Egypt’s urban inflation jumps to 14.4 percent in February

The bank’s monetary policy committee will meet on March 28 to decide on interest rates. (File/AFP)
Updated 10 March 2019
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Egypt’s urban inflation jumps to 14.4 percent in February

  • Inflation was 12.7 percent in January
  • Egypt has implemented a series of tough austerity measures to help meet terms on an IMF loan

CAIRO: Egypt’s annual urban consumer price inflation increased to 14.4 percent in February from 12.7 percent in January, the official statistics agency CAPMAS said on Sunday, potentially halting what some analysts expected was the start of an easing cycle.
Inflation had cooled to 12 percent in December after an increase in fuel, electricity and transportation prices last year had sent the rate up to a high of 17.7 percent in October.
Prices in the transport sector rose 32 percent, CAPMAS said, while food and beverage prices increased 15.3 percent year-on-year.
The accommodation, water, electricity, gas and fuel sector saw price rises of 15.2 percent, the agency said. The education sector’s prices rose by 15.1 percent.
Egypt has implemented a series of tough austerity measures to help meet the terms of a $12 billion IMF loan program it signed in late 2016.
“It’s higher than what we had expected,” said Allen Sandeep, head of research at Naeem Brokerage in Cairo.
The central bank, which is targeting inflation of 13 percent plus or minus 3 percentage points, made a surprise cut to its overnight interest rates last month. It cited a strong drop in inflation and an improvement in other macroeconomic indicators.
“In our view, this should put the brakes on monetary easing for now,” Sandeep said.
The bank’s monetary policy committee will meet on March 28 to decide on interest rates.


Egypt’s aviation ministry to increase departure fee for travelers in November: Reports 

Updated 19 March 2019
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Egypt’s aviation ministry to increase departure fee for travelers in November: Reports 

  • Media said the increase to the passenger departure fee will raise the amount to $25

CAIRO: Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has reportedly announced a $5 increase in the travelers’ departure fee starting from next November, local newspapers reported on Tuesday.

Media said the increase to the passenger departure fee will raise the amount to $25, to be obtained indirectly for each passenger flying on regular or charter flights — both internationally and domestically — from Egyptian airports. 

The rate has not changed since 2013, the ministry said in a statement quoted by Al-Ahram Newspaper

The proposed increase was adopted by the Supreme Council for Pricing after "careful consideration" and according to normal practice in airports worldwide, it added.  

The ministry said the increase is in line with the challenges and demands needed for the development of the entire service system at Egyptian airports.