Poor infrastructure, corruption biggest constraints in Nigeria – World Bank

Oscarline Onwuemenyi 20 July 2016, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The World Bank Group says poor infrastructure, corruption and access to financing are the most problematic factors for doing business in Nigeria.

World-Bank-LogoTax rates and complexity, and crime are not very problematic, by contrast, the Bank said its African Competitive report.

It revealed this as it announced that Nigeria recorded slight improvement in Global Competitiveness Index ranking, GCI, from 127 to 124.

The report also attributed 16th position of the bottom 20 economies in the Global Competitiveness Index, GCI, to sub-Saharan African.

According to the report, “Nigeria, as at 2005, was ranked 94; but further dropped to 124 out of the 140 countries in the Global Competitiveness Index, GCI, in 2015/2016, between Gambia and Zimbabwe.

“The country rose from 127 in 2014/ 2015, as Mauritius remains the region’s most competitive economy rated 46, while Côte d’Ivoire at 91 is the most improved country in Sub-Saharan Africa, followed by Ethiopia ranked 109.”

Speaking at the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, NESG, and World Bank workshop on Economic competitiveness in the country, the World Bank Group Governance Specialist and co-author of the report, Mr Barak Hoffman, listed institutions, policies, and factors of production to determine the level of productivity of a country.

He explained that Nigeria performed well on market size, macroeconomic environment, and labour market efficiency, but had challenges in health, primary education, higher education, training and infrastructure.

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