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Egypt updates its economic plan to obtain IMF loan

The government is in the process of updating the economic plan it presented to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in an attempt to secure the $4.8 billion loan desperately sought by Egypt. “One part is to see, go back and revisit those measures that they had put on hold, which they need to reinstate” and …

Mohamed Salah

Egypt close to agreement with IMF

An agreement on the proposed $4.8 billion loan to Egypt could be reached by mid-November, according to director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christian Lagarde. Lagarde spoke to Egyptian reporters on Thursday in a press briefing that was held during the joint meeting of the IMF and the World Bank in Tokyo. “As you …

Mohamed Salah

Morsy and IMF chief confirm independence of Egypt’s economic policy making

By Noah Chasek-Macfoy International Monetary Fund Director Christine Lagarde confirmed on Saturday that there are no preconditions placed on Egypt before the expected arrival of an IMF delegation at the beginning of next month to discuss Egypt’s request for $4.8 loan. Lagarde’s comments were made after attending a meeting with GCC countries in Riyad. Egypt …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt Discusses a New Loan with the World Bank

By Mohamed Salah The Egyptian government has started negotiating loan with the World Bank to finance the privatisation and restructuring of the public sector. The former International Monetary Fund’s assistant managing director, Dr. Fakhry El-Fekky, said the government may have to continue the privatisation process started by the previous governments. He said there are indicators …

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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 …

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Turkey bolsters Egypt’s coffers

The Turkish government has agreed to inject US two billion into Egypt’s ailing economy following the visit of an Egyptian delegation to Istanbul for the purpose of strengthening Turkish-Egyptian economic ties. The government’s quest to bridge the state budget deficit and promote economic growth was recently manifested by a request to increase the proposed International …

Islam Serour

Review: columnists observe Morsy’s attitude, IMF loan, and Coptic community

Egyptian opinion writers have explored a variety of topics that relate to President Morsy’s surprising moves, starting from his first trip to Saudi, to his latest in Iran. Many columnists continue to dissect Egypt’s internal platform with regards to the growing fears of the Coptic community in the country. Others criticise the acceptance of the …

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Debate over IMF loan persists

By Islam Serour Fears of negative consequences attached to the IMF loan is fuelling debate among Egypt’s business and economic community. Some worry the loan could worsen national debt if the Egyptian pound were to be devalued, while others debate whether the government should focus more on the country’s domestic fiscal position rather than relying …

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IMF Managing Director to visit Egypt

By Islam Serour Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, is scheduled to visit Cairo on 22 August for further discussions with President Mohamed Morsy over a possible IMF loan to Egypt. It has been reported that an IMF mission, led by Masood Ahmed, the IMF director for Middle East and Central …

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