IMF approves $3B loan for Egypt

Deal allows further financing of about $14B from Egypt's partners.

IMF approves $3B loan for Egypt

The International Monetary Fund early Saturday approved a $3 billion loan for Egypt under a 46-month program.

In a statement, the IMF said the arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) includes the immediate disbursement of $347 million.

"The package includes a durable shift to a flexible exchange rate regime, monetary policy aimed at gradually reducing inflation, fiscal consolidation to ensure downward public debt trajectory while enhancing social safety nets to protect the vulnerable," it said.

According to the statement, the loan program would also allow further financing of about $14 billion from Egypt's international and regional partners, including from Gulf countries.

Egypt’s foreign reserves dropped to $33.5 billion in November, down from $41 billion before the outbreak of the Russian war on Ukraine in February.

Egypt also suffered from an abundance of foreign exchange in the past few months, causing high rates of inflation which stood at around 19.2% in November.

Hüseyin Demir

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