Czech developer aims to invest $600m in Egypt over next five years

Czech developer aims to invest $600m in Egypt over next five years
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Updated 15 February 2021

Czech developer aims to invest $600m in Egypt over next five years

Czech developer aims to invest $600m in Egypt over next five years

CAIRO: Czech industrial real estate developer CTP Invest plans to invest $600 million in Egypt within the next five years.

During a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, the company’s founder and CEO Remon Vos said the investment would consist in the establishment of two business complexes in Cairo.

The parks would be situated on plots of 2 million square meters each and would help create up to 14,000 direct new jobs.

Vos said the company has more than 22 years of experience developing industrial business parks and currently owns projects in more than 100 locations, with a combined area of more than 6.3 million square meters, servicing around 700 clients across various sectors.

The project the company plans to set up in Egypt will include a main logistical center; research and test centers; areas for entrepreneurship, small businesses and light industries; and a space dedicated to warehouses.

The prime minister praised the company and directed the General Authority for Investment to conclude discussions and agree on a model going forward.

Founded in 1998, CTP is headquartered in the Czech city of Prague.


Uber, Careem may pay a tax bill of $100m to Saudi government: Bloomberg

Uber, Careem may pay a tax bill of $100m to Saudi government: Bloomberg
Updated 11 sec ago

Uber, Careem may pay a tax bill of $100m to Saudi government: Bloomberg

Uber, Careem may pay a tax bill of $100m to Saudi government: Bloomberg

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is charging several technology firms, including Uber Technologies Inc. and its Dubai-based subsidiary Careem, with tax bills worth tens of millions of dollars, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge the matter.

Uber and Careem face a combined bill worth around $100 million, it said. The claims are related to a dispute over how to calculate the value-added tax owed over the past few years and include hefty penalties for late payment, Bloomberg reported. 


No fear of inflation ‘runaway train,’ says IMF chief

No fear of inflation ‘runaway train,’ says IMF chief
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No fear of inflation ‘runaway train,’ says IMF chief

No fear of inflation ‘runaway train,’ says IMF chief
  • Growing supply chain bottlenecks source of concern for policymakers

WASHINGTON: Global finance officials are worried about rising inflation pressures but there it is little fear that it will become a “runaway train,” IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said on Sunday.

With supply chain bottlenecks growing in the face of surging demand, policymakers have focused attention on rising prices and whether they will linger or fade away in coming months.

“We are in a more somewhat more uncertain space now,” Georgieva said at the G30 central banking conference.

However, in advanced economies “policymakers have the tools” to deal with inflation, she said, so “there is no significant concern that this would be a runaway train.”

Even so, finance ministers and central bankers gathered last week in Washington for the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank were more concerned than previously that the prices increases could be more than transitory, she said.

And major emerging markets like Russia and Mexico already have raised interest rates showing that “in these places their policymakers are sufficiently concerned already to take action.”

In the world’s largest economy, US Federal Reserve officials have signaled they will begin to pull back on stimulus by tapering its bond purchases in the last few weeks of the year, but the benchmark interest rate is expected to remain at zero with no increase until late 2022 at the earliest.

The Bank of England so far has left its stimulus unchanged, but there were signs of dissent at its most recent policy meeting, when two of its rate-setting panel voted to stop the bond-buying stimulus as soon as possible to help quell inflation.

BoE Gov. Andrew Bailey said central bankers face a “very difficult balancing act” because they cannot address the underlying supply shocks with monetary policy, but have to respond to what is happening in the economy.

Failure to act to contain inflation risks undermining central banks' inflation-fighting credibility, he said.

“We have ... to preserve the huge progress we’ve made in terms of the credibility of monetary policy regimes. I mean that is absolutely critically important,” Bailey said at the conference.


Square plans to build new bitcoin mining system: Crypto wrap

Square plans to build new bitcoin mining system: Crypto wrap
Updated 17 October 2021

Square plans to build new bitcoin mining system: Crypto wrap

Square plans to build new bitcoin mining system: Crypto wrap

RIYADH: Following the latest report from the University of Cambridge showing that the US has the largest share of bitcoin mining in the world, the CEO of Twitter and Square, Jack Dorsey has announced that Square is considering building a bitcoin mining system based on custom silicon.

Dorsey has been a supporter of bitcoin for years, and recently made it clear that Square is in the midst of building a bitcoin hardware wallet in order to make bitcoin custody more mainstream, he also said that bitcoin will be a big part of Twitter’s future.

“Square is considering building a bitcoin mining system based on custom silicon and open source for individuals and businesses worldwide,” Dorsey said. “If we do this, we’d follow our hardware wallet model: build in the open in collaboration with the community.”

ETF

As the first bitcoin futures ETF could begin trading as early as next week in the US, the owner of the NBA team Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban shared his thoughts on bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Cuban said in an interview with CNBC that he has no plans to invest in bitcoin-based exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and sees no reason for him to invest in a bitcoin ETF, asserting that he can buy the cryptocurrency directly.

While futures-based bitcoin ETFs provide investors with some exposure to the crypto market without owning any actual currencies.

Todd Rosenbluth, director of ETF and mutual fund research at CFRA, explained: "The ETF price will not match the price of bitcoin. As such, it is likely better for short-term exposure than for buy and hold long-term investing.

Mexico won’t adopt bitcoin as legal tender

The President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has denied that there is any interest in adopting cryptocurrencies as legal tender in the country.

"No. We are not going to change in this aspect. We see fit to maintain the orthodoxy in managing finances. We are not going to try to innovate a lot in the financial system," he said.

Trading

Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency in trading internationally, traded lower on Sunday, falling by 0.12 percent to $60,928 at 5 p.m. Riyadh time.

Ethereum, the second most traded cryptocurrency, traded at $3,857, down by 1.51 percent, according to data from Coindesk.

 


US digital asset firm Bakkt plans IPO

US digital asset firm Bakkt plans IPO
Updated 17 October 2021

US digital asset firm Bakkt plans IPO

US digital asset firm Bakkt plans IPO

RIYADH: US-based digital asset firm Bakkt will go public after completing its merger with global investment firm VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings.

Its shares will be traded on the New York Stock Exchange, and it will be called BKKT.

Approximately 85.1 percent of VPC Impact's shareholders voted to approve the business merger between the two companies at a general meeting held on Oct. 14. 


Petchem, banking shares push up Saudi stock market

Petchem, banking shares push up Saudi stock market
Updated 17 October 2021

Petchem, banking shares push up Saudi stock market

Petchem, banking shares push up Saudi stock market

RIYADH: The Tadawul All Share Index on Sunday rose by 0.6 percent, after increases in banking, petrochemical and real estate stocks.

The index was up 74 points, closing at 11,773 points. 

Shares of ACWA Power, Petro Rabigh and Kayan traded heavily during the day.
Jabal Omar shares rose by 5.8 percent which jacked up the market. NCB shares followed the lead by moving up 1 percent, which is the highest closing since its listing on the stock market.
However, the major gainers on Sunday were MESC (6.6 percent), Petro Rabigh (6.2 percent), Jabal Omar (5.8 percent), Walaa (5.3 percent), and AlHokair Group (4.6 percent). 

Saudi Arabia’s parallel stock market index, Nomu, also gained 64.97 points, up by 0.27 percent and closed at 24,064.45 points.