Mohamed Samir

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Mohamed Samir is an economic and political journalist, and analyst specialising in the Middle East. Over the past decade, he covered Egypt’s and the MENA region’s financial, business, and geopolitical updates. He is currently the Deputy Executive Editor of the Daily News Egypt.

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Egyptian food retail market grows stronger despite challenges

Egypt continues to maintain its position as the Arab world’s largest consumer market. With an estimated 92 million citizens and one of the world’s fastest growing populations, the demand for food products will continue to grow. Although the country faced various economic challenges following the 2011 and 2013 regime changes and subsequent decreases in tourism …

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Cairo hotel revenues to drop: Colliers International

Although Cairo occupancy rates are forecast to be healthy, a pronounced drop in hotel revenues per available room (RevPAR) is expected as a result of the devaluation of the Egyptian currency in November, according to Colliers International’s “The MENA Hotel Forecasts” February report.

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FX is not only indicator for assessing economy: Arqam Capital

Most of the foreign exchange (FX) flows to banks are being directed to alleviating longstanding pressure on the corporate and household sectors to spur economic activity and reduce inflationary pressures, while meeting the demands of foreign companies and investors for repatriation. According to Arqam Capital’s report “The Devil in the FX” published in February, the …

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Egypt rebalancing continues, yet challenging year lies ahead: Fitch

“The rising levels of foreign exchange (FX) reserves, a return of private capital inflows, and appreciation of currency, marks the progress in Egypt’s gradual external rebalancing in early 2017. Further fiscal consolidation in addition to external rebalancing would lay the groundwork for a broader-based improvement in sovereign credit metrics in 2018,” said Fitch Ratings in …

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World Bank delegation to visit Cairo 

A high-level delegation from the World Bank is scheduled to visit Egypt within the next two weeks to review the regulations undertaken by the government to enhance Egypt’s business environment and activities. The review will then be published in the World Bank’s “Doing Business” annual report, said Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr …

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Currency flotation is paying off as foreign flows drive foreign-exchange stabilisation: EFG Hermes

Squeezed by turbulence and uncertainty since 2011, Egypt’s economy encountered numerous challenges, such as the prolonged political transition that led to the build-up of macroeconomic imbalances. The government decided to adopt an economic reform programme—backed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF)—which included the introduction of the value-added tax (VAT) law, the reduction of fuel subsidies, …

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