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FX is not only indicator for assessing economy: Arqam Capital

Most of the foreign exchange (FX) flows to banks are being directed to alleviating longstanding pressure on the corporate and household sectors to spur economic activity and reduce inflationary pressures, while meeting the demands of foreign companies and investors for repatriation. According to Arqam Capital’s report “The Devil in the FX” published in February, the …

Mohamed Samir

Usage of cards abroad dropped by 55% following flotation: CBE

Egyptians usage of cards abroad dropped by a value of $223m in November and December 2016, following the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) decision to float the national currency—a drop of 55% compared to the same months in 2015. In a press release on Tuesday, CBE stated that data from banks indicate that payments via …

Hossam Mounir

Egyptian remittances amount to $4.6bn in Q4 2016: CBE

Total remittances sent home from Egyptians working abroad rose during the period between October and December 2016 by about $500m, reaching $4.6bn; compared to $4.1bn during the same period in 2015—a growth of 11.8%, according to the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE). Remittances from abroad are considered one of the most important resources for foreign …

Hossam Mounir

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International reserves reach $26.363bn in January, increase by $2.1bn 

The Central Bank of Egypt has announced on Sunday that Egypt’s international reserves reached $26.363bn in January, marking an increase of almost $2.1bn from December 2016’s value of $24.265bn. Since 2011, Egypt’s foreign currency reserves have been constantly drained at unsustainable rates to prevent currency devaluation. By October 2016, foreign reserves had dropped to $19bn …

Mohamed Samir