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Egyptian economy is gaining momentum: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

With the trade in Egyptian Treasury bills (T-bills) gaining ground, the witnessed drop in T-bill yields at auctions is an indication of the increasing foreign investor participation and is providing support to the USD/EGP trade with a better tone, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s February insight report. The report cites the unofficial announcement …

Mohamed Samir

Economic Summit has attracted business agreements and economic contributions from Arab countries, Lagarde said(AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN)

Egypt is making good progress in the loan programme, IMF

Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said on Monday that Egypt is making good progress in the $12bn loan programme, noting that the currency is likely to stabilise after months of depreciation. Lagarde said in an interview during a visit to Dubai that the IMF sees good, noticeable progress by the Egyptian …

Daily News Egypt

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Egyptian pound’s value drops by 98% since 1979

According to data collected from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Bloomberg, and Beltone research, the Egyptian pound lost a lot of its value during the past four decades. Since 1979, the pound has lost approximately 98% of its value. Now, the pound can buy only 2% of what it could back in 1979, and is …

Hisham Salah

Chris Jarvis

Protecting the Vulnerable During Egypt’s Economic Reform

Restoring economic stability is not easy, as Egypt’s President Sisi has said many times. The country faces three interlinked problems: an urgent balance of payments problem—which means more foreign currency has been going out the door than coming in—rising public debt, as well as low growth and high unemployment. With help from the IMF, Egypt has …

Chris Jarvis

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Prospects and risks of Egypt’s ambitious economic reform programme, according to the IMF 

Since 2011, political and regional developments have taken a significant toll on the Egyptian economy. Underlying structural challenges and the prolonged political transition led to the build-up of macroeconomic imbalances. A significantly overvalued exchange rate undermined competitiveness and depleted reserves. Weak revenue, combined with poorly targeted subsidies and a growing public sector wage bill, resulted …

Mohamed Samir

IMF executive directors welcome Egypt’s economic reform policies.(AFP Photo)

IMF-backed reform programme is Egypt’s best shot but poses high potential risk: FocusEconomics

November was a month of interesting developments for Egypt, from the Central Bank of Egypt’s (CBE) decision to float the national currency, to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) approval of the $12bn loan, a correction of external balances, and an expected soaring fiscal deficit. According to FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast for the Middle East and North …

Mohamed Samir

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How should the government pace its reforms after the IMF loan approval?

On 11 November, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a $12bn three-year extended fund facility for Egypt, in support of the government’s economic reform programme. Ever since negotiations with the IMF started, the government has implemented a number of economic reforms, including passing the civil service and value-added tax laws, floating …

Hisham Salah

The latest inflation report issued by the Central Agency for Public Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), on 10 October, indicated that Egyptian core inflation surged by 1.7% in September, compared to 0.14% in August.
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Increased cash support for subsidy cardholders is not enough: expert

Egypt floated its currency on Thursday, allowing it to fall from its previous peg of EGP 8.88 to the US dollar to between EGP 13 and EGP 16. This is the final push to secure the three-year International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme within days. In another step toward securing $12bn from the IMF, the government …

Hisham Salah