Egypt’s economy crosses over expectation amid Covid19

2 min readOct 19, 2020

Egyptian minister Mohamed Maait aforementioned on Sunday that the monetary performance of the Egyptian economy throughout the coronavirus malady (COVID-19) pandemic exceeded expectations, per the International financial Fund’s (IMF) testimony in its world Economic Outlook report for Gregorian calendar month two020.

In a politician statement, he said the economic reforms adopted by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi had reinforced the Egyptian economy and created it resilient within the face of internal and external challenges.

He said a lot of of that was thanks to the versatile handling of the pandemic, because the state adopted a proactive policy of allocating 2 % of its gross domestic product (GDP) to support the foremost vulnerable economic sectors and groups. Steps were taken in a very manner that contributed to mitigating the shock and supported the national economy, he aforementioned.

The minister said the IMF expected the Egyptian economy to speedily recover within the medium term and for the country to attain growth rates on top of those before the pandemic.

The IMF conjointly expects a decline in the overall deficit of gross domestic product to 5.2 % throughout 2022–23 and 3.8 percent by the 2024–25 financial year, reflective the power of Egyptian monetary policies to deal absolutely and effectively with native and international variables.

“According to the estimates of the IMF, the state budget, despite the pandemic, will accomplish a primary surplus of 0.4 % of gross domestic product throughout the present financial year, which can rise to two.1 percent during twenty22–23, and also the trend will continue at a property rate up to 2 percent on the average till 2025,” Maait aforementioned.

The minister said the IMF expected Egypt to extend total state revenues during the current financial by 20 percent, compared to 19.2 percent within the previous year, continued until the fiscal year 2024–25.

Public expenditures are expected to decrease to 25.4 percent in the current financial year, compared to two8.4 % last year.

Despite the IMF report indicating a state of ambiguity concerning the outlook for the worldwide economy, the Egyptian economy’s outlook remained optimistic, Maait said, because the IMF has raised its estimate of the expansion rate to 3.5 percent rather than 2 percent throughout the last fiscal year.

He identified that the state’s general budget recorded a small initial surplus of one hundred million Egyptian pounds ($6.39 million) during the primary quarter of the present fiscal year, despite the repercussions of the pandemic, meeting the wants of the health sector, all fund bodies, greatly increasing government investments and paying pension fund dues.




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