FILE- Employees in the EGX following performance of the trading session on December 12, 2017
CAIRO - 23 March 2020: Egypt’s main stock index jumped the most in the world after President Abdel Fattah El Sisi announced that the central bank would support the bourse to the tune of 20 billion Egyptian pounds ($1.3 billion), Bloomberg reported.
The EGX30 index climbed as much as 6.8 percent shortly after opening Monday in Cairo, extending a 5.9 percent increase in the previous session.
Commercial International Bank and Eastern Company SAE surged 5 percent and 10 percent, respectively, fueling the index’s increase.
After the exchange closed Sunday, Sisi said the central bank will provide the funds to support the stock market, while urging Egyptians to respect strict measures in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the Arab world’s most populous nation.
The aid comes after two state-run lenders had said last week they’d inject 3 billion pounds into the market.