GAFI, HSBC Egypt sign pact on attracting foreign direct investments

Hossam Mounir
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President of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zone (GAFI) Hossam Heibah (R) with Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Bank Egypt Todd Wilcox (L)

Hossam Heibah, President of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zone (GAFI) announced Wednesday the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Todd Wilcox, Deputy Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer on behalf of HSBC Bank Egypt, regarding the cooperation between GAFI and the Bank to support the Authority’s strategy of attracting foreign direct investment to Egypt.

This agreement follows GAFI’s successful 2023 mission with HSBC to Singapore and China which underscored how highly investors regard the opportunities that exist for them in Egypt.

Heibah stressed that GAFI is keen to cooperate with HSBC to attract investors through its strong international network across the world and connects Asia, Europe and the Middle East. HSBC will introduce and connect more international investors to the growing business opportunities in Egypt through even closer cooperation with the Authority. This cooperation illustrates the Egyptian Government’s commitment towards fostering a private sector role in the economy. 

Egypt’s diversified economy, strategic location, large consumer market and numerous national projects, including the Suez Canal Economic Zone, underpins the country’s long-term potential.

According to the pact, GAFI will work to provide HSBC Egypt with information regarding investment opportunities in Egypt which include the targeted, priority sectors in line with the government’s plan.

Heibah explained, “We believe that these strategic collaborations and agreements serve as catalysts for fostering investment across diverse sectors and segments. By synergizing our strengths and leveraging the extensive network of financial institutions, we aim to create a robust ecosystem that propels sustainable economic growth and unlocks new avenues for investors nationwide.”

During the signing ceremony, Todd Wilcox said: “The strength of the government’s ambition is demonstrated by its goal of doubling the private sector’s share in the economy over the next four years. This agreement demonstrates HSBC is committed to working with GAFI on this progressive strategy to attract foreign investment and to transform Egypt into a strategic international trade hub.”

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