Egypt reaches agreement with IMF on next $2 bn loan payment

The agreement with the IMF staff is subject to approval by the executive board of the Washington-based crisis lender. (Reuters)
Updated 31 October 2018
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Egypt reaches agreement with IMF on next $2 bn loan payment

  • The loan program for Egypt was signed in November 2016, and with this payment Cairo will have received $10 billion of the total

WASHINGTON: Egypt has reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund on release of the next $2 billion loan installment, the fifth under the country’s three-year aid program, the IMF announced Wednesday.
The agreement with the IMF staff is subject to approval by the executive board of the Washington-based crisis lender.
The loan program for Egypt was signed in November 2016, and with this payment Cairo will have received $10 billion of the total.
“The Egyptian economy has continued to perform well, despite less favorable global conditions, supported by the authorities’ strong implementation of the reform program,” IMF mission chief Subir Lall said in a statement.
In addition, he said the central bank’s “prudent monetary policy helped bring down annual inflation.”
Egypt has imposed harsh austerity measures to try to right the economy and reduce the budget deficit. It floated the currency and started to phase out subsidies on many goods and services, including hiking fuel prices as much as 50 percent, and electricity rates by about 25 percent.
Consumer prices spiked in September but Lall said the central bank was committed to bringing inflation down to single digits in the medium term.
Lall said the reforms are working, cutting the deficit in half to 2.4 percent of GDP, and boosting growth to 5.3 percent.
At the same time the government has implemented “comprehensive efforts to improve the living standards of the most vulnerable,” he said.
Since the 2011 revolt that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak, the economy of the Arab world’s most populous country has received multiple shocks caused by political instability and security issues.


Owner of Abu Dhabi’s Al Hilal Bank appoints chairman and CEO

Updated 21 April 2019
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Owner of Abu Dhabi’s Al Hilal Bank appoints chairman and CEO

  • Eraiqat is currently group chief executive of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)
  • Eraiqat will serve as chairman at Al Hilal in addition to his current role at ADCB

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi Islamic lender Al Hilal Bank said on Sunday its owner, the Abu Dhabi Investment Council, had appointed Alaa Eraiqat as the bank's chairman.
Eraiqat is currently group chief executive of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), which is expected to merge with Al Hilal Bank and Union National Bank (UNB) in the first half of 2019.
Eraiqat will serve as chairman at Al Hilal in addition to his current role at ADCB.
The Abu Dhabi Investment Council, a sovereign wealth fund which combined with Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala last year, also appointed Amr Saad Al Menhali as chief executive of Al Hilal Bank.