Egypt to repay $700M in debt to Paris Club in January

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Thu, 04 Jan 2018 - 10:39 GMT

Tarek Amer, Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt- Press Photo

Tarek Amer, Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt- Press Photo

CAIRO - 4 January 2018: Egypt will repay $700 million to Paris Club in January as part of its debt to the financial institution, which currently totals to $3.7 billion.

The repayment is a part of a bi-annual installment owed to the group, usually paid in January and July.

This $3.7 billion owed to the institution 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.

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 international reserves hit an unprecedented level in December as it recorded $37.019 billion, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) announced Wednesday.

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 2016, 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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