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EU aid to Egypt under attack

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Amr Darrag discussed a €200m grant to support Egypt’s public budget (currently running a 10.6% of GDP deficit) with EU delegation head James Moran

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Egypt: Too big to bail!

An interesting assumption is continuously being adopted by many of Egypt’s intelligentsia as well as political analysts: “Egypt is too big to fail!” Several people have weaved their own theories touting Egypt’s strategic position and weight in the region which will make it unwise for the “powers that be” to allow it to descend into …

Dr Mohamed Fouad

Your mission, if you choose to accept it…

The moment I heard of the closure of Egypt Independent I felt solemn and gloomy. I knew that this was always a possibility, especially with their financial troubles, but this has been the case for a while now, and the suddenness of its shutdown shocked me as well as most of its readers. Suddenly I …

Mahmoud Salem

Pity Sawiris

At a time when many Egyptian workers are protesting against the chief executives of companies demanding better rights, employees at Orascom Construction Industries demonstrated an unusual display of loyalty against accusations from the government that the company owes EGP 14bn ($2.1bn) in back taxes relating to the 2007 sale of its cement arm to France’s Lafarge. Hundreds of …

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Personal loans increase as inflation and price of goods rise

The value of personal loans made in November 2012 increased by EGP 900m from the month of October. The total value of loans in local currency was EGP 111.2bn for the month of November 2012, as opposed to EGP 110.2bn in October 2012. During the same period, loans made in foreign currency increased from EGP …

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Egypt: Banks attracting Gulf investors

  By Robert Tashima Despite an uncertain political climate and a sluggish economic recovery, the long-term prospects of Egyptian banks are attracting attention from their Gulf counterparts. Two recently announced acquisitions have brought the sector back into the headlines on a positive note, helping offset a recent ratings downgrade. While the transactions also represent the …

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EGX continues sideways movement reflecting market uncertainty

The stock exchange’s main indicator, the EGX30, reflected ongoing instability in the market with a shaky day of trading Wednesday. A slight dip started the day, followed by an up-swing that lasted until midday before it closed at 5,668 points, losing 0.38 per cent of its value. The market has been sensitive to contradictory news …

Mohamed Salah

HSBC to launch mobile banking

During a media roundtable discussion the bank’s MENA regional head of retail banking and wealth management, Francesca McDonagh, announced the bank’s plan to open three new branches this year to cope with the growing residential developments in Egypt.

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

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 …

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Euromoney Egypt Conference Confirmed for October 9-10

The Euromoney Egypt Conference 2012 will now be held on 9 and 10 October at The Fairmont Towers Hotel, Heliopolis.  Euromoney confirms that HE Dr Hisham Kandil will open the conference. Other government speakers include the Minister of Finance, Minister of Investment and Minister of Communications and IT. Political leaders from many parties will also …

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