GAFI considers launching new Silver License to support Egyptian startups



Sun, 01 Oct 2023 - 12:40 GMT


Sun, 01 Oct 2023 - 12:40 GMT

Egypt’s General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) is planning to issue a new license targeting the facilitation of business activities for startups in the country, which is expected to be launched within the year’s end, revealed GAFI CEO Hossam Heiba in a recent statement to regional media.

The new “Silver License” will target startups and young companies, helping facilitate these companies’ business activities.

Although Heiba did not disclose further details, the GAFI CEO stated that the authority will submit the silver licenses’ details to Egypt’s Cabinet of Ministers within the upcoming two months.

Over the past year, Egypt has announced various measures to facilitate businesses’ needs and attract more investments including the launch of the “Golden Licenses” earlier this year.

These golden licenses were developed to fast-track approvals for establishing, operating, and managing projects. Since its launch, Egypt has issued 24 golden licenses, with several studies underway for new issuances.

Egypt was named as the top country in terms of funding in Africa, receiving a total of $305 million driven by a $260 million deal by FinTech company Halan during the first half of 2023, according to a report by MAGNiTT in July.

Over the weekend, Heiba revealed that the authority was considering establishing a financial hub in the New Administrative Capital in partnership with an Emirati-South African alliance. The center would focus on supporting companies with activities within insurance, investment funds, financial consulting, holding and family companies, and tourism fields.

Three financial hubs are also expected to be built in New Alamein and the Red Sea Governorate, Heiba added during a meeting with members of the Egyptian Lebanese Businessmen Association (ELBA) on Saturday.










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