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Swimming against the current

The government’s prescription to treat the economic recession we’re currently enduring has been a two-fold solution of increasing foreign investment and seeking more international loans. The monetary policy of maintaining the stability of the Egyptian pound against depreciation is a top priority. But how long can the state keep this up? How overvalued is the …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

For the seventh time: CBE fixes interest rates on deposits and loans

In its meeting Thursday, the monetary policy committee in the Central Bank of Egypt has decided to fix the interest rates on deposits at 9.25 per cent and on the one night lending at 10.25 per cent for the seventh time since February, in an attempt to maintain the bank’s monetary policy and to control …

Mohamed Salah

Ministry of Transport considers metro fare increase

The Ministry of Transport is studying the feasibility of raising the price of metro tickets by around a quarter. Currently EGP1, the new price would be between 125 to 150 piastres, Egyptian media has reported. Furthermore, the ministry is also considering cutting subsidies for public servants, students, the military and police. Egyptian media published contradictory …

Hend El-Behary

What if foreign investment flows in?

Statements on investment and economic achievements made by Mubarak-regime ministers were never met with trust by the general public, while specialists could see that they were nothing more than media fireworks systematically set off to improve the picture of utter destruction the country’s state of affairs had reached. A simple review of the number of …

Mustafa Sakr

Ministry of Finance to issue more FRNs

The Ministry of Finance has reported it will issue an additional EGP one billion in Floating Rate Notes (FRNs) by the beginning of October. FRNs are bonds with a variable interest rate that changes every six months and is tied to a certain money-market index. According to experts, FRNs provide protection to investors against drops …

Islam Serour

The Economist: Egypt third most indebted nation in the world

By Hend El-Behary Egypt is the third most indebted country in the world, according to the Economist magazine. Egyptian public debt currently stands at US$206.999 billion, which amounts to 82 per cent of GDP. The current economic status could drive Egypt into full financial crisis, the magazine reported. Spain and Greece were the first equal …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt cellular carriers condemn new tax-per-minute proposition

By Hend El-Behary A wave of condemnation from Egypt’s main cellular carriers Mobinil, Vodafone and Etislat followed Finance Minister Momtaz El-Saeed’s unexpected suggestion to impose per minute taxes on mobile phone calls last Monday. El-Saeed declared the ministry is studying the feasibility of a one piastre per minute fee on every mobile phone call as a …

Daily News Egypt

New floating-rate notes see significant success

By Hend El-Behary The Ministry of Finance has received offers equating to EGP 2.5 billion for the first Floating-Rate Note (FRN) ever issued in Egypt. The move comes in the context of the ministry’s strategy to diversify public debt instruments, according the ministry’s press release. FRN are bonds with a variable interest rate. The adjustments …

Daily News Egypt

Government promotes public-private partnerships

Driven by the current financial shortfall, the Egyptian government has begun discussions regarding prospective public-private partnerships (PPP). According to officials, PPP are intended to catalyse infrastructure development, of which the country is in desperate need. The Ministry of Finance launched the MENA Project Finance and PPP two day conference yesterday, under the patronage of Prime …

Islam Serour

Tax Authroity new head vowes to boost tax revenues

Egypt’s Tax Authority (TA) hopes to increase tax revenues to EGP 230 billion, according to newly appointed chairman Mamdouh Omar. The TA plans to promote new leadership to ensure justice within the body, Omar told a meeting with heads of regional bureaus and managers of different departments on Monday. According to commentators, taxation in Egypt …

Islam Serour