revenue is crucial for sustainable debt management. “The answer to debt is revenue,” Edun remarked, comparing Nigeria’s fiscal strategies to those of the United States and highlighting the necessity to generate adequate revenue to fulfil obligations and attract investments.

Moreover, HM Edun pointed out the significant strides made in stabilising the Naira and enhancing its performance through improved coordination between fiscal and monetary policy, increasing its appeal to both portfolio and direct foreign investors. “And if you stabilise the economy for portfolio investors to come, behind them are the longer-term, more stable, and bigger foreign direct investors who make a bigger commitment to the country. That’s why I say it’s a progression,” Edun articulated, underscoring the sequential improvement and attraction strategy for investors.

HM Edun continues his active engagement at the ongoing World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings, collaborating with international counterparts to advance Nigeria’s economic interests and developmental objectives.

Mohammed Manga FCIA
Director, Information & Public Relations