Weekly Economic & Business Review
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INDUSTRY IN FOCUS
SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK
Nigeria currently has excess sugar refining capacity which provides opportunities for exports to other West African countries as most nations in the sub-region are net importers of refined sugar.
The growing population of Nigeria and rising demand also provides huge opportunities for sugar refineries in Nigeria.
Buoyed by significantly falling raw sugar prices (from a 30-year high of US$38.9/lb in January 2011 to US$29.1/lb), due to increased harvest in sugar producing regions like Brazil, Thailand and India, supportive government policies, current favourable weather conditions and the drive toward self-reliance, our outlook for the Nigerian sugar industry remains largely optimistic.
Falling prices of global raw sugar prices is expected to promote rising margins and profitability of the Nigerian sugar industry in the near to medium term.