Egypt to witness an unprecedented wave of inflation and price hikes

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On Saturday, bankers said that Egypt’s approval of measures stipulated by the International Monetary Fund to approve a $3 billion loan, including switching to a flexible exchange rate system, is a precursor to an unprecedented wave of inflation and price hikes.

Banking expert Hani Aboul Fotouh said Egypt is on the verge of a situation similar to what the country witnessed in November 2016 following the first flotation of the local currency.

Aboul Fotouh attributed the disruption of the government’s sale of its stakes in major national companies to Gulf sovereign funds and the decline in remittances from Egyptians abroad to the instability of the exchange rate in the country. He expected the Central Bank of Egypt to take urgent measures such as raising interest rates by 1 or 2%, stressing that the bank is now facing huge dilemmas regarding the liberalization of the local currency and fears that the US dollar will reach astronomical prices.

The former vice president of Blom Bank, Tareq Metwally, said that the government had adopted wrong banking policies over the past five years, expecting an unprecedented rise in prices and inflation rates.