Last Night’s Talk Shows: Our re-entry to the JPMorgan EM bond index + Arab Gas pipeline timeline
Dominating the conversation on the airwaves last night: Our re-inclusion in JPMorgan’s emerging markets bond index, the benefits of which Finance Minister Mohamed Maait discussed at length in a phone-in with Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 16:46). Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 1:31; 3:13) and Ala Ma’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa (watch, runtime: 7:10; 4:35) also weighed in on the event.
Natural gas exports to Lebanon to begin by March: Oil Minister Tarek El Molla phoned in to Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 2:48) to discuss plans to export natural gas to Lebanon via the Arab Gas pipeline running through Jordan and Syria. The pipeline is expected to be up and running by the end of February or the beginning of March, El Molla said, adding that only paperwork remains to be completed and no further delays are expected. El Molla had previously said that the pipeline would be operational by the end of last year, before shifting the kick-off date to early this year.