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Wale Edun.

The Federal Government has said it will focus more on domestic resources mobilisation with a focus on a more efficient collection of taxes, fees and payments that are due to the government.

The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun, made this disclosure on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the ongoing World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings holding in Marrakech, Morocco.

Edun, who spoke shortly after G-24 meeting involving Nigeria, said the meeting focused on how the World Bank Group/IMF could be reformed to offer more support to developing economies.

According to him, global interest rates have been rising and there is a need for countries including Nigeria to focus more on mobilising resources locally, a move Nigeria has started embarking on.

He said, “It (the meeting) was basically looking at transforming the multilateral financial institutions for the 21st century. A special adviser spoke on a report that has been done, World Bank vice president and IMF managing director also made their contributions. Essentially, the conversation was that the global financial architecture needs to be reformed for the 21st.

“Basically, what (World Bank Group/IMF) we have at the moment is not meeting the expectations and requirements of developing countries such as Nigeria, there is not enough concessionary financing; interest rates are going up even within the multilateral institutions, such that interest rates are so high around the world that the issue of debt is one that is very high on the agenda.”

He added, that, “And of course there is a financing gap, there is not enough funding to fund the developing requirements of the poorer countries, and that is what the conversation is all about-the need for reforms, change and improvements. They talked about a bigger, a better and bolder World Bank Group that will perhaps mobilise private sector funding.”

Edun said the Tinubu-led government would unveil a major tax policy reform very soon.

He said, “Again for Nigeria, something that the government of President Bola Tinubu has been emphasising also came to the fore here,-and that is domestic resource mobilisation-the fact that we have depend on our savings, resources to a larger extent- we must be efficient in collecting taxes, fees and payments that are due, we must efficient and cost effective with our expenditure.

“We must create a bigger base of financing from our own resources, we must rely on ourselves, we must pull ourselves up much more than relying on others. That was an important message that came out.”

Furthermore, on inclusiveness in decision making, he added, “On one hand, as far as the international, multilateral development banks and institutions are concerned, we along with other Africans are calling for a bigger voice, a third seat in the governance of the World Bank and IMF, and for Sub-Saharan Africa, and at the end of the day for Nigeria.”

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