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Manufacturing biggest driver of Nigeria's growth

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Staff writer ▼ | July 21, 2014
Manufacturing NigeriaThe Renaissance Capital's report shows that manufacturing as the major driver of economic growth in Nigeria. The manufacturing sector is currently growing faster than the telecommunication, oil and gas, and agricultural sectors.

This corroborates recent releases from the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria which indicated an increase in manufacturing capacity utilization from 46.3 percent recorded in the first half of 2013 to 52.7 percent in the second half of 2013.

Further information presented in the report notes that the growth was largely driven by the textile, cement and food sub-sectors. Because of this growth, the manufacturing sector recorded 22 percent growth in 2013 all the way from 14 percent recorded in 2012. Overall this growth accounted for one third of the total growth in the economy.

This increase has been attributed to favorable government policies especially in industry, trade and investment.

A rather interesting development in the oil and gas sector, as contained in the report, shows that the sector contracted by 13 percent in 2013 leading to a decline in the growth of the sector. In addition to Manufacturing, the trade and real estate sectors also experienced a boost making them collectively the top three growth drivers in Nigeria today.

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