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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Egypt targets 26% subsidy cuts for petroleum products, 47% for electricity

The Egyptian government aims to cut petroleum subsidies by about 26%, and electricity subsidies by 47% in the draft budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018/19, according to Reuters. The government document allegedly obtained by the news agency showed that the value of subsidies in the new budget amounted to EGP 89.075bn, down from about EGP …

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Trump will regret nuclear deal pullout: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that the American President Donald Trump would regret it if he decided to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal signed between Tehran and six world powers, Reuters reported on Monday. Iran’s response will be stronger than what the US imagine, and they would see that within a week, Rouhani said …

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Egypt targets 4% deficit by 2022: El-Garhy

Egypt’s Minister of Finance Amr El-Garhy said that his ministry aims to reduce the budget deficit to 4% by 2022, while continuing the economic reform programme, according to state-owned Middle East News Agency. El-Garhy’s statement came on the sidelines of the launch event of the “system of tax returns, discount, and collection, with the activation …

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EGP 942bn investments in government’s development plan for FY 2018/19

The government’s economic and social development plan for fiscal year (FY) 2018/19 includes total investments of EGP 942bn. The new plan marks a 46% increase compared to FY 2017/18. The plan was revealed by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail during a cabinet meeting on Thursday. Ismail explained that it is the largest investment plan in Egyptian …

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Sarah Francis’ Dead Dog wins CineGouna award at Beirut Cinema Platform 

CineGouna Platform presented award to Dead Dog by Sarah Francis at Beirut Cinema Platform (BCP). The award will guarantee the film’s automatic selection as part of CineGouna Springboard. “El Gouna Film Festival aims to support Arab filmmakers and Arab cinema through the CineGouna platform; therefore, we are excited to be supporting Beirut Cinema Platform through …

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Amid moderate voter turnout, Al-Sisi heads toward second term victory

Egyptians continued to cast their ballots in the 2018 presidential election which kicked off on Monday. Citizens across the country voted amid tight security. Over 11,000 polling stations nationwide will again open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Wednesday. Voting started to a slower turnout on Tuesday, as authorities urged people to turn out and …

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Egyptian court bans ride-hailing apps Uber, Careem

Egypt’s Administrative Court issued a verdict on Tuesday to bar ride-hailing services Uber and Careem from operating in the country, saying they violate Egyptian law. The court verdict will go into effect immediately, but it can be appealed before Egypt’s Higher Administrative Court. Careem, on their official Facebook page, said that the company has not …

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Moody’s ranks Egypt’s 1st movable collateral registry as credit positive for banks

Moody’s Investors Service announced on Sunday that Egypt’s first movable collateral registry, which was launched by the Financial Regulatory Authority last Sunday, is credit positive for Egyptian banks. The newly launched collateral registry will inform banks’ credit decisions and improve their ability to secure movable collateral, such as a borrowers’ machinery, inventory, patents, and crops, …

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Abla: Where parts are greater than the sum 

When you ask for directions to Kerdasa, buried deep in the outskirts of Giza, the answer can fill two pages of a notebook. “You drive along one side of the Nile Corniche, go over a bridge, turn right, go up and up along a single-track road” and after several kilometres think, “where is this place?” …

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Developing Egypt’s natural gas network essential for economic activity

Projects to develop and improve the efficiency of Egypt’s national natural gas network are currently underway as gas transmission is essential for various economic and domestic activities across Egypt, said Minister of Petroleum Tarek El-Molla El-Molla explained that these developments are necessary to meet the increase in consumption and to accommodate the changes occurring in …

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Cyprus faces unprecedented Turkish intransigence, arrogance: Cypriot presidential commissioner

Cyprus’s presidential commissioner, Photis Photiou, said that Cyprus faces the intransigence of Turkey and its unprecedented arrogance, in addition to flagrant violations of international laws relating to Cyprus’s sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone. Photiou’s remarks came during a press conference on Sunday, where he explained that his country will continue efforts to find …

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Egypt receives final $1bn tranche of World Bank loan

Egypt has received the third and final $1bn tranche of the $3bn World Bank loan on Wednesday, according to Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr. Nasr added that Egypt has received another $150m from the Group of Seven (G7), in addition to receiving $250m from Germany and $170m from France, to fund the …

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