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Government begins debt swap negotiations with European countries worth $1b

By Islam Zayed A high-ranking source at the Ministry of Finance (MOF) revealed that the government is working on several projects regarding relief of public debt, reduction of budget’s deficit and reforming the Egyptian economy, all in parallel. The Foreign Relations Department at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MPIC) continues to negotiate the …

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Ending post-Soviet journey, Russia takes WTO seat

Moscow (AFP) — Russia on Wednesday crowned a tortuous 18-year journey from communist economic isolation by becoming the largest state outside the World Trade Organization to join the preeminent free trade club. Optimistic economists think the move will give Russia’s $2 trillion economy a serious boost and herald the end of an era marked by …

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Banque Du Caire scores EGP 201 million in Q1

By Islam Serour Banque Du Caire’s financial operations results for the first quarter of 2012 indicate a net profit of EGP 201 million, as opposed to EGP 44.9 million by the end of 2011. According to bank officials, the achieved profit exceeded the targeted figure by 200 percent. Banque Du Caire’s General Assembly, headed by …

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‘Fiscal cliff’ plan will send US into recession: CBO

Washington (AFP) — The US Congress’s budget analysts said Wednesday that current plans designed to slash the budget deficit after January 1 will plunge the country into recession and push up joblessness. The Congressional Budget Office said the poison-pill political deal on the budget last year — sharp cuts to spending and tax increases that …

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Bailout request by Spain would not affect debt rating: S&P

Madrid (AFP) – Ratings agency Standard and Poor’s said Wednesday that if Spain requested a full bailout from European Union rescue funds and the IMF, this would not affect the country’s debt rating. “The sovereign ratings on the Kingdom of Spain would likely not be directly affected should Spain’s government request a bailout through official …

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Review: Washington, witch hunts and wheat

Possible new directions for Egyptian foreign policy under President Morsy, the spectre of Islamic fascism haunting opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood, possible conspiracies in Sinai, dubious claims of a miraculous wheat harvest and privitisation in the United Kingdom; columnists address a range of issues relevant to Egyptians in today’s column review.   Morsy in Beijing …

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EFG Hermes reports a 66 percent drop in net profits during Q2

By Islam Serour EFG Hermes released the Consolidated Financial Report for the second quarter of 2012. The report concludes that the company’s net income was EGP 27 million on total consolidated revenues worth EGP 477 million, denoting 66 percent decline, in comparison to the same period 2011. Investment Banking revenues account for 41 percent of …

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International renewable energy companies take interest in Marsa Allam

By Abdelrazik Al Shewikhy In collaboration with several Italian organisations in the field of renewable energy, the RES Group, a UK-based renewable energy company, offered to to construct 30 photovoltaic power stations for the Investors Association in Marsa Alam with investments worth €70 million. The project comes in light of addressing fuel shortage currently crippling …

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IMF Managing Director to visit Egypt

By Islam Serour Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, is scheduled to visit Cairo on 22 August for further discussions with President Mohamed Morsy over a possible IMF loan to Egypt. It has been reported that an IMF mission, led by Masood Ahmed, the IMF director for Middle East and Central …

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Standard Chartered fined $340m over Iran deals

New York (AFP) – Standard Chartered has settled allegations that it helped Iranian clients dodge US sanctions, announcing a fine of $340 million from a New York banking watchdog. The “civil penalty” disclosed on Tuesday came amid allegations that the London-based bank hid 60,000 transactions with proscribed Iranian clients worth $250 billion over 10 years. …

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Marriott teams up with Visa to offer free nights this summer

 Leading hotel group Marriott International has teamed up with VISA in the Middle East and Africa to offer 3 nights stay for the price of 2, for the duration of the summer. The offer also includes 20% off all food and beverage at participating outlets. “At Visa, we know the summer season can be an …

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Amer Group’s profits slump in first half

Amer Group made EGP 126.79 million net profits during the first half of 2012, a 37.1 percent decline compared to EGP 201.435 million in the same period last year. Riad Refaat, Investors Relations Manager at the company, explained that the decline in profits is understandable given the current economic circumstances, particularly in the real estate …

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Cement prices fall as military takes control of Sinai

By Islam Serour Falling cement prices are attributable to decreased demand and the destruction of smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Rafah, Ahmed Al-Zeiny, the head of the Construction Materials Department at the Cairo Chamber of Commerce, told the Daily News Egypt. These two reasons, according to Al-Zeiny, have contributed greatly to the drop in cement …

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Minister of Industry: Government will protect domestic industries

By Mohamed Darwish Minister of Industry and Trade, Hatem Saleh, confirmed the Ministry will take measures to protect national industry. The Ministry hopes to put the Egyptian industrial sector on par with its international counterparts. The announcement comes while the Ministry is instating international trade laws and regulations. The decisions followed a meeting held by …

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Presidential decision to drop debts of 41,000farmers

By Islam Serour The legal consultant to President Morsy, Mohamed Fouad Gadallah, announced that the president would issue a decision to drop agricultural debts owed by 41,000 farmers. “After meeting Dr Mohsen Al-Batran, Chairman of the Development and Agricultural Credit Bank (DACB) and head of Farmers Syndicate, an agreement to drop EGP 93 million, representing …

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Aerospace industry needs young Middle Eastern talent

By Jeffrey Johnson Over the past decade, the Middle East has consistently been in the aviation industry’s spotlight as countries in the region invested heavily in passenger airplanes for their airlines, some of which are amongst the largest and fastest growing in the world, and state-of-the art equipment for their defence forces. In recent times, …

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President Mohamed Morsi (R) meets with retired former Defence Minister and Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi (C), and retired Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Sami Anan (L) at the presidential palace in Cairo on 14 August AFP PHOTO / HO / MENA

Egyptian business community ponder Morsy’s decisions

By Mostafa Salah, Enaam el-Adawy, Nihal Monir and Wafaa Abdelbary The business community is in a state of cautious anticipation following the decision taken by President Mohamed Morsy to retire Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) and Field Marshall Tantawi and Lieutenant General Anan. Ahmed Alwakel, President of Federation of Chambers of Commerce (FEDCOC), said …

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Radwan to al-Arabiya: IMF expects Egypt to devalue its currency

By Islam Serour Former Finance Minister Dr Samir Radwan told al-Arabiya News that he expects the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to demand that Egypt devalue the Egyptian pound. However, Radwan stressed that there should be new steps to inject new investments into the Egyptian economy in order to overcome such critical phase. Angus Blair, founder …

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Vodafone Ventures’ Fund invest in two companies and targets expansion

By Mohamed Fawzy Hatem Dowidar, CEO of Vodafone Egypt, said that in two weeks Vodafone Ventures Fund (VVF) will announce its investment in two companies without exceeding 30% of its shares. He expects that during the first year, VVF will invest in 10-15 technology companies. VVF’s strategy enables it to acquire all of the company’s …

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OTH achieves 15 percent subscriber growth, one percent revenue growth

By Islam Serour Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH) consolidated financial and operating results for the first half of 2012 shows a 14.8 percent growth in its subscribers’ base, reaching 83,384 subscribers, up from 72,650 during the same period in 2011.The company’s consolidated revenues increased by 1.1 percent, reaching $1,833,708, compared to $ 1,814,414 during the first …

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CIB and EFG-Hermes take over one-third of Tuesday’s trading

By Islam Serour Commercial International Bank (CIB) and Hermes Financial group represented one-third of the total market turnover on Tuesday, after two weeks of stability. The CIB stock witnessed active turnover due to deals by foreign institutions, and closed out at EGP 28.5 after exceeding the EGP 28 barrier, scoring a 1.3 percent increase. In …

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