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Egypt has announced a temporary suspension of its land allocation system, which prioritized applicants paying in dollars from abroad. Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities, Assem El Gazzar, stated that the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) will review all allocations under this system to ensure they align with the Central Bank of Egypt’s foreign exchange policies.

Introduced in late 2022, the land allocation system aimed to attract foreign investment by allowing direct land purchases for foreign investors without traditional bidding processes, provided the full value of the land was paid in dollars from outside Egypt. This measure was part of Egypt’s strategy to address a foreign currency liquidity crisis.

During the suspension, the Egyptian government will evaluate the system’s impact on foreign exchange reserves and overall economic stability. Despite the pause, non-Egyptian investors and companies remain exempt from this decision, underscoring the country’s commitment to maintaining its appeal as an investment destination.

This move comes amid ongoing efforts by the Central Bank of Egypt to stabilize the economy through measures such as adjusting interest rates and managing foreign currency reserves. The suspension is expected to allow a thorough assessment, potentially leading to a more sustainable investment framework.

While the short-term effects might include a slowdown in foreign currency inflow, the review aims to create a more robust system for future investments. This decision reflects Egypt’s balancing act between attracting foreign capital and ensuring domestic economic stability.

Foreign investors will closely watch the outcomes of this suspension. The exemption for non-Egyptian investors highlights the government’s continued efforts to attract foreign capital while addressing economic challenges.

The review process will be crucial in shaping the future of foreign investment in Egypt’s real estate market, potentially serving as a model for other emerging markets facing similar issues.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

3rd June, 2024

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