Tuesday, March 15, 2016
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The Central Bank of Egypt devalued its currency in an effort to achieve monetary stability in their economy. As a result the bank has decided to adopt a more flexible exchange rate system.
Wall Street Journal reports the bank, “On Monday sold almost $200 million in an interbank auction at 8.85 Egyptian pounds per dollar, compared with 7.73 previously. A rate that will help narrow the gap between the pound’s exchange rate of about 9.6 and the dollar last week.”
Due to political unrest back in 2011, the economy has become import dependent making tourism and foreign investment their main sources for currency.
An increase in transparency and foreign exchange liquidity will bring more foreign investments. And it will also help bring competitiveness back to their market.
Mohamed Abu Basha, Cairo-based economist at investment bank EFG-Hermes says the movement towards a more flexible exchange rate system “is extremely important because we’re not only pegging at a lower rate, we’re moving into a currency that will start to reflect market forces, so it’s more than just a devaluation,” according to Bloomberg.
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