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  • CAIRO— The idea is colossal: building an eco-friendly city the size of Singapore in the desert outside Cairo, a sleek new capital fit for the 21st century where a diverse slice of society will live in harmony. It's everything missing from Egypt today— with a price tag of up to $80 billion. It is more like a scripted media event than a serious proposal, reflecting the...

  • Egyptian small investors look for a role Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 2:48 AM ET

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt— Hisham Khalil heads a medium-sized construction company, the sort of firm that past Egyptian governments generally ignored in their grand economic reform projects in favor of close friends and mega-businesses. So when Egypt launched its latest roadmap to an economic future at an international conference this past weekend, Khalil...

  • Egypt to require tourists to obtain visas in advance Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    CAIRO— Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdellaty says authorities will require individual foreign tourists who are not travelling in groups to Egypt to obtain a visa in advance from embassies in their own countries for the time being. The decision, to take effect on May 15, does not affect tour groups, which can still purchase visas at ports of entry such as...

  • Egypt basks in world support at investor conference Sunday, 15 Mar 2015 | 5:08 AM ET

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt— Egypt's president claimed broad support from the international community for his vision of the future on Sunday, in a boisterous speech to an investor conference that saw billions pledged to boost an economy left battered by four years of turmoil following a popular uprising. A jubilant Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi acknowledged Egypt's...

  • SHARM EL-SHEIKH, March 14- One of Egypt's leading businessmen said on Saturday the country needs to fire inefficient civil servants to attract investment and strengthen the economy. Foreign investors have criticised bureaucracy and a bloated civil service of about seven million in Egypt, the most populous Arab country. "Changing the mindset of all the...

  • SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt— Corporate leaders offered upbeat assessments Saturday of Egypt's economic prospects and confidence in the government's ongoing efforts to streamline the country for business after four years of unrest, as companies signed billion dollar deals at a conference aimed at spurring investment. The meeting, a cornerstone of the...

  • SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, March 13- Qalaa Holdings, one of Egypt's largest investment companies, said on Friday its investment strategy would focus on opportunities presented by reforms in the energy sector. Speaking at an investment conference in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, Qalaa chairman Ahmed Heikal said he was highly encouraged by the...

  • CAIRO, March 11- Egypt's government is expected to approve on Wednesday a lower tax ceiling for companies and individuals in high income brackets in order to attract investors and boost the economy, the investment minister said. The step comes days before Egypt holds an investment conference in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik it hopes will attract...

  • ISMAILIA, Egypt, Feb 26- Egypt's military could help build an industrial hub around a new Suez Canal, the project's manager said, the first suggestion that the armed forces may play an important role in the huge investment venture planned alongside the new waterway. The army began in August digging the new $8 billion canal that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the...

  • Egypt's decision to buy 24 of the Dassault Aviation fighters follows failures by successive French governments to sell the plane and leapfrogs three years of inconclusive talks for a 126- plane contract with India. Sisi has been looking to upgrade Egypt's military hardware over fears Islamist militias in neighboring Libya could take control and directly...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 12- French President Francois Hollande said Egypt would order 24 Rafale fighter jets, a naval frigate and related military equipment in a deal to be signed in Cairo on Monday worth more than 5 billion euros. The contract would make Egypt, aiming to upgrade its military hardware amid fears the crisis in neighbouring Libya could spill over, the first...

  • CAIRO, Feb 11- The International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday that Egypt's structural and monetary reforms were starting to produce a turnaround in the economy, which has been hit by persistent turmoil since 2011.. Egypt's current government has since embarked on a series of reforms, and asked the IMF to assess its financial and economic condition in the...

  • CAIRO, Feb 11- The International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday that Egypt's structural and monetary reforms were starting to produce a turnaround in the economy, which has been hit by persistent turmoil since 2011.. However, Egypt has received billions of dollars in aid from Gulf states since ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted president Mohamed...

  • *Cairo fears spillover from Libya conflict. PARIS, Feb 10- France is close to selling Dassault Aviation- built Rafale fighter jets to Egypt, sources close to the matter said on Tuesday, as Cairo looks to upgrade its military hardware over fears the crisis in neighbouring Libya could spill over. France and Egypt have been negotiating since a November state visit by...

  • *Tahrir Square site of largest protests in 2011 uprising. CAIRO, Feb 8- A circular patch of land in Cairo's central Tahrir Square poses a dilemma for the government: how to honour the epicentre of the 2011 popular uprising while pressing ahead with one of the fiercest crackdowns on dissent in Egypt's history? This is good, " Cairo Governor Galal Mostafa Saeed told...

  • HUSAYNAT, Egypt, Feb 4- At a remote spot in the Sinai desert last month, a commander of Egypt's most feared Islamist group outlined his hopes of toppling the country's government. "We will create an Islamic state in Egypt," he said. The militant said he was from the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group, which has killed hundreds of security forces since the military ousted...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 23- Egypt can expect economic growth "easily north of 4 percent" in fiscal year 2014-15, which ends in June, boosted by rising confidence and a windfall from lower oil prices, its finance minister said on Friday. Egypt suffered a severe economic crisis after the 2011 uprising that toppled veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak, ushering in a period...

  • POLL-Egypt's economy seen growing 3.5 pct in 2014/15 Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 7:19 AM ET

    The forecast is in line with the government's target for the 2014/ 15 fiscal year that began in July and would represent a modest rebound for Egypt, which has struggled to restore growth during four years of political turmoil. However, Egypt has received billions of dollars in aid from Gulf states since ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted president...

  • CAIRO, Jan 12- The successful roll-out so far of a new "smart card" system to distribute subsidised bread has been a major achievement for Egypt's government, saving money while earning praise from families who no longer have to wake early to fight for loaves. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi appears to be succeeding where predecessors Hosni Mubarak and Mohamed...

  • CAIRO, Jan 6- Business activity in Egypt expanded at its fastest rate in three months in December, a survey showed on Tuesday, with rising output and export demand bolstering a fragile economic recovery. "Egypt is yet to regain momentum but a fifth consecutive score above 50.0 reinforces our view that the economy continues to stabilize," Simon Williams, chief...