Egypt Legal Framework

Chapter | Legal Framework from The Report: Egypt 2020

This chapter explores Egypt’s legal system, including the laws that are most relevant for foreign investors. These include those that regulate corporate operations, labour, investment and property, as well as the regulations governing the country’s free zones. In recent years efforts have been made to ensure that local and international investors are treated equally, and a number of business...

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.

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The legal environment is a major factor in an investor’s decision to set up shop in a foreign country, as is the ease of doing business once the enterprise begins operations. Egyptian laws that are most relevant for foreign investors are those that regulate corporate operations, labour, investment and property.

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.

 

Due to the political climate, Egypt has faced a number of economic challenges. While the uprisings have brought the country out of stagnation, they have also interrupted commerce, which had led to a prolonged closure of the stock market as well as a drop in some of the country’s main industries, such as tourism.

 

The legal environment is a major factor in an investor’s decision to set up shop in a foreign country and the ease of doing business once operable. This overview sheds light on the relevant laws that are most applicable to foreign investors in Egypt, focusing on the corporate, labour, investment and property laws of the country.

Chapter | Legal Framework from The Report: Egypt 2019

This chapter introduces the reader to the different aspects of the legal system in Egypt, in partnership with Helmy, Hamza & Partners. It also contains a viewpoint with Mohamad Talaat, Managing Partner, Helmy, Hamza & Partners.

As Egypt is the most-populous Arab nation and third-most populous in Africa, population pressure is driving the nation’s economic agenda, with an estimated 3.5m young Egyptians entering the labour force by 2023. Recent years have seen an array of public initiatives aimed at encouraging private sector activity, but these remain hampered by a challenging economic backdrop and structural hurdles.

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