With one of the biggest consumer markets in the region and robust fundamentals, Egypt is well placed to attract international investment and emerge from this difficult period in a strong position. Although the Covid-19 pandemic has caused considerable disruption, the government’s ongoing reform efforts have helped to mitigate the worst effects of the crisis.
While the coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on Egypt’s insurance sector, the continued rollout of universal health coverage, alongside targeted expansion in particular segments, could provide potential for future growth.
Egypt’s capital market has been noticeably attracting foreign inflows since the floatation of the Egyptian pound in November 2016, which was part of the country’s economic reform programme agreement signed with the IMF under the $12bn extended fund facility. The currency devaluation was followed by 700 basis-point interest rate hikes, taking...
In what ways have the recent economic reforms isolated Egypt from global market trends and volatility?
The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) is one of the oldest stock markets in the Middle East and can be traced back to 1883. It covers the main market, an over-the-counter market and the Nile Stock Exchange (Nilex), the last of which is a market for small and medium-sized enterprises. As of April 2020 there were 218 companies listed on the main market,...
How would you evaluate the capacity of Egypt’s banks to lead the country’s post-Covid-19 recovery?
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