Egypt central bank says $57 bln cash flow into banks in 8 months – paper

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Cash inflows into Egypt’s banking system totalled more than $57 billion since Egypt floated its currency in early November, Egypt’s central bank governor told al Akhbar newspaper on Sunday.

Egypt floated the pound to help attract foreign capital as part of a three-year $12-billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan.

Faced with accelerating inflation, Egypt’s central bank on Thursday raised its key interest rates by 200 basis points for the second policy meeting in a row.

Egypt’s central bank governor Tarek Amer told Egyptian newspaper al Akhbar the decision to raise rates would encourage dollar holders to exchange them for pounds.

Source: Reuters