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Egypt to receive 2nd tranche of African Development Bank loan

On Monday, the Minister of International Cooperation Sahar Nasr signed an agreement with Leila Mokaddem, resident representative of the African Development Bank (AFDB) to receive $500m as the second tranche of a $1.5bn loan. The loan was agreed on last year. The tranche will be given to Egypt in January 2017, according to Prajesh Bhakta, …

Hisham Salah

IMF-backed reform programme is Egypt’s best shot but poses high potential risk: FocusEconomics

November was a month of interesting developments for Egypt, from the Central Bank of Egypt’s (CBE) decision to float the national currency, to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) approval of the $12bn loan, a correction of external balances, and an expected soaring fiscal deficit. According to FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast for the Middle East and North …

Mohamed Samir

How should the government pace its reforms after the IMF loan approval?

On 11 November, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a $12bn three-year extended fund facility for Egypt, in support of the government’s economic reform programme. Ever since negotiations with the IMF started, the government has implemented a number of economic reforms, including passing the civil service and value-added tax laws, floating …

Hisham Salah

Social safety nets can be a lifeline for victims of pound flotation

I decided to swim against the tide that accompanied the flotation of the Egyptian pound, the rumbling flood of comments on social media networks and opinion articles that filled newspapers and websites. Everyone is talking about the flotation and cuts to fuel subsidies, some people understand what they are talking about while others are driven …

Hany Aboul Fotouh

$460m loan from Japan to finance construction of Grand Egyptian Museum

Minister of International Cooperation Sahar Nasr and Japanese ambassador to Egypt Takehiro Kagawa signed on Monday a $460m loan to finance the second phase of the Grand Egyptian Museum. Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Anany also signed the loan agreement for the project with Teruyuki Ito, chief representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Nasr …

Hisham Salah

External debt: a tricky, dangerous route towards reform

Egypt’s negotiations for loans from the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and the African Development Bank would increase the country’s external debt to approximately $70bn. Yet, the government views the loans as a way for reforming poor economic conditions that have plagued the country since 2011, and a tool to attract foreign investment.   Essentially, …

Hisham Salah

NBE aims to increase SMEs loan portfolio to 70bn in 4 years

The National Bank of Egypt (NBE) aims to increase the size of loans granted to small- and medium–sized enterprises to EGP 70bn over four years, according to the bank’s CEO Hazem Hegazy. Hegazy said that NBE began funding SMEs in 2010, noting that the current size of loans granted to these projects amounts to EGP …

Hossam Mounir

The 3-week challenge: the IMF’s tricky homework for Egypt

When the people of Egypt heard that the government was willing to take a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), they didn’t think that the government had decided to walk down a hard, tiring path. They didn’t know that Egypt would apply austerity measures that would affect their lives, by cutting its subsidies for …

Hisham Salah