Egypt's central bank issues LE 23.5B in T-bills, bonds Tuesday


Tue, 04 May 2021 - 01:53 GMT



CAIRO – 4 May 2021: The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), on behalf of the Ministry of Finance, issued LE 23.5 billion in treasury bills and bonds on Tuesday, May 4.


The T-bills were offered in two installments, with the first valued at LE 10.5 billion with a 91-day term, and the second worth LE 8 billion with a 266-day term.


As for the t-bonds, they were valued at LE 5 billion with a 10-year term.


For the current fiscal year, the budget deficit is estimated to record 6.3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), planned by the ministry to be financed through treasury bills and bonds and through international and Arab loans.


Egypt’s banks and bourse were off from Thursday, April 29, till Monday, May 3. These holidays comes in celebration of Sinai Liberation Day Holiday which marks Thursday, April 29, Easter Holiday, on Sunday, May 2, and Sham El Nessim Holiday on Monday, May 3.


Fridays and Saturdays are official weekly holidays for EGX and CBE. Trading will be resumed on Tuesday, May 4.


The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) decided Wednesday to keep the overnight deposit rate, overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation unchanged at 8.25 percent, 9.25 percent, and 8.75 percent, respectively. The discount rate was also kept unchanged at 8.75 percent.


Egypt's 2020/2021 draft budget aims to reduce public debt of GDP to 82.7 percent by end of June 2021, up from earlier target of 82.5 percent by the end of June 2020 and to 77.5 percent by the end of June 2022.




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