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WB Signs $1.5b Loan to Egypt

WB Signs $1.5b Loan to EgyptWB Signs $1.5b Loan to Egypt

The World Bank on Friday signed a $1.15 billion loan with the Egyptian government, a final tranche of funds to support economic reforms in the country, the international lender said, AFP reported. The deal was sealed on the sidelines of the “Africa 2017” investment conference in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh in Sinai. The loans are provided to support “Egypt’s home-grown reform program aimed at powering job creation, ensuring energy security, strengthening public finances, and enhancing business competitiveness,” the World Bank said in a statement. The loan is the last in a three-part package worth a total of $3.15 billion, the World Bank said. The International Monetary Fund is also currently in the process of disbursing the latest installment of a $12 billion loan it agreed with Egypt in November 2016 to support its economic reforms. In order to obtain the IMF’s approval for the loan, Cairo has implemented a set of drastic reforms, adopting a value-added tax, cutting energy subsidies and floating the pound.


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