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What if foreign investment flows in?

Statements on investment and economic achievements made by Mubarak-regime ministers were never met with trust by the general public, while specialists could see that they were nothing more than media fireworks systematically set off to improve the picture of utter destruction the country’s state of affairs had reached. A simple review of the number of …

Mustafa Sakr

Ministry of Finance to issue more FRNs

The Ministry of Finance has reported it will issue an additional EGP one billion in Floating Rate Notes (FRNs) by the beginning of October. FRNs are bonds with a variable interest rate that changes every six months and is tied to a certain money-market index. According to experts, FRNs provide protection to investors against drops …

Islam Serour

The Economist: Egypt third most indebted nation in the world

By Hend El-Behary Egypt is the third most indebted country in the world, according to the Economist magazine. Egyptian public debt currently stands at US$206.999 billion, which amounts to 82 per cent of GDP. The current economic status could drive Egypt into full financial crisis, the magazine reported. Spain and Greece were the first equal …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt cellular carriers condemn new tax-per-minute proposition

By Hend El-Behary A wave of condemnation from Egypt’s main cellular carriers Mobinil, Vodafone and Etislat followed Finance Minister Momtaz El-Saeed’s unexpected suggestion to impose per minute taxes on mobile phone calls last Monday. El-Saeed declared the ministry is studying the feasibility of a one piastre per minute fee on every mobile phone call as a …

Daily News Egypt

New floating-rate notes see significant success

By Hend El-Behary The Ministry of Finance has received offers equating to EGP 2.5 billion for the first Floating-Rate Note (FRN) ever issued in Egypt. The move comes in the context of the ministry’s strategy to diversify public debt instruments, according the ministry’s press release. FRN are bonds with a variable interest rate. The adjustments …

Daily News Egypt

Government promotes public-private partnerships

Driven by the current financial shortfall, the Egyptian government has begun discussions regarding prospective public-private partnerships (PPP). According to officials, PPP are intended to catalyse infrastructure development, of which the country is in desperate need. The Ministry of Finance launched the MENA Project Finance and PPP two day conference yesterday, under the patronage of Prime …

Islam Serour

Tax Authroity new head vowes to boost tax revenues

Egypt’s Tax Authority (TA) hopes to increase tax revenues to EGP 230 billion, according to newly appointed chairman Mamdouh Omar. The TA plans to promote new leadership to ensure justice within the body, Omar told a meeting with heads of regional bureaus and managers of different departments on Monday. According to commentators, taxation in Egypt …

Islam Serour

New fiscal measures to address state budget deficit

By Islam Zayed and Mohamed Abdel Monsef The Government has prepared a new bundle of legislation aimed at increasing national revenue and alleviating budget strain. The legislation is scheduled to be enacted by year’s end. The Ministry of Finance (MOF) will enact further legislation to collect overdue taxes. The new bill resembles the tax payment …

Daily News Egypt

Housing Authority completes the development of 153 villages in Upper Egypt

By Mohamed Darwish The Central Authority for Housing (CAH) concluded the development of 153 villages at the beginning of the month, costing EGP 2.5 billion. The development rate in 373 villages reached 45%, costing EGP 3.5 billion in the Sohag, Assuit, Qena, Luxor and Menya governorates. General Mahmoud El-Maghawry, Director of the CAH, said that …

Daily News Egypt

Israel to vote on sweeping austerity measures

(AFP) – Ministers in Israel’s cabinet were on Monday preparing to vote on a package of sweeping economic austerity measures in a bid to cut the budget deficit, in a move expected to hit the underprivileged hard. Central to the plan is a hike in income tax and VAT, as well as a 700 million …

Daily News Egypt

Previous fiscal year characterised by rising GDP deficit

The Egypt Economic Performance Report for July-May of the fiscal year 2011-2012 revealed a continued rise in the overall GDP deficit, valued at EGP 136.5 billion or 8.8% of GDP, compared to EGP 112.6 billion for the same period last year. The former has dropped by 2.9%, as opposed to the latter, which dropped by …

Daily News Egypt

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