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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The Egyptian Exchange approves Banque du Caire shares listing in EGX

The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) has announced their acceptance of  Banque du Caire’s application to list its shares in the EGX with a capital of EGP 2.25bn, distributed over 562.5m shares with a nominal value of EGP 4 per share in a statement on Wednesday. Tarek Amer, governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has …

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International reserves reach $26.363bn in January, increase by $2.1bn 

The Central Bank of Egypt has announced on Sunday that Egypt’s international reserves reached $26.363bn in January, marking an increase of almost $2.1bn from December 2016’s value of $24.265bn. Since 2011, Egypt’s foreign currency reserves have been constantly drained at unsustainable rates to prevent currency devaluation. By October 2016, foreign reserves had dropped to $19bn …

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Could Saudi challenges become Iraqi opportunities for Egypt?

In the 1970s, the alliance between Egypt and Saudi Arabia was formed as a result to the countries’ mutual interests and threats. The ties between the two countries were stronger than ever, especially after Egypt had led the Arab participation in the international coalition against former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in the early 1990s, after …

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Egypt’s economy: outlook and challenges in the eyes of international financial institutions 

After several years marked by turbulence and uncertainty, Egypt’s economy encountered numerous challenges, from political unrest and declining tourism, to foreign currency and fuel shortages, which led the government to adopt an economic reform programme to improve Egypt’s public finances. Between September and November 2016, authorities introduced the value-added tax law (VAT), a free-floating currency, …

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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 …

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Hotel revenues per available room forecasted to grow by 8% between December, February in Cairo: Colliers 

Cairo hotels continued to show a strong performance despite the recent devaluation of the local currency. The continued surge in revenues per available rooms (RevPAR) is a result of the increasing Average Daily Rates (ADR), according to Colliers International’s MENA Hotel Forecasts December 2016 report. Consequently, hotel profitability rates are expected to further enhance. According …

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Egypt’s GDP growth rate expected to fall to 4% in 2017: World Bank

In its report “Global Economic Prospects”, the World Bank stated that among oil-importing economies, growth in Egypt has slightly declined to 4.3 % in fiscal year (FY) 2016. This comes as a result of foreign currency shortages which feed manufacturing and a decline in tourism after the crash of a Russian aeroplane in the Sinai …

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Was the government ready for the flotation’s consequences?

Squeezed by economic and political turmoil following the 25 January Revolution that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians are now facing a new era of hardship and austerity. The government’s adopted economic reform programme, backed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), included the flotation of the Egyptian pound, subsidy cuts, high interest rates, and the …

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Al-Sisi asks citizens to endure 6 months of hardship

On Wednesday during the opening of the National Project for Fish Farming in the Suez Canal area in Ismailia, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi called on Egyptians to endure the economic hardships resulting from governmental reforms for the next six months. During his speech, he reasserted the state’s commitment to its economic reforms, and promised citizens …

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The dilemma of Egypt’s public wages from Abdel Nasser to Al-Sisi

  Reforming the public sector and reducing its wages are some of the key elements of the economic reform programme adopted by the Egyptian government, and blessed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Yet, according to a study by the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights titled “Changes in the Public Sector Wage Policies …

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Could the visit of Libya’s National Oil Corporation chairperson to Cairo solve Egypt’s oil imports challenge?

  On Wednesday, the chairperson of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) visited Cairo to meet with Minister of Petroleum Tarek El Molla to discuss mutual cooperation opportunities between the two countries in the oil and gas sector. The visit comes after the announcement of new gains in Libya’s oil production this week. Despite Egypt’s abundance …

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