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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Egypt was the top destination for FDI in the Arab world between 2015 and 2020

Egypt was the top destination for FDI in the Arab world in the past half decade, attracting USD 124.5 bn-worth of project commitments between January 2015 and December 2019, the Arab Investment and Export Credit Guarantee Corporation (Dhaman) said in a report (pdf). The country accounted for 35.2% of the USD 340 bn invested in the region throughout the period. In total, 476 new projects, or 10.9% of total foreign projects in the Arab world, were launched in Egypt during those five years.

Egypt, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia snatched up to 65.4% of total FDI inflows into the region in 1Q2020 with investments of USD 11.2 bn. FDI inflows during the quarter fell 27.2% y-o-y in value terms and 30% by the number of new projects, according to Dhaman. Japan, the US, France, Philippines, Belgium, Saudi, Germany, Bahrain, China, and India were the top 10 countries committing FDI to the Arab region.

Dhaman had previously put the 2019 figure for Egypt-bound FDI at USD 13.7 bn, also topping the charts in terms of value, we noted last month. The Kuwait-based agency said at the time that the UAE topped the 2019 charts in terms of the number of projects, followed by Egypt and Saudi Arabia. According to the more recent report, the three countries remained on top in terms of the number of projects between 2015 and 2020. Dhaman also recently said that Egypt led the pack, and by a significant margin, when it came to real estate FDI.

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