Foreign currency cash reserves fell by $1 billion at the end of last May, according to a brief report by the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) published on Saturday.
Cash reserves rose to $20.5 billion by the end of April, after Egypt obtained deposits worth $6 billion from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait. This was based on pledges from the three countries made at the Sharm El-Sheikh Summit held in March to support the Egyptian economy.
The government aims to reduce the deficit rate by the end of fiscal year (FY) 2014-2015 to 10 percent, and down to 8 percent within three years. The government is counting on the growth of direct investment in FY 2014-2015 to push cash reserves and reduce deficit rates.
Foreign direct investments increased in the first nine months of FY 2014-2015 to $5.7 billion, compared to $3.1 billion during the same period in FY 2013-2014.
Investment Minister Ashraf Salman said in a press statement to Daily News Egypt that the government is targeting foreign investments of between $6 billion and $8 billion by the end of FY 2014-2015.
By Menna Samir
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