News

IMF ‘Welcomes’ Egypt’s Currency Devaluation

IMF ‘Welcomes’ Egypt’s Currency Devaluation

Pedestrians walk past the International Monetary Fund headquarters' complex in Washington Sunday, May 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Pedestrians walk past the International Monetary Fund headquarters’ complex in Washington Sunday, May 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has “welcomed” Egypt’s move to float the Egyptian pound, Reuters reported.

“This will make more foreign exchange available. The flexible exchange rate regime, where the exchange rate is determined by market forces, will improve Egypt’s external competitiveness, support exports and tourism and attract foreign investment,” the IMF Mission Chief for Egypt Chris Jarvis said in a statement on Thursday.

Egypt has been waiting for the IMF to give its final approval to a USD 12 billion loan, which Egypt will use to support its reform program that aims to reduce the state’s large budget deficit.

Egypt’s central bank floated the local currency in a surprise move early on Thursday, “moving to a liberalized exchange rate regime in order to quell any distortions in the domestic foreign currency market.”

The CBE also hiked interest rates by 300 basis points, marking another move required by the IMF before its executive board gives its approval to the loan.

It remains unclear when the board will be discussing Egypt’s loan but its next scheduled meeting is set for Friday, followed by Monday, Wednesday and Friday of next week.

Central Bank of Egypt Sells $100 Million at Exceptional Auction Following Devaluation
Central Bank of Egypt Floats the Egyptian Pound

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

‘Nour’ Journal by Arab Women Writers Digitalized for the Public

ES Buzz14 January 2022

Prominent Public Figures Wael al-Ibrashi and Tahany el-Gebaly Pass Away Due to COVID-19

Mona Abdou10 January 2022

Film My Design Festival Returns for Its 2nd Edition in January 2022

Mona Abdou10 January 2022

Egyptian Media CEO Detained for ‘Assaulting Orphan Girls’

Marina Makary9 January 2022

Two Arrested for Blackmailing Egyptian Girl Who Died by Suicide

Mona Abdou5 January 2022

Young Egyptian Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Blackmailed With Fake Images

Marina Makary3 January 2022

National Museum of Egyptian Civilization to Host Egypt’s First Ever “World Art Forum”

Mona Abdou30 December 2021

Egypt Announces First-Ever Insurance Coverage for Egyptians Abroad

Mona Abdou27 December 2021