Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Subsidized bread to rise in price for first time in a generation

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WHAT WE’RE TRACKING TODAY

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. The heat is rising again today, both literally and metaphorically.

Literally: Expect the mercury to hit at least 43°C in the capital as a heat wave rolls over the country. Our favourite weather app shows the mercury touching 44°C tomorrow — and temperatures largely above 40°C through mid-month.

Metaphorically: We have two hot stories for you this morning. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi is pushing forward with a plan to raise the price of subsidized bread for the first time in a generation and Orascom Development Egypt is dealing with an Environment Ministry claim that it has somehow damaged the environment in El Gouna, its flagship destination. We have more on both stories in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

THE BIG STORY ABROAD is still (you guessed it) … covid-19. Customers and staff will need to show proof of vaccination to get into restaurants, gyms, entertainment venues and other indoor sites in New York City, Reuters and the Financial Times report. The requirement comes into effect next month. Bloomberg, meanwhile, quotes a US medical group as saying that the Delta variant means countries won’t see true “herd immunity” until at least 80% of the population is vaccinated or has had the disease.

More and more top global companies will require their staff to be vaccinated when they go back to working from the office in September. Microsoft is the latest to make it official, saying employees and anybody else coming into its offices will need to show proof they’re jabbed. Google and Facebook made similar announcements last week, following in the footsteps of hospitals and restaurant groups.

US politics watchers are also following the case of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. President Joe Biden said Cuomo “should resign” as investigators said they had “corroborated the claims of 11 women who accused Mr. Cuomo of inappropriate behavior, from suggestive comments to instances of groping.” The story leads the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

MORNING MUST READS- For you finance nerds this morning, take your pick between Fortune’s interview with Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman covering SPACs, meme stocks and a “new generation” of investors and the WSJ’s sit-down with SEC chief Gary Genslder, who says the “crypto Wild West” demands stronger investor protection — foreshadowing stronger regulation in the US.


HAPPENING TODAY- It’s the final day for the Africa Food Manufacturing exhibition at the Egypt International Exhibition Center.

HAPPENING TOMORROW- The Central Bank of Egypt will meet this week to review interest rates. All 12 analysts we surveyed expect the central bank to leave rates on hold, with inflation and rising global commodity prices weighing heavily on their decision.

A bit further out: We can expect foreign reserve figures for July next week and inflation data out on Tuesday.

CIRCLE YOUR CALENDAR- Euromoney Conferences is organizing a two-day virtual conference from 7-8 September to talk sustainable finance and investment. Titled “GlobalCapital Sustainable and Responsible Capital Markets Forum,” the online event will feature on day one Vice Minister of Finance Minister Ahmed Kouchouk, who will participate in a live panel discussion on green sovereign bonds. You can register for the webinar here.

REMINDER- Next week will be a short workweek. Islamic New Year here in Egypt looks set to fall on Monday of next week (much of the rest of the Arab world will celebrate it on Tuesday). The Madbouly government is yet to confirm whether we will observe the holiday on Thursday, 12 August (which we think is most likely) or on Sunday, 8 August. No news by tomorrow afternoon means the holiday will be observed next Thursday.


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

  • Mixed PMI in July: Non-oil private sector employment grew for the first time in almost two years in July but a contraction in activity worsened as demand weakened, IHS Markit said yesterday.
  • Odin-Kasb equity fund to launch by the end of the year: Odin Investments and Kasb Capital are targeting a EGP 200 mn first close when their new equity fund goes live later this year, a launch that has been delayed for almost a year due to negotiations with authorities.
  • Egypt’s handball team makes history: Egypt’s handball team is going to the Olympic semifinals for the first time in history after they beat Germany 31-26.

TOKYO 2020 AS IT STANDS-

Country 🏅 🥈 🥉 Total
1 China 32 21 16 69
2 US 25 29 21 75
3 Japan 19 6 11 36
4 Australia 14 4 16 34
5 ROC (Russia) 13 21 18 52
78 Egypt 0 0 2 2

Egypt has two chances to snag a bronze medal today: Mohamed Ibrahim Kicho will compete against Russia in the Men’s Greco-Roman 67 kg wrestling match, while Mohamed Metwally will face off against Germany in the Men’s Greco-Roman 87 kg, with the session beginning at 12:30pm CLT.

Two Egyptian equestrians are also competing in the individual jumping final — Mouda Zeyada and Nayel Nassar are set to clear hurdles at noon CLT.

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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, and urban development as well as social infrastructure such as health and education.

In today’s issue: The ring road is set to get a major EGP 7.3 bn facelift, with one of the main changes being the introduction of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lane to replace microbuses and smoothen out traffic on the highway. But how will the new BRT compare to cheap and convenient microbuses, and what could its rollout look like?

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We can’t wait to see the endurance sports community back at Somabay, taking on the Supersprint, Sprint, Olympic, Youth, & Kids Races. Early-bird registration for the Somabay Endurance Festival is now open.

SUBSIDIES

Subsidized bread to rise in price for first time in a generation

SMART POLICY- Subsidized bread prices may increase for the first time in decades, after President Abdel Fattah El Sisi raised the prospect in a speech yesterday on the sidelines of an event that marked the opening of state-owned complex that will produce meals for school children (watch, runtime: 2:11). The president didn’t specify how much the price of a 5-piaster baladi loaf could increase by, but said that the increase would be modest. “I'm not saying we make it significantly more expensive, not as much as it costs to make it, which is 65 or 60 piasters, but [higher prices] are necessary,” El Sisi said. “It's unfathomable to sell 20 loaves for the price of a [single] cigarette,” he added.

The removal of bread subsidies could help get a parallel plan to improve child nutrition off the ground: The nationwide scheme is expected to cost EGP 7.7 bn, with a single meal served daily to each child expected to come in at between EGP 6-7, El Sisi also said yesterday (watch, runtime: 16:36). Among the ways the government will cover the cost is through making use of potential savings from cutting bread subsidies, as well as by tapping into separate budgets allocated individually to ministries, El Sisi added.

When will the final price be announced? The Supply Ministry is now drafting the new price hikes in a report that will then be shipped to the Cabinet for review and approval, ministry spokesperson Ahmed Kamal said, Al Shorouk reports.

The increase could affect the majority of the Egyptian population: Over 65 mn people are part of welfare programs that allocate five loaves of bread per day to each person at less than one-tenth of what it costs to produce. Prices of other essential commodities — including fuel — have increased in recent years as the Sisi administration gradually lifted ruinous energy subsidies, but bread remained untouched. Reuters took note of the story.

Bread subsidies have long been a controversial topic in Egyptian politics. ِِِA previous decision to hike the price of a loaf in 1977 prompted nationwide protests in what became known as “bread riots.”

ENVIRONMENT

El Gouna developer fighting USD 34 mn fine

The Environment Ministry is asking Orascom Development Egypt to cough up almost USD 34 mn, alleging that the company has caused environmental damage in El Gouna. The company said in a bourse filing (pdf) yesterday that it received a USD 33.9 mn compensation claim from the ministry’s Environment Protection Agency (EPA) in relation to its flagship Egypt destination. The ministry reportedly claims ODE inappropriately disposed of building materials, damaging the marine environment in the process.

The problem is, ODE says it doesn’t know what it’s being fined for: The EGX-listed company, part of the Sawiris family empire, said in a statement that the EPA has not provided evidence of its claims and has not responded to the company’s request for further information. ODE also says that a formal request was sent to the authority asking to be provided with technical reports or to reach a settlement on the compensation claims, which ODE says it was only informed about verbally. “ODE has not been given the opportunity to respond, whether technically or legally, to the allegations before the issuance of the claim,” the company wrote. We spoke yesterday with a company official confirmed ODE still hasn’t heard back from the authority.

Two separate letters from the EPA and ODE — copies of which were obtained by Hapi Journal — suggest some of the fines cover damage caused to El Gouna at the time of the “dragon” storm, which slammed into Egypt in March 2020. The total sum also allegedly includes an EGP 333k fine for breaching the Environment Act by failing to submit reports to the EPA on the project’s environmental impact before beginning work, as well as an EGP 33k fine for breaches of other other articles of the law.

The Environment Ministry declined to comment on the issue yesterday when we reached out asking for more information.

ODE has a reputation for being a good steward of the environment and has made its destinations’ natural beauty one of its primary marketing pillars. The company said yesterday that it has “always been strongly committed to the environment” and claims it is compliant “with all environmental laws.”

ODE’s shares slumped 9.3% in trading yesterday.

BANKING

Credit risk is falling in the banking sector

An improving operating environment since 3Q2020 has eased pressure on Egyptian banks’ credit profiles and ratings, according to a Fitch Ratings report yesterday. Fitch had in July revised its outlook for the banking sector from negative to stable, “reflecting the stable outlook on the operating environment,” according to the report.

What’s driving the rosier outlook? With a reversal in capital outflows as investor confidence returns, Egyptian banks’ foreign currency liquidity improved, with foreign holdings of Egyptian treasuries increasing to USD 29 bn at the end of May from USD 10 bn in June 2020. The USD 5.2 bn IMF standby loan, as well as resilient remittances, also helped restore investor confidence, Fitch said. An increase in Egyptian banks’ net foreign assets to USD 1.7 bn by the end of June 2021 on the back of lower liabilities was also a good indicator.

Higher foreign liabilities still pose a risk: In efforts to recover from the aftermath of the covid-19 sell-off from emerging markets, while maintaining credit profiles and viability ratings, more Egyptian banks had to tap international financial institutions for funding “to support their FC liquidity.” However, higher foreign liabilities still raise some repayment risks. “Banks’ debt-servicing capacity could come under renewed pressure from another wave of sell-offs by foreign investors,” Fitch said.

The good news is that “about 70% of the sector’s external debt is long-term and banks hold enough stocks of FC liquid assets against their short-term FC liabilities.” While being equipped with readily-available liquidity buffers, some banks have already begun to remit their FC term loans, while directing lending to working capital financing rather than capex. Egypt’s expected stable current account deficit, higher FX reserves and an expected pick-up in tourism should also support banks’ FC liquidity going forward.

Egypt’s GDP is expected to grow at a 6% clip in FY2022-2023, up from 3% expected in the current fiscal year, according to Fitch estimates. Recovering economic growth and higher foreign investments, buoyed by low interest rates, are expected to drive “low double-digit loan growth in 2021, with an acceleration in 2022.” Last year, loan growth was boosted by both the CBE’s March 2020 decision to delay loan repayments for individuals and businesses by six months, and by initiatives to provide lending to SMEs and certain sectors at subsidized rates.

COVID WATCH

Egypt isn’t on the list as the US ships over 110 mn vaccines to 60 countries

Egypt is not on the list of 60 countries to which the US has donated and shipped more than 110 mn doses of covid-19 vaccines, according to a White House statement. The news comes after US President Joe Biden in June promised America would be “the arsenal of vaccines for the rest of the world.” Indonesia was the top recipient at 8 mn doses, followed by Columbia and the Philippines with over 6 mn apiece. Closer to home: Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, and Jordan all received doses from the United States.

Egypt isn’t on the list despite the Biden administration saying in June said that it would be among 13 “regional priority” countries who would receive 6 mn of the first 25 mn donated doses. Iraq, Yemen, the West Bank and Gaza also missed out. Another 500 mn Pfizer doses are set to be shipped from the US to 100 countries starting at the end of August though, leaving open the possibility we could still be in line for some ‘Murican jabs.

The Health Ministry reported 53 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 51 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 284,415 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 5 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 16,540.

ELSEWHERE- China has imposed new travel restrictions after a fresh outbreak of infections thought to be caused by the Delta variant in eastern Jiangsu province spread to 15 others, the BBC reports. The outbreak is the largest China has seen for months, and authorities have imposed a three-day lockdown on over 9 mn people and cut Beijing’s travel links with areas with confirmed cases. Authorities in some provinces have even begun offering monetary rewards to encourage people to report those they suspect may be infected with covid-19.

TRANSPORT

The little engine that could…

NERIC due to deliver its first locally-made locomotive in mid-2022: The recently set up National Egyptian Company for Railroad Industries (NERIC) will manufacture its first electric locomotive and hand it over to the Transport Ministry, by the middle of next year, Sameh Gabra, who heads East Port Said Development, a shareholder in the state-owned locomotive manufacturer, told Al Mal. East Port Said Development owns 16% of NERIC, which was set up late last year as a joint-stock company and also counts the Sovereign Fund of Egypt, the Suez Canal Economic Zone, and others as its shareholders.

Background: NERIC specializes in producing and refurbing locomotives. It was established as part of a state-led bid to localize the rail industry. The Planning Ministry previously said this bid could involve investments of up to USD 10 bn over the next few years.

EARNINGS WATCH

Emaar Misr’s net income almost doubled in 2Q2021 to EGP 801.1 mn, up from EGP 409 mn in the same period last year, according to the real estate developer’s latest earnings statement (pdf). The hike came as revenues almost tripled to reach EGP 2.24 bn, up from EGP 795.4 mn in 2Q2020. This the second consecutive quarter of strong growth by the real estate developer after it reported a 114% rise in net income and a 57% increase in revenues in 1Q.

MOVES

Mai Farid (LinkedIn) has been named an advisor to the Universal Health Ins. Authority, the Finance Ministry said in a statement yesterday. Farid has 14 years of experience at the finance ministry, where she is currently a deputy head and executive director of the ministry’s economic justice unit.

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ENTERPRISE+: LAST NIGHT’S TALK SHOWS

Two main topics were vying for the talking heads’ attention last night: Egypt’s handball team’s historic victory taking them to the semifinals in the Olympics for the first time after their 31-26 victory over Germany — and President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s possible plans for a “modest” hike in the price of a 5-piaster baladi loaf. We have the full story on the potential increase in subsidized bread prices in the news well above. Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 11:31) and Hadrat El Mowaten (watch, runtime: 4:45 | 5:40) are among those who took note.

Coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was everywhere, with former Egyptian Handball Federation head Hesham Nasr phoning into Channel One to laud the handball team’s triumph and discuss potential plans by the state to expand local sport infrastructure (watch, runtime: 5:41). The news got attention from Sada El Balad’s Ahmed Moussa (watch, runtime: 7:30). Egypt’s handball team is scheduled to meet France in the semifinals tomorrow (Thursday) at 10am CLT.

In preparation for the back to school season, teachers, school staff and all education-sector workers are next in line for covid shots under directives from El Sisi for their full immunization before the start of the 2021-2022 academic year in October, Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan said (watch, runtime: 1:19) last night. On the higher education front: Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal discussed public universities’ acceptance requirements, (watch, runtime: 23:24), while Masaa DMC touches on the importance of vocational training in Egypt (watch, runtime: 22:30).

Also on the airwaves last night:

  • State-owned processed foodmaker Silo Foods, which will help produce school meals for some 13 mn children nationwide, puts Egypt on the right track for specific self-sufficiency in some food products (Al Hayah Al Youm | watch, runtime: 3:10).
  • President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has directed for the launch of a national health check-up initiative for would-be mothers to identify possible health risks for their future children (Masaa DMC | watch, runtime: 2:43).

EGYPT IN THE NEWS

How slow is it in the foreign press? Molokhia is in the news, that’s how slow it is:

  • The BBC is doing a deep dive on molokhia, the Egyptian staple that was once outlawed for its alleged aphrodisiac effect on women, but is today a childhood comfort food. (BBC)
  • Did climate change contribute to the demise of Egypt’s Old Kingdom? A period of unusually dry weather in 2200 BC caused food shortages that helped spark political turmoil in Ancient Egypt, a Yale researcher claims. (Yale News)
  • Egypt’s #MeToo: Qawem — an app created in 2020 to help victims of [redacted] extortion — has over the past year received an alarming 250k appeals for help from Egyptian women who say their current or former partners are threatening to publish private photos of them. (Reuters)

ALSO ON OUR RADAR

The IFC will invest USD 100 mn in Egypt’s first corporate green bond offering by CIB, the institution announced in a statement. The bond will help CIB finance businesses looking to invest in green buildings, renewable energy, and other eco-friendly solutions, with the IFC financing its investment through the UK-IFC Market Accelerator for Green Construction. The IFC will also provide advisory support to CIB, including technical assistance. CIB’s green bond is the first such offering by a corporation in Egypt.

International hotelier Rotana has signed agreements with two local real estate firms to manage residential developments, it recently announced in a statement. The Emirati firm will manage Al Marasem Development’s New Cairo Lake Residence apartments, and Marina Way Lagoon’s Marina Bay holiday rentals in Alamein on the North Coast.

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A second covid summer will hit tourism-reliant economies hard, with many emerging economies missing out on potential revenues as the cost of fighting the pandemic weighs on their balance sheets, the Financial Times reports. The first five months of 2021 saw international travel 85% down from its pre-covid levels, according to data from the World Tourism Organization. Smaller, less diversified economies such as the Bahamas, Maldives, and Fiji are set to feel the pinch the most, while countries such as Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina benefited from an increase in domestic tourism.

Strong earnings reports from major firms have buoyed Wall Street stocks, despite continued worries over the spread of the delta variant and a regulatory crackdown in China, the Financial Times reports. The S&P 500 had its highest close in a week, while the Nasdaq saw gains of 0.6%. More than 86% of US companies have topped earnings expectations so far, with 55% of companies in Europe also performing better than expected, though the results are “flattered by depressed levels in the year-ago period,” UBS Wealth analysts wrote in a note.

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THE CLOSING BELL-

The EGX30 fell 0.9% at yesterday’s close on turnover of EGP 1.80 bn (29.8% above the 90-day average). Foreign investors were net sellers. The index is down 1.1% YTD.

In the green: Ezz Steel (+3.8%), Pioneers Holding (+2.9%) and GB Auto (+2.1%).

In the red: Orascom Development Egypt (-9.3%), Egyptian Resorts Company (-4.2%) and Cleopatra Hospital (-3.2%).

AROUND THE WORLD

IN DIPLOMACY- Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed to Tunisia yesterday for a meeting with Tunisian President Kais Saied, carrying a letter from President Abdel Fattah El Sisi pledging his full support for Tunisia’s “transition to stability and growth,” according to a Foreign Ministry statement. Saied has suspended parliament, sacked the prime minister and axed the finance, environment and ICT ministers.

AROUND THE REGION- Ebrahim Raisi assumed office as Iran’s new president yesterday, in a ceremony marking his official endorsement by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Hardline Raisi has inherited some serious issues from his more moderate predecessor Hassan Rouhani, including an economy wrecked by US sanctions, dire water and electricity shortages, and the most coronavirus-related deaths of any country in the Middle East. Then there’s the attempted revival of the nuclear pact with the US, with Tehran’s return to talks hanging in the balance as it continues to expand its nuclear program.

Yet more pressing for the new president is the diplomatic crisis triggered by a drone strike on an Israeli-affiliated oil tanker in the Persian Gulf last week, in which one British and one Romanian citizen were killed. The US and Israel followed the UK in blaming Tehran, which denied any involvement in the attack, adding further tension that has hardly helped attempts to rekindle nuclear talks.

Why hasn’t China taken a more active role in the GERD dispute? Deep commercial ties in Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan mean that Beijing has avoided taking a stance on the increasingly bitter fight over the future of the Nile’s water, Asia Times writes. Although its investments in the region hand it significant leverage to influence the negotiations, China is unlikely to risk the bns of USD it has invested in infrastructure, analysts tell the newspaper.

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ENTERPRISE EXPLAINS- Cairo Ring Road’s new BRT system: One of Cairo’s main roads is undergoing a major EGP 7.3 bn overhaul which is set to widen the congested 106 km freeway to 16 lanes by the end of this year, up from eight on most stretches today.

But most significantly, it will include an exclusive BRT (bus rapid transit) lane that could soon replace microbuses and other forms of public transit on the roadway. But so far, not much has been said or announced officially about the transition and the work needed to move us to this new system. However, by pooling information in the public domain as well as speaking to some of the parties involved, we can get an idea of what this new system will look like.

Here’s what we know so far about the new system: A consortium of local and international firms — led by French public transport company Transdev and including Orascom Construction, Mwasalat Misr and MCV Groupsigned an MoU with the Transport Ministry’s Land Transport Regulatory Authority (LTRA) in May to begin technical studies. The surveys which are currently collecting key data about high traffic areas, ridership and high density bus and microbus stops on the Ring Road are expected to wrap up by October of this year, according to a Transdev Egypt representative who spoke to us on condition of anonymity.

Pricing of transport on it seems very likely to change: It's not yet clear how much the project will cost or what price range we can expect fares to be offered at but given that a non-compete clause, requiring a freeze on all new contracts for public transport options on the roadway, has been articulated in the consortium’s MoU with the LTRA, the Transdev representative tells us, it appears likely that traditional forms of transport on the Ring Road will have to make way for a newcomer.

What does our current transit landscape look like on the Ring Road: While sometimes dangerous and unreliable, microbus use in Cairo is currently an essential component of our transit infrastructure. Specific numbers are hard to come by for the Ring Road but two-thirds of all public transit use in the Greater Cairo region relies primarily on microbus travel, Mohamed Hegazy, director of urban transit research and consultancy firm Transport for Cairo (TfC), tells us. “Microbuses are fast and often provide a direct service to places where formal alternatives would require an interchange,” Hegazy says, which a majority of riders value over having to make multiple transit changes, he explains.

But microbuses also have a number of drawbacks that could make BRT buses a compelling alternative. Safety is a key factor, microbus riders surveyed by TfC said. Although a detailed breakdown for road accidents involving microbuses is scarce, government figures indicate that there were close to 10k road accidents in Egypt in 2019 and catastrophic headlines of microbus-involved collisions on roadways are frequent. Then there’s the lack of proper timetables, caused by drivers only departing once their vehicles are full.

Then there’s the environmental impact: Microbuses primarily run on low-quality diesel fuel and are often poorly maintained. Under the new BRT system we could be looking at somewhat of a marked improvement in air quality with the new natural gas-powered buses, Hegazy said.

So how would a BRT system measure up to microbuses? It all depends on how it's rolled out. With what we know so far about the improved reliability of BRT buses, especially if provided a designated lane and a rigorous commitment to pre-set schedules, the new project could offer riders travel times that are “as fast as traditional public transport at much higher service quality,” Hegazy says.

What is yet to be announced and will likely be one of the foremost concerns for riders is ticket pricing. Riders using microbuses on the Ring Road now pay between EGP 5 -15 per trip and usually get direct access to their destinations. While safety and reliability could be vastly improved under the new system we’ll likely need to see a form of integrated payments between BRT buses and other forms of ancillary transit like the new Metro Line 3 or the upcoming Monorail project for the new system to achieve its maximum benefit.

What do BRT systems look like: In other parts of the world, like Brazil, France and Mexico, where BRT systems have been fully developed, buses are given their own designated lanes with clear stops that often allow riders to pay fares at the station ahead of time instead of onboard buses. Platform level boarding and reliable schedules also supposedly make them a more convenient and easily accessible option for riders. Fare integration, which allows riders to use a single card across multiple modes of transit, is another crucial development associated with BRT systems globally which could also become a component of our own BRT system here in Cairo, a Transdev representative tells us.


Your top infrastructure stories for the week:

CALENDAR

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.

9 August (Monday): Russian flights to Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada resume.

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

September: Delegation of Russian companies to visit Russian Industrial Zone.

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

7-8 September (Tuesday-Wednesday): Euromoney Conferences will host the GlobalCapital Sustainable and Responsible Capital Markets Forum 2021, featuring Vice Minister of Finance Minister Ahmed Kouchouk.

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.

21-22 September (Tuesday-Wednesday): The Federal Reserve meets 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.

October: New legislative session begins.

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.

1 October (Friday): State-owned companies and government service bodies selling goods and services to customers 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.

6 October (Wednesday): Armed Forces Day.

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

11-17 October (Monday-Sunday): IMF + World Bank Annual Meetings.

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.

31 October – 12 November (Sunday-Friday): The 26th UN Climate Change Conference, Glasgow, UK.

November: The French-Egyptian Business Forum is set to take place in the Suez Canal Economic Zone.

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.

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

2-3 November (Tuesday-Wednesday): The Federal Reserve meets to review interest rates.

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.

14-19 December (Tuesday-Sunday): The Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater.

14-15 December (Tuesday-Wednesday): The Federal Reserve meets to review interest rates.

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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