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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Madbouly’s new economic portfolio ministers: Who’s who?

The cabinet of Mostafa Madbouly was sworn on before President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi Thursday to serve as Egypt’s new government. The core economic group of Egypt’s cabinet consists of the Ministries of Finance, Public Sector Affairs, Investment, and Industry. Ministers of other economy-related portfolios, such as trade, tourism, and petroleum, were announced. Mohamed Moeit, was …

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Brazil has highest probability of winning World Cup: Goldman Sachs

Brazil will win its sixth World Cup title, defeating Germany in the final on July 15, according to the The World Cup and Economics report issued by the Goldman Sachs Group on Tuesday. “When Lionel Messi observed that ‘in football…talent and elegance mean nothing without rigor and precision,’ he was clearly thinking as much about …

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Macroeconomic picture improves, yet progress needs to be made on unemployment, closing housing gap, financial inclusion: OBG Egypt director

Throughout the past three years, Egypt has been through tough but necessary economic reforms, undertaken by the authorities and supported by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The reforms aim to improve Egypt’s public finances, curb the budget deficit, and get the currency shortage under control, all while achieving sustainable growth. The economic reforms came after …

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Egyptian economy in good shape as FY 2018 ends: FocusEconomics

Egypt’s economy seems in good shape as annual economic growth accelerated in the January-March period to reach a multi-year high. Additionally, in May, foreign reserves hit a record monthly high and, in April, business conditions in the non-oil private sector were in positive territory for only the second time in over two years, according to …

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Egypt PMI back to contraction in May: Emirates NBD

Egypt’s non-oil private sector activity continued to shrink in May to reach 49.2 points, down from 50.1 points in April. Nonetheless, the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) score for May remained well above the long-term average, according to the latest Emirates NBD Egypt Purchasing Managers’ Index survey, published on Tuesday. However, according to the survey, there …

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Egypt to launch 2 exploration, production international bids: petroleum minister

The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources intends to put forward two international bids for oil and gas exploration and production in 2018 in 27 concessions, said Petroleum Minister Tarek El-Molla on Monday. El-Molla explained that the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) bid will include 11 concessions, five of which are in the Western Desert, …

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Iran to maintain oil exports if EU salvages nuclear deal

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said that the US President Donald Trump’s decision to quit a multinational nuclear deal would not affect Tehran’s oil exports if the European Union (EU) could salvage the pact, Reuters reported. The Iran nuclear deal was signed by Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, along with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, …

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IMF completes Egypt’s third review mission, agrees to disbursement of $2bn instalment

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation has reached a staff-level agreement—subject to approval by the IMF’s Executive Board—on the second $2b tranche disbursement of the $12bn loan, bringing total disbursements under the programme to $8bn. The agreement came after the fund’s third review of Egypt’s economic reform programme during the delegation’s visit to Cairo from …

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Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada hotels named touristic hotspots; 45%, 31% forecasted growth respectively: Colliers

Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada hotels were named touristic hotspots by Colliers International, with a forecasted growth of 45% and 31% respectively in revenues per available rooms (RevPAR). The surge is a result of an improved security perception and a surge in international leisure demand, according to Colliers’ The MENA Hotel Forecast April 2018 report. On …

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Qalaa revenues increase 22% y-o-y in FY 2016/17 to reach EGP 9.3bn

Qalaa Holdings announced on Tuesday a 22% year-over-year increase in revenues in fiscal year (FY) 2016/2017, to reach EGP 9.3bn, due to the favourable economic trends along with its energy subsidiaries’ strong growth. The consolidated financial results cite top-line performance achieved by TAQA Arabia and Tawazon, and increased competitiveness at ASCOM’s mining subsidiaries; FY 2016/2017 …

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S&P’s upgrade of credit rating confirms Egypt is on right path: El-Garhy

Minister of Finance Amr El-Garhy welcomed the Friday decision of Standard & Poor’s (S&P) to raise Egypt’s credit rating to B from B-, stressing that this step confirms that the state is on the right path and asserts confidence in the Egyptian economic reform programme. El-Garhy added that the decision will contribute to attracting more …

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Egypt’s economic outlook improves backed by PMI improvement, inflation decline, Zohr gas field: FocusEconomics

Egypt’s economy appears to be in good shape approaching the end of this fiscal year (FY), backed by improvements in non-oil private sector business conditions in the purchasing managers index (PMI), upward trend of foreign reserves, decline in inflation rates, and doubling the Zohr gas field’s output capacity, according to FocusEconomics’ Consensus Forecast Middle East …

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