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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has announced a significant increase in the minimum wage, raising it by 50% to 6,000 Egyptian pounds ($194) effective March. This move is part of a larger 180 billion pound “urgent social protection package” aimed at addressing economic challenges and enhancing social welfare.

The decision comes amidst concerns over the stability of the Egyptian pound, with recent interest rate adjustments signaling potential currency fluctuations. Despite fluctuations, the pound has shown resilience, currently trading around 60 against the dollar.

In addition to the minimum wage hike, President Sisi has instructed the government to raise the tax threshold by 33%, benefiting employees across sectors. State workers will also see wage increases ranging from 1,000 to 1,200 pounds per month starting in March.

These initiatives coincide with ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to revitalize the economy and secure a $3 billion loan augmentation. Despite recent price hikes on essential services and the lingering effects of the Gaza crisis, Egypt’s central bank reported a slight increase in net foreign reserves to $35.25 billion in January.

Furthermore, annual headline inflation saw a modest decline to 33.7% in December, reflecting stabilization efforts amidst economic challenges.

President Sisi’s decision underscores his commitment to addressing income disparities and fostering inclusive growth. As Egypt continues its economic reform agenda, these measures aim to strengthen social protections and instill confidence in the country’s economic trajectory.
By: Montel Kamau
Serrari Financial Analyst
8th February, 2024

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