Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Foreign investors’ love story with short-term Egyptian debt continues in May + current account deficit widens in 3Q2020-2021

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WHAT WE’RE TRACKING TODAY

Good morning, wonderful people, and welcome to our final issue of the week as we all prepare for a three-day weekend and the unofficial start of Sahel season.

Egypt is closed tomorrow through Saturday. Thursday, 1 July, is a national holiday in observance of the 30 June Revolution. Banks and the Egyptian Exchange will return to business as usual on Sunday, 4 July.

** EnterprisePM is off this afternoon and we won’t be publishing our AM or PM editions tomorrow in observance of the holiday. We’ll be back in your inboxes at our usual time on Sunday morning.

WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY-

Egypt received the third and final tranche of its USD 5.2 bn standby loan from the IMF a couple of days after the Fund’s executive board greenlit its disbursal last week, CBE Deputy Governor Ramy Aboul Naga said during a webinar, according to Masrawy. The disbursal of the USD 1.6 bn tranche completes the 12-month program, which was signed off on last June to support our public finances and economy through the pandemic.

The nation’s first-ever corporate green bond issuance looks like it’s going be given the all-clear from regulators today. The identity of the seller is yet to be officially unveiled, but the only firm we know that has plans to issue the climate-linked securities is CIB, which has been planning a sale since last year.

The Cairo International Book Fair opens its doors at the Egypt International Exhibition Center today. The two-week event will run through to 15 July.

It seems that Tigray rebels aren’t ready to put down their weapons: Tigray rebels have denounced the Ethiopian government’s unilateral ceasefire declaration as a “sick joke” and have vowed to push government troops out of the region, a spokesperson told the Associated Press yesterday. Tigrayan forces are consolidating their hold on the regional capital after this week booting out the interim administration installed by Abiy Ahmed’s government earlier this year, and are now pledging to push Eritrean soldiers out of Ethiopia and chase government soldiers to Addis Ababa “if that’s what it takes.”

*** CATCH UP QUICK with the top stories from yesterday’s edition of EnterprisePM:

  • State IPOs to start in September: Two or three state companies will make their EGX debuts before the year is out, with the state privatization program going live as early as September.
  • EBRD is optimistic about Egypt’s economic growth: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) sees economic growth in Egypt slowing to 2.5% this fiscal year, before rising to 4.5% in FY2021-2022.
  • Onsi Sawiris, passed away at the age of 91.

CIRCLE YOUR CALENDAR-

The British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA) is organizing a virtual education week from 5-6 July with three seminars planned. The first, taking place at 10am on 5 July, will discuss skills-based learning while the future of investment in education will be the topic on the table at 12:30pm the same day. On 6 July, a talk on the digitalization of education in Egypt will be held at 12pm.

The Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) MENA is holding a webinar titled Energy Efficiency in the MENA region: Status and Outlook on 6 July at 3:30pm.

Check out our full calendar on the web for a comprehensive listing of upcoming news events, national holidays and news triggers.

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*** It’s Hardhat day — your weekly briefing of all things infrastructure in Egypt: Enterprise’s industry vertical focuses each Wednesday on infrastructure, covering everything from energy, water, transportation, urban development and social infrastructure such as health and education.

In today’s issue: Which of Egypt’s energy sub-sectors offer investors the highest returns, and which carry the greatest risks? In this first part of a two-part series, we examine what a new report from the Economic Intelligence Unit has to say about investing in Egypt’s renewables sector.

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ECONOMY

Egypt’s current account deficit doubles in 3Q2020-2021

Egypt’s current account deficit more than doubled to USD 5.7 bn in 3Q2020-2021, from USD 2.8 bn in the same period last year, according to our math based on central bank figures (pdf) released last night. On a quarterly basis the deficit widened almost 20% from USD 4.8 bn in 2Q2020-2021.

Keep in mind as you read: The state’s third quarter covers the period January through March. So in 3Q2019-2020, we had just over two months of “normal” economic activity before tourism (and plenty more) fell off the cliff with the onset of the pandemic.

Trade deficit widens, despite rising exports: Egypt’s trade deficit widened by 20% in 3Q2020-2021 compared to the same period the previous year, despite non-oil exports rising 20% to USD 5.3 bn. The deficit ended the quarter at USD 11.4 bn compared to USD 9.3 bn last year.

This was driven primarily by a jump in non-oil imports: Egypt spent USD 16.9 bn on non-oil imports during the three-month period, up 23% from USD 13.7 bn last year. This resulted in the non-oil trade deficit widening by almost 25% to USD 11.6 bn.

Tourism revenues were much lower compared to 3Q2019-2020: The comparative quarter had two full months of normal activity before the government suspended international flights towards the end of March 2020. That ensured tourism revenues were higher last year, as Egypt received USD 1.3 bn in revenues in 3Q2020-2021, down more than 40% from USD 2.3 bn in the same period last year.

But there were signs of recovery on a quarter-on-quarter basis: Revenues in 3Q rose 32% from the USD 987 mn that flowed into the tourism sector in 2Q.

Remittances were basically flat in 3Q: Remittances from foreign workers — another vital source of hard currency for Egypt — fell by a marginal 0.2% from USD 7.87 bn in 3Q2019-2020.

As were Suez Canal revenues, which increased marginally y-o-y to USD 1.45 bn.

Things are looking much better on the capital account side of things: Egypt received USD 1.4 bn of foreign direct investment during 3Q, up 47% from just USD 970 mn in the same period last year. Net inflows of portfolio investment rose to USD 5.8 bn during the quarter. This compares to the same period last year, which saw USD 8.2 bn of net portfolio outflows. 3Q2019-2020 coincided with the beginning of the global market crash and the emerging-market sell-off that occurred in March through May in response to the pandemic.

DEBT WATCH

Foreign investors still love Egyptian debt

Foreign investors’ love story with Egyptian debt continued through May: Foreign inflows into Egyptian treasury bills continued to gain steam last month, rising to USD 22.3 bn (c. EGP 350 bn) as of the end of May from USD 20.9 bn (EGP 327 bn) in April, according to central bank figures (pdf). Investors put some USD 3.3 bn into short-term local debt between January and May on the back of a strong rebound in emerging markets.

But EGP bonds appear to have seen slight outflows: Total foreign holdings of bills and bonds have remained flat since hitting a record USD 28.5 bn in February, despite more than USD 2.1 bn entering short-term debt during the same period. At the end of May, total holdings stood between USD 28-29 bn, according to comments made by Finance Minister Mohamed Maait earlier this month.

Investment in Egyptian debt has surged in the 12 months since the covid market crashas investors returned after selling down their holdings during the emerging-market sell-off last year.

CAPITAL MARKETS

Our new futures exchange could go live before the end of the year

Derivatives trading is coming to Egypt before the year is out: The Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA) is looking to launch Egypt’s first futures exchange before 2022, FRA Deputy Chairman Islam Azzam told Asharq Business. The long-awaited exchange will initially allow traders to buy and sell index futures contracts, before launching stock futures, and stock and index options at a later date, Azzam said.

No private sector involvement in the clearing company? State-owned banks and the EGX will be allowed to own stakes in the clearing company, Assam said, without mentioning whether private sector firms will be allowed to bid. Each bank will be allowed to hold a maximum 10% stake in the company.

The National Bank of Egypt, Banque Misr, Banque du Caire and United Bank are all reportedly eyeing a piece of the new futures exchange. The FRA has allocated at least 75% of the exchange to financial institutions that meet solvency standards and / or with experience in futures contracts.

A new first for Egypt: The opening of the futures exchange will mark the first time ever that investors will be able to buy and sell derivatives on the EGX.

EGX

Azimut’s third Egypt-focused fund raises EGP 71 mn in initial subscription

Azimut’s new Egypt-focused equity fund ​AZ-Opp has raised AUM of EGP 71 mn in its initial subscription period, with Azimut Group Managing Director Ahmed Abou El Saad telling Al Mal that more that the fund met substantial appetite from some 500 investors. Azimut aims to have EGP 250 mn in AUM for the fund, which is now trading.

This is the first of two new funds Azimut plans to launch this year: Abou El Saad said in April that the asset manager had obtained all necessary approvals for the funds. Azimut launched last year its first Egypt-focused equity fund, AZ Equity-Egypt, and a fixed income fund, AZ-Savings.

CABINET WATCH

KfW development finance grant approved

A EUR 57.7 mn development financing agreement sealed with German development bank KfW in May was approved by the cabinet during its weekly meeting yesterday. The grant will help fund six projects in energy efficiency, renewable energy, technical education and vocational training, water management, and market competition.

Also approved during the meeting:

  • Cost of covid vax certificates reduced: The government has lowered the proposed fees for obtaining a covid vaccination certificate for Egyptians and foreigners. Egyptians will now pay EGP 100 and foreigners will be charged USD 10.
  • State firms will electrify the monorails: The Egyptian Electricity Holding Company and the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company have been put in charge of supplying the two new monorail lines with electricity.

DEBT WATCH

Hassan Allam Properties unit borrows EGP 4.16 bn for Swan Lake project

Al Alamia For Real Estate Investment, a unit of Hassan Allam Properties, has signed an EGP 4.16 bn financing agreement with a syndicate of local banks for the development of its Swan Lake Residences project in New Cairo, Hapi Journal reported. The Arab African International Bank (AAIB) and Banque Misr will each provide EGP 2.08 bn to the real estate developer. CEO Mohamed Allam said the development will create c. 200k direct and indirect jobs and be home to some 6.6k families.

Advisors: ALC Alieldean Weshahi & Partners acted as counsel for Hassan Allam, while Helmy, Hamza, & Partners was counsel to the lenders.

DIPLOMACY

Has Egypt got backing on the UN Security Council for discussing the GERD dispute? Norway and Tunisia have discussed bringing the GERD dispute to discussion at the UN Security Council in July, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry said in a statement yesterday, without providing further details. Both countries are currently non-permanent members of the council.

Egypt and Sudan have both appealed to the Security Council to take action against Ethiopia in recent weeks as Ethiopia prepares to resume filling the dam’s reservoir. The countries were said to be preparing a draft resolution to submit to the council, and have gotten the Arab League on side, which called on the council to intervene in the dispute.

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ENTERPRISE+: LAST NIGHT’S TALK SHOWS

The highlight of last night’s talk shows: Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi’s extensive chat with IMF mission chief Celine Allard on the state of (and outlook for) the Egyptian economy as we finalize drawdown from our USD 5.2 bn standby loan program with the international body. The interview covered what the fund thinks Egypt is doing right and wrong, and what the Egypt-IMF relationship will look like now the 12-month program is over. You can watch the full interview here (watch, runtime: 44:01).

Authorities have managed “well” to weather the economic shock caused by covid, owing to “prudent and timely policies,” alongside fiscal and monetary support that has preserved economic stability — “a very important balance to strike,” Allard said (watch, runtime: 4:45). Egypt is on track to return to pre-covid growth levels, and despite the increased allocations for healthcare and tourism spending in the FY2021/2022 state budget, the country’s budget deficit is expected to continue narrowing, she said.

“Social protection has been very important [to Egypt]” to handle the pandemic’s economic fallout. The expansion of financial assistance for low-income groups, especially the Takaful and Karama programs which are now covering more than 3.6 mn households, has been vital to prevent the virus and the ensuing lockdown measures from inflicting lasting harm, according to Allard.

Increased spending flexibility will help speed up the country’s vaccine rollout: Having the ability to purchase more vaccines and upping the local production of jabs will only benefit the country’s post-pandemic economic recovery (watch, runtime: 3:17).

Further structural reform to boost private-sector involvement in the economy will be crucial for Egypt’s continued economic development, as would maintaining its current levels of economic support, she said.

Al Mashat talks about her new book: El Hadidi also sat down with International Cooperation Minister Rania Al Mashat, who last night announced the launch of her new book documenting Egypt’s international cooperation and development finance experience (watch, runtime: 14:05). The book aims to serve as a manual for developing and emerging countries so that they can learn from Egypt’s reform experience, the minister said.

We discussed the new book with Al Mashat last week: Check out the interview here.

Also on the airwaves last night:

  • Tourism: Tourism Minister Khaled El Enany discussed the ministry’s upcoming promotional campaign with Lamees El Hadidi. During the interview he said that as many as 1.5 mn tourists visited Egypt between March and May. (Kelma Akhira | watch, runtime: 14:09)
  • New ins.: Egyptians will have to pay EGP 300 in mandatory ins. coverage when issuing or renewing their passports as of 1 July, Hesham Ramadan, assistant to the Financial Regulatory Authority’s chairman, said. (Kelma Akhira | watch, runtime: 14:58)

EGYPT IN THE NEWS

It’s a slow morning in the international press: Amnesty International is calling on the Egyptian government to prioritize people who are most at-risk in its vaccination campaign, while the National has a photo gallery of Menoufia grape farms that export their product to Europe.

ALSO ON OUR RADAR

There are no changes to admission requirements for thanaweya amma students applying to private universities in the 2021-22 academic year, according to a new decision by the Supreme Council of Private Universities. Youm7 has the full list of majors and the minimum grades. Meanwhile, non-Thanaweya Amma students — who either completed a foreign diploma or graduated from a high school in an Arabic-speaking country — can now submit applications directly to the universities to be admitted at the start of the fall semester.

Reminder: Admissions into private universities won’t be the same this time around. Here’s all you need to know about the Higher Education Ministry’s new online applications portal, which consolidates enrollment applications to all non-state universities in one place and will become mandatory for admission from the 2021-2022 academic year.

Other things we’re keeping an eye on this morning:

COVID WATCH

Daily covid tally plunges to new November lows

Fully-vaccinated travellers are now required to present their vaccination certificates upon arrival to Egypt, provided they have electronic certificates that are verified using a QR code, the Health Ministry said in a statement yesterday. This comes a week after we reported that people who have had two doses of a vaccine no longer need to have PCR tests when entering the country, provided they received their second shot at least two weeks before the flight.

What happens to people flying from countries that aren’t using QR code-based certificates? We’re still not entirely sure whether border authorities are accepting alternate types of certificate. This was an issue brought up by Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi last night, who asked (rhetorically) whether travellers from countries such as the US would be barred from entering the country — CDC certificates do not presently include QR codes. She suggested that this could jeopardize the recovery of the tourism sector and called on the government to reconsider the rules (watch, runtime: 3:09).

Egypt’s daily covid infection rate plunged to a low we haven’t seen since November, falling to 261 yesterday from 376 the day before, according to Health Ministry figures. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 281,031 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 23 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 16,148.

Abu Dhabi will soon ban unvaccinated people from entering most public spaces after more than 93% of target groups in the emirate received their shots, the government said in a statement on Monday. The ban, which goes into effect on 20 August, will apply to shopping centers, restaurants, gyms, recreational facilities, schools, resorts, sports activities and all retail outlets. The only public place unvaccinated people may enter are retail locations that sell “essential goods such as supermarkets and pharmacies.” The restrictions will not apply to individuals with approved exemptions from immunization or those aged below 16.

The Moderna jab could be ready to take on the delta variant: Moderna has said that its covid-19 jab produces neutralizing antibodies against the highly-contagious delta variant and other emerging strains of concern, with a “modest reduction” compared to the original covid strain. While not yet peer-reviewed, the results are raising hopes that the jab will prove effective against the delta strain that is spreading across Africa, Europe and parts of Asia.

A number of countries in Asia are responding to delta with fresh lockdowns: Several cities in Australia are in lockdown, Bangladesh has introduced a curfew, Malaysia has extended its lockdown and Hong Kong has banned flights from Britain, as countries in the region try to curb delta’s spread, the New York Times reports.

The delta variant has also been detected in at least 13 of Africa’s 54 nations, and is threatening to become the worst episode of the outbreak for the continent.

PLANET FINANCE

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A possible backlash against the global corporate tax pact: Global tax negotiators are struggling to get holdout states on board to sign up to the global corporate tax pact agreed by G7 nations earlier this month, the Financial Times reports. China, India, eastern European nations and developing countries have all objected to the proposal while tax havens including Ireland, Switzerland and Barbados are likely to refuse to put pen to paper.

A refresher: The plan would introduce a minimum global corporate tax rate of 15% that would make large corporations pay tax in every country they operate in.

Next steps: G20 finance ministers will discuss the proposal at a summit in Venice next month, after which it will be clearer how many of the world’s largest economies are willing to sign up. “If we can’t get an agreement at the G20 then the chances are that we’ll have to start over for another 20 years of talks on this issue,” one European negotiator said.

But there is cause for optimism, according to another negotiator who tells the salmon-colored paper that “we are not far from an [agreement].”

In other global financial news worth knowing about:

  • China’s answer to Uber just priced its NYSE IPO: Didi Global has priced its planned IPO in New York at USD 13-14 per share, which would give the ride-hailing giant a market cap of USD 67.2 bn after shares begin trading on Wednesday. (Reuters)
  • Hedgies get burned on reflation trade: Investors on Wall Street who bet against US treasuries in anticipation of rising inflation and a hawkish Fed are rethinking their positions as fears about tightening abate and bonds begin to rally. (Financial Times)

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THE CLOSING BELL-

The EGX30 fell 1.5% at today’s close on turnover of EGP 1.23 bn (1.4% below the 90-day average). Foreign investors were net sellers. The index is down 6.7% YTD.

In the green: MM Group (+2.4%) and Orascom Development Egypt (+1.1%).

In the red: GB Auto (-3.3%), Export Development Bank Egypt (-3.1%) and AMOC (-2.8%).

Asian markets are up in early trading this morning, following US stocks which yesterday rose to new record highs. Futures suggest a mixed open in Europe but early gains for US shares when they open later today.

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Investing in Egypt’s renewables sector: risks and returns. Which of Egypt’s energy sub-sectors offer investors the highest returns, and which carry the greatest risks? These are the questions the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) attempts to answer in its latest bi-annual examination of Egypt’s energy market, tying together production and consumption projections for the coming decade and asking what these could mean for investors in a world recovering from a devastating pandemic and a country still undergoing economic and structural reforms.

In Part I: We look at what the EIU has to say about the development of Egypt’s renewables sector over the coming decade. Next week, we’ll examine what the 2020s have in store for non-renewable energy in Egypt, including what the natural gas boom means for oil.

First: A look at the macro picture. Egypt is the fourth-largest consumer of energy in the MENA region, but its consumption per head is still relatively low. The large agricultural sector, the country’s low reliance on desalination for its water supply, and relatively small hydrocarbon reserves means that Egypt has a lower per capita consumption rate, the report says.

This is set to gradually increase over the coming decade: 2020 saw gross domestic energy consumption reaching 89 mn tonnes oil equivalent (TOE) — a number that will rise to 107 mn TOE by 2030, according to EIU estimates. 2021 is expected to see a 1.8% growth in Egypt’s energy consumption, as energy-intensive sectors are revived after a covid slump, according to the report. Egypt’s growing domestic energy supplies, such as the Zohr gas field, will help in meeting that demand.

Egypt’s energy sector: moderate returns. “Egypt's solid return score is underpinned by its status as MENAs fourth-biggest consumer of energy and by a brighter outlook for domestic energy supplies … Demand for gas and electricity, including from renewable sources, will grow rapidly, supported by an improving economy due to structural reforms,” the report says.

And moderate risk: “The global economic contraction caused by the pandemic will remain a major risk in the medium term,” EIU writes, as social distancing norms and lockdowns undermine productivity and demand. The global uncertainty will also continue to negatively affect investor sentiment. On the local level, opposition to increased energy prices, currency volatility and fiscal pressure are considered moderate threats to energy investments, the report adds.

Renewable energy capacity will grow rapidly over the next decade: Wind and solar capacity will more than double to more than 8.5 GW by the end of the decade, from 3.7 GW in 2020. Including hydro — which will remain flat over the next nine years — Egypt will have more than 11.5 GW in renewable energy capacity in 2030, from 6.6 GW in 2020.

As will energy generation: Generation from solar and wind energy will more than double over the coming decade, rising to almost 8.4 GWh per year from 4 GWh in 2020.

But the government will fall short of its ambitious targets: The government wants some 10 GW of capacity to be provided by wind — around 12% of the country’s electricity supply — by 2022. EIU projections fall far short of this, though still predict wind capacity to “increase markedly” in the coming years, rising to more than 1.8 GW in 2022 before reaching 3 GW by 2030. Solar capacity will follow a similar trajectory, surging from 2.2 GW in 2020 to 5.5 GW by the end of the decade as more large-scale projects come online.

And consumption of renewables won’t match the surge of capacity: Consumption is due to rise 22% to 4.7 mn TOE by 2030 from 3.9 mn TOE in 2020. Compared to 67 countries, Egypt is ranked 35th for hydropower consumption for 2030, and 32nd for non-hydro renewables.

The natgas boom might be the biggest obstacle to a true renewables revolution: The low consumption projection has led to the EIU handing renewables one of the lowest risk / return scores — and this is mainly due to the flood of cheap gas entering the market. “The proportion of non-hydro renewables (wind and solar power) in the electricity mix will grow quickly, but — given the ready availability of gas — fall short of the government's highly ambitious targets,” the report said.

Another key risk: the GERD will not only mess with our water, but also with our power. “During the forecast period generation of hydroelectric power from the Aswan High Dam is likely to be affected by reduced flows down the Nile, as a result of the filling of the reservoir behind the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam,” according to the EIU.


Your top infrastructure stories for the week:

  • Al Ahly Sabbour Development will invest EGP 2.5 bn this year to complete real estate projects, CEO Ahmed Sabbour said.
  • Heliopark tender deadline extended again: Heliopolis Housing has extended for the second time the deadline for private sector firms to bid for developing the Heliopark project in New Cairo to 27 July from 29 June.
  • Gov’t approves multi-bn electric rail contract: Cabinet has approved a contract with a Siemens-led consortium to construct the USD 23 bn high-speed electric rail network.

CALENDAR

30 June (Wednesday): 30 June Revolution Day.

30 June- 15 July: The Cairo International Book Fair, Egypt International Exhibition Center.

July + August: Thanaweya Amma exams take place.

1 July: (Thursday): National holiday in observance of 30 June Revolution.

1 July (Thursday): Large taxpayers that have not yet signed on to the e-invoicing platform will suffer a host of penalties, including removal from large taxpayer classification, losing access to government services and business, and losing subsidies.

1 July (Thursday): Deadline for 17 EGX-listed companies to file their 1Q2021 earnings.

1-10 July (Thursday-Saturday): The government’s fuel pricing committee will meet to announce 3Q prices.

4 July (Sunday): Ismailia Economic Court to hold hearing on Ever Given compensation case.

Mid-July: Legislative session expected to end.

19 July (Monday): Arafat Day (national holiday).

21 July (Wednesday): Clean Energy Business Council’s webinar Women entrepreneurs in clean energy (3pm)

20-23 July (Tuesday-Friday): Eid Al Adha (national holiday).

23 July (Friday): Revolution Day (national holiday).

23 July-11 August (Friday-Wednesday): Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

2-4 August (Monday-Wednesday): Egypt is hosting the Africa Food Manufacturing exhibition at the Egypt International Exhibition Center.

5 August (Thursday): The CBE’s Monetary Policy Committee will meet to review interest rates.

9 August (Monday): Islamic New Year.

12 August (Thursday): National holiday in observance of the Islamic New Year.

3-5 September (Friday-Sunday): The World Karate Federation will hold the third competition of the 2021 Karate 1-Premier League in Cairo.

12-15 September (Sunday-Wednesday): Sahara Expo: the 33rd International Agricultural Exhibition for Africa and the Middle East.

15 September (Wednesday): The CFO Leadership & Strategy Summit is taking place in Egypt.

16 September (Thursday): The CBE’s Monetary Policy Committee will meet to review interest rates.

30 September-2 October (Thursday-Saturday): Egypt Projects 2021 expo, Egypt International Exhibition Center, Cairo, Egypt.

30 September-8 October (Thursday-Friday): The Cairo International Fair, Cairo International Conference Center, Cairo, Egypt.

30 September: Closing of 2021’s first oil and gas tender in the Gulf of Suez, Western Desert, and the Mediterranean.

1 October (Friday): Businesses importing goods at seaports will need to file shipping documents and cargo data digitally to the Advance Cargo Information (ACI) system.

1 October (Friday): Expo 2020 Dubai opens.

6 October (Wednesday): Armed Forces Day.

7 October (Thursday): National holiday in observance of Armed Forces Day.

12-14 October (Tuesday-Thursday): Mediterranean Offshore Conference, Alexandria, Egypt.

18 October (Monday): Prophet’s Birthday.

21 October (Thursday): National holiday in observance of the Prophet’s Birthday.

24-28 October (Sunday-Thursday) Cairo Water Week, Cairo, Egypt.

27-28 October (Wednesday-Thursday) Intelligent Cities Exhibition & Conference, Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski, Cairo, Egypt.

28 October (Thursday): The CBE’s Monetary Policy Committee will meet to review interest rates.

30 October – 4 November (Saturday-Thursday): The first edition of Race The Legends, Egypt.

1-3 November (Monday-Wednesday): Egypt Energy exhibition on power and renewable energy, Egypt International Exhibition Center, Cairo, Egypt.

November: Egypt will host another round of talks to reach a potential Egyptian-Eurasian trade agreement, which can significantly contribute to increasing the volume of Egyptian exports to the Russia-led bloc that includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

1-12 November (Monday-Friday): 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), Glasgow, United Kingdom.

29 November-2 December (Monday-Thursday): Egypt Defense Expo.

12-14 December (Sunday-Tuesday): Food Africa Cairo trade exhibition, Egypt International Exhibition Center, Cairo, Egypt.

13-17 December: United Nations Convention against Corruption, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

16 December (Thursday): The CBE’s Monetary Policy Committee will meet to review interest rates.

14-16 February 2022 (Monday-Wednesday): Egypt Petroleum Show, Egypt International Exhibition Center, New Cairo, Egypt.

1H2022: The World Economic Forum annual meeting, location TBD.

May 2022: Investment in Logistics Conference, Cairo, Egypt.

27 June-3 July 2022 (Monday-Sunday): World University Squash Championships, New Giza.

**Note to readers: Some national holidays may appear twice above. Since 2020, Egypt has observed most mid-week holidays on Thursdays regardless of the day on which they fall and may also move those days to Sundays. We distinguish below between the actual holiday and its observance.

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