Egypt Financial Services

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Attempts by the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) to boost lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) dates back more than a decade. The Access to Finance initiative was one of the pillars of the second Egyptian banking reform plan – which was in effect over the 2008-11 period – and introduced the idea of exempting banks from a portion of...


In November 2016 the executive board of the IMF approved a three-year, $12bn loan under an extended fund facility (EFF) to assist with Egypt’s economic reform strategy. The liberalisation of the exchange rate, elimination of the parallel market and the stability of the Egyptian pound were crucial goals of the EFF programme. Moreover, several...


The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) is one of the oldest stock markets in the Middle East and dates back to 1883. It includes the main market, an over-the-counter market, and the Nile Stock Exchange (Nilex) for small and medium-sized enterprises.


How are borrowing costs affecting the demand of domestic players that are looking to secure loans in the local market?


How is volatility in emerging markets impacting investment in Egypt’s capital markets?


How can banks continue to encourage more companies to join the formal sector?

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