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Kimberly-Clark Alleged to Halt Nigerian Operations After $100m Investment

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Huggies company alleged shutdown
– Kimberly-Clark to allegedly shut down Nigerian production facility.
– Plant producing below capacity due to harsh economic environment.
– Company struggled with high energy and raw material costs.

Kimberly-Clark, manufacturer of Huggies diapers and sanitary pads, is alleged to be shutting down its Ikorodu production facility just three years after a $100 million investment in Nigeria.

The plant has been operating below capacity since late 2023 due to the country’s challenging economic conditions, leading to reduced production time and downsizing.

According to sources, the company has struggled with high energy and raw material costs, as well as reduced demand, exacerbating the economic challenges.

Kimberly-Clark had previously ceased operations in Nigeria in 2019 due to unfavorable economic conditions, only to restart in 2021 with a new $100 million facility.

The company’s alleged decision to shut down again is attributed to the same challenges faced by other manufacturers who have exited the country in recent years.

“The company has been struggling with high raw material costs and reduced demand since late 2022.” – Source.

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FG Unveils Incentives to Boost Foreign Direct Investments

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– FG offers incentives to attract foreign direct investments
– Incentives include tax breaks, duty waivers, and deferred payments
– NEPZA aims to create a favourable business environment

The Federal Government has announced plans to attract foreign direct investments by offering incentives to businesses operating in Nigeria.

These incentives include customs duty waivers, tax breaks, and deferred payments to alleviate financial burdens.

The Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority, Olufemi Ogunyemi, stated that the move is in response to challenges posed by foreign exchange constraints and unreliable power supply.

He noted that the incentives aim to reduce production costs and encourage companies to maintain their operations within Nigeria.

Ogunyemi emphasized the importance of corporate social responsibility, requiring investors to contribute to societal development through CSR initiatives.

He believes that economic growth should be coupled with sustainable community impact.

The incentives are expected to support existing businesses and attract new ventures looking to establish and expand their operations in Nigeria.

By providing a favourable business environment, NEPZA aims to drive economic growth and development.

 

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SEC Urges Capital Market Stakeholders To Embrace Innovation For Sustainable Growth

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SEC DG.
– SEC urges capital market operators to embrace innovation
– Regulatory Incubation programme to support fintech businesses
– Risk management frameworks essential for market stability

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has emphasized the importance of innovation in driving sustainable growth and development in the capital market.

According to the Director General, Emomotimi Agama, innovation is crucial for efficiency, transparency, and resilience in the market.

Agama stressed that the SEC is committed to supporting innovation and growth through its Regulatory Incubation programme, which allows fintech businesses to operate within a controlled regulatory environment.

This programme aims to ensure investor protection and market stability while fostering financial technology advancements.

The SEC’s efforts are guided by the Revised Capital Market Master Plan (CMMP 2021-2025), which prioritizes technology and innovation to expand the depth and breadth of the Nigerian capital market.

Agama warned stakeholders about associated risks, such as cybersecurity threats and regulatory complexities, and emphasized the need for robust risk management frameworks.

“In its efforts to support innovation and growth in the market, the SEC has established a programme of assessment called Regulatory Incubation to help new fintech businesses,” Agama said.

The SEC will ensure appropriate safeguards are in place to protect investors and maintain market stability.

 

 

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