• Retail

    Western-style shopping malls are increasingly popular in emerging markets. OBG’s retail sector analysis looks at local demand, shopping habits, opportunities for development in smaller cities, consumer spending power and brand awareness.
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Egypt’s retail industry benefits from a growing population, affluent middle class and openness to new retail options. Although the currency devaluation in 2016 initially affected business via downward pressure on consumer purchasing power, spending resumed in 2018 and is expected to stabilise further when unemployment and inflation levels...

 

The fact that the virus originated in China, the world’s major manufacturing centre, led to disruptions in global supply chains of basic goods, and gave rise to speculation that some companies would seek alternative production bases. Indeed, international reaction was swift, with representatives of three of the world’s four largest economies...

 

Which policies can be adopted to encourage more private investment in special economic zones?

 

In light of the headwinds created by the Covid-19 pandemic, how can the private sector shift to create long-term gains?

 

In comparison to many other industrial subsectors in Egypt that rely heavily on imported inputs, which grew more costly following the 2016 currency devaluation, the garment segment is able to use locally sourced materials. Foreign investors are attracted to the production base’s relatively affordable labour, lower electricity and water costs,...

 

Industry is front and centre of Egypt’s economic growth and diversification policies. The government aims to increase high-technology exports in this sector, as well as increase the value added by manufacturing as a percent of GDP. Several factors make industry attractive to foreign investors, including the country’s location between key...

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