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Egypt’s financial landscape witnessed a significant shift as the central bank reiterated its dedication to maintaining a flexible exchange rate regime, ensuring a steady flow of foreign currency reserves. This announcement stands as a crucial component of Egypt’s $8 billion loan program with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The decision to allow the Egyptian pound to undergo a sharp devaluation on March 6 came after a prolonged period of pegging it to the dollar. This move was prompted by the adverse effects of the overvalued currency, which resulted in shortages of foreign reserves and hindered the import of vital goods, including manufacturing inputs and consumer essentials.

Deputy Governor Rami Aboulnaga, speaking with the Atlantic Council, emphasized Egypt’s commitment to market-determined exchange rates. He stressed that the price of the currency will be determined by market dynamics, ensuring fairness in valuation.

Aboulnaga outlined Egypt’s strategy to address previous market challenges by ensuring accessibility to foreign currency liquidity across various economic sectors. This measure aims to alleviate past shortages and bottlenecks, fostering a more balanced and resilient market environment.

Despite undergoing multiple currency devaluations between March 2022 and March 2023, the central bank had reverted to a fixed exchange rate, leading to the emergence of a robust black market. This parallel market saw the Egyptian pound depreciate significantly against the dollar, adversely impacting remittances from Egyptians abroad.

Aboulnaga noted a positive shift in market dynamics, with increased interbank volumes and improved liquidity. These developments signify a step towards restoring stability and confidence in Egypt’s currency market, marking a promising trajectory for its economic future.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

19th April, 2024

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