Egypt's currency further declines against USD - Cairo News

Cairo, Jan 5 (IANS) The Egyptian pound further weakened against the US dollar whose exchange rate jumped from 24.7 to about 26.49 pounds, according to data from the central bank.

by IANS | Updated Jan 05, 2023

Egypt's currency further declines against USD - Cairo News

This is the largest single-day decline of the Egyptian pound's value since the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) allowed it to drop by about 14.5 per cent in late October 2022,reports Xinhua news agency.

The country devalued its currency twice in 2022.

The move complies with the country's "shift to a durable exchange rate regime" to contain inflation as a key demand of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which has recently approved a loan of $3 billion to Egypt to support its economic and structural reforms.

The IMF's support package also includes measures to be implemented by Egypt to "reduce the state's footprint" and "facilitate private-sector-led growth".

Earlier on Wednesday, the country's two main national banks, Banque Misr and the National Bank of Egypt, offered certificates for one-year savings with a record-high 25-per cent interest rate, a move that usually signals a devaluation of the local currency.

Over the past year, Egypt has been facing increasing inflation, which was driven by the global hike of food and energy prices.

The country's annual urban consumer inflation rate surged to 18.7 per cent in November 2022, marking the highest in nearly five years.

In December 2022, the CBE announced raising the interest rate by 300 basis points to contain soaring inflation, increasing the deposit rate to 16.25 per cent and the lending rate to 17.25 per cent.

Raising interest rates aimed "to contain inflationary pressures and to steer annual headline inflation rates towards its upcoming targeted levels", the central bank had said.

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