December: The government will announce the second phase of its privatization program before year-end, Public Enterprises Minister Hisham Tawfik said. The committee overseeing the state privatization program is also scheduled to hold a meeting next month to look into how market conditions developed since the privatization program was put on ice
Mid-late December: The bylaws and articles governing Egypt’s upcoming, EGP 200 bn sovereign wealth fund will be completed, Planning Minister Hala El Said said. Cabinet is currently conducting its final review.
Mid-late December: The Electricity Ministry is set to sign an MoU with Cypriot officials to begin constructing the USD 1.5 bn subsea power cable to link Egypt’s electricity grid with Cyprus’, Minister Mohamed Shaker said.
25 December (Tuesday): Western Christmas.
27 December (Thursday): CBE’s Monetary Policy Committee meeting.
27 December (Thursday): Deadline to settle overdue taxes and avoid 70% of the amount owed in late penalties, according to a Finance Ministry statement.
January 2019: Flat6Labs will launch their 12th startup accelerator cycle.
Early January 2019: Government to release details about its international bond issuance.
Early January 2019: The National Bank of Egypt will roll out national “Meeza” debit cards to both banked and unbanked customers.
01 January 2019 (Tuesday): New Year’s Day.
01 January 2019 (Tuesday): Custom duties on EU-made car imports will fall to 0%, and we still have no automotive directive or any policy incentivizing local car manufacturing.
05 January 2019 (Saturday): An administrative court will hear Beltone Financial’s appeal against a six-month suspension the FRA handed to its investment banking arm, Youm7 reported.
07 January 2019 (Monday): Coptic Christmas, national holiday.
10-13 January 2019 (Thursday): International Property Show (IPS), Egypt International Exhibition Center
19 January 2019 (Saturday): Cairo Criminal Court scheduled hearing of Gamal and Alaa Mubarak’s stock market manipulation case.
20 January 2019 (Sunday): A Cairo court will hold its second hearing on a case to repeal presidential term limits.
21-22 January 2019 (Monday-Tuesday): EPEA and IFC’s SME Governance Workshop at the Fairmont Nile City Hotel.
22-25 January 2019 (Tuesday-Friday): World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
23 January 2019 (Wednesday) 50th Cairo International Book Fair.
25 January 2019 (Friday): Police Day, national holiday.
26 January 2019 (Saturday): Supreme Administration Court’s Uber / Careem appeal date, Egypt.
28-29 January 2019 (Wednesday-Thursday): Banking Technology North Africa, Nile Ritz Carlton Hotel, Cairo, Egypt.
7 February 2019 (Thursday): Egypt Building Materials Summit, Venue TBD, Cairo, Egypt
10-12 February 2019 (Sunday-Tuesday): Third African Forum: “Building on Science, Technology and Innovation to Boost Private Sector and Socio-Economic Transformation in Africa”, Venue TBD, Cairo.
11-13 February 2019 (Monday-Wednesday): Egypt Petroleum Show, Egyptian International Exhibition Center, Cairo.
19 February (Tuesday) The Cairo Economic Court to deliver decision on pharma distributors appeal, Egypt.
19-20 February 2019 (Tuesday-Wednesday): The Solar Show MENA 2019, Nile Ritz Carlton Hotel, Cairo, Egypt.
26-28 February 2019 (Tuesday-Thursday): 22nd International Conference on Petroleum Mineral Resources and Development, Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute, Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt.
27-30 March 2019 (Wednesday-Saturday): Cityscape Egypt 2019, Egypt International Exhibition Center, Nasr City Cairo.
April 2019: The African Tripartite Trade Area (TFTA) agreement is set to take effect in April after a majority from the participating governments ratified it, COMESA Secretary General Chileshe Kapwepwe according to Al Shorouk.
20-22 April 2019 (Friday-Sunday): Spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC.
25 April 2019 (Thursday): Sinai Liberation day, national holiday.
28 April 2019 (Sunday): Easter Sunday, national holiday.
29 April 2019 (Monday): Easter Monday, national holiday.
01 May 2019 (Wednesday): Labor Day, national holiday.
06 May 2019 (Monday): First day of Ramadan (TBC).
June 2019: International Forum for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
05-06 June 2019 (Wednesday-Thursday): Eid El Fitr (TBC).
23 July (Tuesday): Revolution Day, national holiday.
12-14 August (Monday-Wednesday): Eid El Adha, national holiday (TBC).
06 October 2019 (Sunday): Armed Forces Day, national holiday.
10-13 October 2019 (Tuesday-Sunday) Big Industrial Week Arabia 2019, Egypt International.
December 2019: Egypt will host for the first time the Pack Process trade expo for the Middle East and African region