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Value Added Tax heads taxation reform discussion

Under the slogan “Future Tax System and its Impact on the Economy and Investment,” the Egyptian Society for Taxation (EST) sponsored a conference yesterday, discussing new reforms which would enhance the Egyptian taxation system. The conference was headed by Ahmed Sawqqi, chairman of the EST, and attended by Mamdouh Omar, the newly appointed chairman of …

Islam Serour

EFSA restructuring complete

The Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA) has finalised the procedures of bringing the Mortgage Finance Authority, the Egyptian Stocks Exchange (ESE) and the Private Insurance Funds under one supervisory body, state-owned news agency MENA has reported. As a result of the merger, all non-banking financial operations including mortgage financial affairs, leasing, factoring, securitisation, insurance activities …

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 …

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Ending post-Soviet journey, Russia takes WTO seat

Moscow (AFP) — Russia on Wednesday crowned a tortuous 18-year journey from communist economic isolation by becoming the largest state outside the World Trade Organization to join the preeminent free trade club. Optimistic economists think the move will give Russia’s $2 trillion economy a serious boost and herald the end of an era marked by …

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Banque Du Caire scores EGP 201 million in Q1

By Islam Serour Banque Du Caire’s financial operations results for the first quarter of 2012 indicate a net profit of EGP 201 million, as opposed to EGP 44.9 million by the end of 2011. According to bank officials, the achieved profit exceeded the targeted figure by 200 percent. Banque Du Caire’s General Assembly, headed by …

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EFG Hermes reports a 66 percent drop in net profits during Q2

By Islam Serour EFG Hermes released the Consolidated Financial Report for the second quarter of 2012. The report concludes that the company’s net income was EGP 27 million on total consolidated revenues worth EGP 477 million, denoting 66 percent decline, in comparison to the same period 2011. Investment Banking revenues account for 41 percent of …

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Ministry of Finance allocates $100m for petroleum deficit

The Ministry of Finance (MOF) has allocated EGP 100 million to the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) for supplying all electricity stations with the required petroleum needs. Minister of Finance Momtaz Al Saeed stated that during July and August, the Ministry allocated EGP 600 million to the EGPC in order to procure the necessary fuel …

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Geithner visit to Germany sparks euro hopes

Brelin (AFP) — The top US finance official began meetings with his German counterpart and the head of the European Central Bank Monday, fuelling hopes Europe is readying decisive action to save the crisis-wracked eurozone. US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner met Wolfgang Schaeuble on a holiday island off the north German coast amid pressure on …

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Outgoing Finance Minister prepares for hand over

By Islam Zayed Momtaz Said, Minister of Finance in the current caretaker government, has been working since yesterday to complete all requests made by government agencies regarding allocations and expenditures before incoming Prime Minister, Dr.HeshamKandil, appoints a new Finance Minister. According to official sources within the Ministry of Finance, Said held a meeting with AymanGohar, …

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New Egyptian-American fund to finance SMEs

U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, announced during her visit to Egypt the establishment of an Egyptian-American fund to provide financing for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Egypt is in need of such financing in order to achieve sustainable economic growth and to create jobs during the transitional period.   The Secretary stated that …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

IMF warns of rising risks to global economy

Washington (AFP) — The International Monetary Fund stepped up its warnings Monday on risks to the global economy, mainly from the crisis-mired eurozone, as it trimmed its growth forecast for the rest of the year. IMF economists said that the frail situations in Spain and Italy especially could quickly turn worse amid market doubts over …

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Government to settle $318m worth of external debt

The Ministry of Finance in co-operation with the Central Bank have managed to allocate $318 million, which represents the value of public debt instalments owed by the government for bonds issued abroad in Egyptian pound  in 2007. A high-ranking source in the Ministry of Finance has affirmed the government’s commitment to the settlement of all instalments owed at …

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Hungary prepares for tough credit talks with IMF-EU

Budapest (AFP) – Hungary and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will take a new stab at a 15-billion-euro credit line deal, starting on Tuesday, following months of delay due to controversial central bank reforms. A delegation of representatives from the IMF and European Union (EU) is due to arrive in Budapest Tuesday for negotiations until …

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Deutsche Bank to co-operate with Libor probe

Berlin (AFP) – Deutsche Bank wants to cooperate with European investigators probing the manipulation of interbank interest rates to limit damage to its reputation and bottom line, a newspaper said Sunday. Germany’s biggest bank has asked the European Commission and Swiss authorities to give it the status of cooperating witness in their investigation of the …

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