Egypt’s CBE launches industrial initiative to raise GDP to 7.5% – deputy governor

A joint initiative by the government and the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) to support local industries with 100 billion pounds will help increase the country’s economic growth rates and the gross domestic product (GDP).

The fund will benefit around 96,000 eligible factories, CBE Deputy Governor Gamal Negm said.

The GDP is planned to increase to 7.5 percent annually, and growth rates will rise to 5.9 percent, up from 5.2 percent, by the completion of the initiative, Negm told a press conference held in Cairo on Monday.

Over the past few years, the CBE has launched a number of initiatives to boost the industry with 15 billion pounds, he said, referring to more than 865 factories receiving funds directed to increasing their capital and purchasing machinery and equipment.

Egypt’s exports are planned to reach around $200 billion by 2030, compared to $29 billion last year, he stressed.

He added that 8,586 industrial entities will benefit from an initiative to drop the debts of defaulter factories which amount to 31.2 billion pounds.

These factories will be eligible to the fund once they pay 50 percent of their original debt. Banks will then lift these factories off the defaulters list, he said.

Defaulting factories have debt burdens worth 35.6 billion pounds, while their original debts stand at 4.4 billion pounds, Negm said, pointing out that the initiative mainly targets industrial entities with debts worth less than 10 million pounds.

Source: MENA