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Central Bank of Egypt earmarks $1.44bn for low-cost housing

Reuters – Egypt’s central bank said on Tuesday it would allocate EGP 10bn ($1.44bn) for low-cost housing projects, one of the demands in protests that led to the ouster of autocratic President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Better living conditions, an end to official corruption and more democratic rights figured prominently in those protests. About half …

Daily News Egypt

Qatar’s Masraf Al Rayan buys Islamic Bank of Britain

Reuters – Masraf Al Rayan, Qatar’s largest sharia-compliant bank by market value, said on Thursday it had completed its acquisition of Islamic Bank of Britain (IBB). Al Rayan did not disclose the terms of the purchase. IBB was majority-owned by another Qatari lender, Qatar International Islamic Bank, which had been in discussions with Al Rayan over a sale since mid-2012. Al Rayan said in a bourse …

Daily News Egypt

Swiss banks sign up to reveal hidden accounts

Around 40 of Switzerland’s some 300 banks have already said publicly they will take part in a US programme set up to allow Swiss financial institutions to avoid US prosecution in exchange for coming clean and possibly paying steep fines.

Daily News Egypt

SCAF-instated CBE law modifications to be confirmed by Morsy

President Morsy will issue a declaration in a few days to amend 2 articles of the presidential decree number 64 for 2004 governing the Central Bank of Egypt, according to state-owned Al-Ahram. The cabinet has already approved the modification to the law that was issued by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) last year. …

Fady Salah

SODIC: no litigation against us

The Sixth of October for Development and Investment Company (SODIC), Egypt’s third largest real estate developer, reported to the Egyptian Stock Exchange that no lawsuits were filed against them by the Lebanese multinational real estate developer Solidere. According to AhramOnline’s report on Tuesday; Beltone, a Cairo-based investment bank, stated that Solidere announced Sunday its plans …

Islam Serour