Egypt's debt to Paris Club is $3.7B: CBE

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Sun, 19 Nov 2017 - 10:32 GMT

Tarek Amer, Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt – Reuters Photo

Tarek Amer, Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt – Reuters Photo

CAIRO - 19 November 2017: Egypt's debts to Paris Club amounted to $3.7 billion by the end of fiscal year 2016/17, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) said in a Sunday report.

This figure is compared to $3.5 billion by the end of March 2017, out of $79 billion, which are the total value of Egypt's external debts, the report added.

Egypt will repay $700 million to Paris Club in January 2018, which is a part of a bi-annual installment owed to the group usually paid in January and July.

In a previous interview with Business Today Magazine in October, CBE governor Tarek Amer said that Egypt will pay $13 billion in debts over 2018, where he added that the CBE will keep Egypt's foreign reserves at the level of $36 billion.

Egypt’s foreign reserves hiked to $36.703 billion at the end of October from $36.535 billion at the end of September.

Foreign reserves in the CBE have been rising since the Egyptian government clinched a $12 billion three-year loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in November, restoring confidence in the Egyptian market.

Reserves were only $19.041 billion at the end of October 2016, just before Egypt floated its local currency in November, which was a milestone in the IMF-backed economic reform program that also included loosening capital controls, hiking taxes and slashing subsidies.

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