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The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) announced a two percent increase in interest rates on Thursday, 1 February, marking the first hike since August 2023. The overnight lending and deposit rates now stand at 22.5 percent and 21.25 percent, respectively.  Despite persistent inflation, rates had remained unchanged for several months, with the average inflation rate reaching a record 34 percent in 2023.  There is anticipation regarding the Central Bank's monetary policy committee meeting this week, as the country awaits information…