Mohamed El-Bahrawi

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Petroleum giants level criticism at current contractual agreements model

While its true that the Egyptian petroleum industry has endured the past two years of consistent political turmoil better than most industries in Egypt, and has been somewhat successful in sidestepping many of the economic impediments brought about by the lack of stability and security, it is by no means impervious to the structural disarray and the flimsiness of the current government.

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

QNB in final stages of NSGB acquisition

Qatar National Bank (QNB) Group announced that it is in “definitive agreement” with the French bank Societe Generale concerning the acquisition of its entire stake in National Societe Generale Bank Egypt (NSGB). Societe Generale owns 77.17 per cent of NSGB. QNB Group will launch a mandatory tender offer (MTO) for 100 per cent of the …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

Saudi Fund for Development allocates EGP 1.4 billion to finance 3 projects in Egypt

The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) signed three concessional loan agreements with the Egyptian Government. The agreements were signed on Monday 3rd 2012, in Cairo, by the Egyptian Minster of Planning and International Cooperation, Ashraf Al-Araby, and SFD Vice President and Managing Director, Yousef Al-Bassam. As per the first agreement, SFD grants Egypt  EGP 547 million, in a  concessional development …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

The IMF loan in the context of economic reform

The air of ambiguity surrounding Egypt’s receipt of the IMF loan provides a distraction from what the loan is really about, and the clandestine nature of the negotiations goes a long way towards substantiating the true objective of the loan. For the sake of dodging bouts of public rage in times when they’re as frequent …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

Investment and our bipolar administration

Drops of tax “reforms” have been percolating from the cabinet to the public over the past few days, leaving the latter surprised, bewildered and anxious as to what’s yet to come. Wednesday the government approved a progressive income tax and variety of taxes on the securities market. Yesterday, a one per cent bump in sales …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

Shell: Egypt’s ample resources could meet domestic supply

The Country Chair and Managing Director of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, Jeroen Regtien, talks to the Daily News Egypt, highlighting the company’s vision in post-revolution Egypt, the impediments curbing the organic growth of the sector and voices his suggestions on how the government can resolve structural hindrances.

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

Towards liberating the energy market

The petroleum ministry is in its final stages of sanctioning the importation of natural gas by the private sector of the hydrocarbon industry. Many questions come to mind as to the consequences of such move, considering the absence of information to clarify the mechanisms by which the government is proposing to implement this policy. Why …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

Swimming against the current

The government’s prescription to treat the economic recession we’re currently enduring has been a two-fold solution of increasing foreign investment and seeking more international loans. The monetary policy of maintaining the stability of the Egyptian pound against depreciation is a top priority. But how long can the state keep this up? How overvalued is the …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

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.

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Scratching the surface of the financial crisis

For several weeks now, state-run media has been depicting a somewhat rosy outlook on the economy. Government officials are downplaying the gravity of issues; prominent figures such as Hassan Malek spew comforting statements,citing the pending influx of foreign investment and loans from international financial lenders and governments. The IMF loan , which would shore-up the …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

The myth of the underdog

Could it all be just a big bubble? How big will the clout of zealous political Islam get before Egyptians begin to realise that it’s just another trick to mobilise masses and score votes? At the expense of painting with a broad brush, political Islam in Egypt might be a bubble close tobursting. The underdog …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

Plenty of blame to go around

The contagious wrath that has gripped the hearts and minds of Muslims over the despicable depiction of the prophet Muhammad in a widely circulating video is justifiably righteous. Yet, how we chose to channel that rage forces us to call into question the very essence of how we’ve come to interpret the teachings of our …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

OPIC to focus investments on franchise, renewable energy and SMEs

As part of the US delegation’s mission to Egypt, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a US government financing institution, signed a $150 million deal with private equity group Abraaj Capital. The new commitment targets the enhancement and development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Managed by Aureos Capital, Abraaj’s SMEs investment platform, the Riyada …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi