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Egyptian economy is gaining momentum: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

With the trade in Egyptian Treasury bills (T-bills) gaining ground, the witnessed drop in T-bill yields at auctions is an indication of the increasing foreign investor participation and is providing support to the USD/EGP trade with a better tone, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s February insight report. The report cites the unofficial announcement …

Mohamed Samir

Banks pose new restrictions to confront saving certificates leveraging scheme

A number of banks in Egypt have developed new restrictions for granting loans guaranteed by deposits, both short-term deposits and saving certificates. This aims to put an end to the phenomenon—also known as leveraging—that swept through banks in the past few days. Over the week, banks have noticed an increase in appetite from customers to …

Hossam Mounir

SMEs need more than bank loans with low interest rates to succeed: experts

During his meeting with Minister of Industry and Trade Tarek Kabil, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi emphasised the importance of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and how these could improve Egypt’s economy. The president noted that banks should provide loans with low interest rates not exceeding 5%, as the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) initiative stipulated. …

Hisham Salah