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How has the insurance sector been affected by recent reforms and policy changes?

 

While advanced economies generate the vast majority of insurance and reinsurance business, emerging markets are posting higher rates of growth. Complementing this underlying trend is a strong and expanding interest in catastrophic risk, which by nature tends to pertain to emerging markets. This is coming alongside fast-paced, sector-...

 

The liquidity scenario in Egypt has shifted significantly in recent years. In terms of local currency liquidity, levels have remained buoyant despite a challenging economic environment. Elsewhere in the MENA region, governments have had to resort to drawing heavily on banking sector deposits to address the fiscal shortfalls caused by low...

 

The published draft of the new banking law, the latest reform from the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), was made public in July 2017, and its potential changes fast became a major talking point for the sector. Formulated after lengthy consultation with global experts – which included meetings with the IMF, the World Bank and the Bank of England –...

 

In addition to having one of the biggest banking sectors in the North African region, Egypt’s is also one of the most profitable. In more recent times, lenders have made easy gains on high-yielding government debt following the 2011 revolution, while an improving macroeconomic environment and the flotation of the local currency lead to another...