Egypt targets economic growth of nearly 5 percent in first quarter

Published July 24th, 2015 - 08:44 GMT
Investment Minister Ashraf Salman said that Egypt is targeting a GDP growth rate of 4.5 to 4.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015-2016, according to daily business Al-Borsa newspaper.
Egypt also aims to attract $2 billion in foreign direct investments (FDI) in 1Q15/16, Salman added.
The government estimates the economy will have grown 4.3 percent in Fiscal Year 2014/15, with $7.5 billion in FDI, up from $4.1 billion a year earlier, the minister said.
A Ministry of Planning report stated that economic growth slowed to 3 percent year-over-year in 1Q2015 (3Q2014/15), without giving further details. Growth rates had slowed down from 4.3 percent and 6.8 percent in the two preceding quarters, respectively.
"We expect GDP growth to remain unchanged in FY2015/16 at 4.5 percent, as accelerating investment growth is offset by decelerating consumption," Mohamed Abu Basha, an economist at EFG-Hermes, wrote in the research note.
"Investment growth is likely to pick up more towards the second half of the fiscal year, as more infrastructure projects enter the execution phase," he added. 

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