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Shell: Egypt’s ample resources could meet domestic supply

The Country Chair and Managing Director of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, Jeroen Regtien, talks to the Daily News Egypt, highlighting the company’s vision in post-revolution Egypt, the impediments curbing the organic growth of the sector and voices his suggestions on how the government can resolve structural hindrances.

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Towards liberating the energy market

The petroleum ministry is in its final stages of sanctioning the importation of natural gas by the private sector of the hydrocarbon industry. Many questions come to mind as to the consequences of such move, considering the absence of information to clarify the mechanisms by which the government is proposing to implement this policy. Why …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

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 …

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HSBC to launch mobile banking

During a media roundtable discussion the bank’s MENA regional head of retail banking and wealth management, Francesca McDonagh, announced the bank’s plan to open three new branches this year to cope with the growing residential developments in Egypt.

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Scratching the surface of the financial crisis

For several weeks now, state-run media has been depicting a somewhat rosy outlook on the economy. Government officials are downplaying the gravity of issues; prominent figures such as Hassan Malek spew comforting statements,citing the pending influx of foreign investment and loans from international financial lenders and governments. The IMF loan , which would shore-up the …

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The myth of the underdog

Could it all be just a big bubble? How big will the clout of zealous political Islam get before Egyptians begin to realise that it’s just another trick to mobilise masses and score votes? At the expense of painting with a broad brush, political Islam in Egypt might be a bubble close tobursting. The underdog …

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Plenty of blame to go around

The contagious wrath that has gripped the hearts and minds of Muslims over the despicable depiction of the prophet Muhammad in a widely circulating video is justifiably righteous. Yet, how we chose to channel that rage forces us to call into question the very essence of how we’ve come to interpret the teachings of our …

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OPIC to focus investments on franchise, renewable energy and SMEs

As part of the US delegation’s mission to Egypt, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a US government financing institution, signed a $150 million deal with private equity group Abraaj Capital. The new commitment targets the enhancement and development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Managed by Aureos Capital, Abraaj’s SMEs investment platform, the Riyada …

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Is Morsy pivoting eastwards?

Last week was quite eventful for our illustrious president. From his visit to China to his presence in the Non- Aligned Movement’s (NAM) summit, Morsy’s political clout has been progressively expanding as he strives to reinvigorate the image of Egypt, the leader of the Arab world. Since his ascent to power, Morsy has confidently taken …

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A useful idiot

  Egyptian political theatre never fails to entertain, and its latest clowns and the sheer absurdity of their demands made for quite a show in these last few weeks. Mohamed Abu Hamed’s call for a “revolution” to end the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood and what he dubbed as the “ikhwanisation of the state” is …

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New Egyptian-American fund to finance SMEs

U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, announced during her visit to Egypt the establishment of an Egyptian-American fund to provide financing for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Egypt is in need of such financing in order to achieve sustainable economic growth and to create jobs during the transitional period.   The Secretary stated that …

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Government approves new centre for the development of SMEs

Ganzouri’s cabinet has approved the transformation of the Industrial Modernization Center (IMC) into a centre that focuses on the development of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The goal of the new centre is to offer a variety of services to SMEs, as they account for 90% of total business in Egypt, provide 65% of …

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First specialised website to support investment and trade in Egypt

In an effort to bolster sustainable economic development, the Crédit Agricole Bank of Egypt held a symposium yesterday in collaboration with several key organisations, titled “Supporting Trade and Investment.” Among the participants were the representatives of the Investment Network and EUROMENA Investment fund (ANIMA,), the General Authority for Investment (GAFI,) the Egyptian Junior Business Association …

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Dana Petroleum adds two new wells to its Egyptian portfolio

The Aberdeen-based Dana Petroleum has completed the appraisal of two developmental wells in the Lorcan development lease located in the Gulf of Suez area. Drilling the first well, dubbed Fin-2X, started on the 12th of last of May using the Sino Tharwa ST-1 rig. The well has reached the depth of 9,700 feet at the …

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G20 reinforces EU aspirations

World leaders convened in Los Cabos, Mexico on the 18th and 19th for the G20 summit. The tentatively optimistic spirit of the conference was evident in the pledge by member states to act collaboratively towards empowering sustainable economic growth within their markets. A pivotal point of the summit’s agenda was lending more attention to the …

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