Mohamed Samir

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

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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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Egyptian economy is gaining momentum: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

With the trade in Egyptian Treasury bills (T-bills) gaining ground, the witnessed drop in T-bill yields at auctions is an indication of the increasing foreign investor participation and is providing support to the USD/EGP trade with a better tone, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s February insight report. The report cites the unofficial announcement …

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New “Shared Development” HR model may be the answer to the challenges in the wake of economic downturn

Throughout history, despite the evolution of society, the foundations of the economy remained unchanged. In the era of agriculture, the economy was based on fertile lands. During the industrial era, it was based on production; and, now, in what we can call the era of informatics, the foundation consists of communications, information, and computer technology. …

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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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