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Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth to slow to 3.6% this year

Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is set to grow 3.6% this year, down from 4% in 2021, the World Bank said on Wednesday, as it warned rising food and energy prices fuelled by Russia’s war in Ukraine could spark civil unrest in the region. While it upgraded the forecast for this year by 0.1 percentage points and […]

EU plans to counter Russia with food diplomacy in North Africa, Middle East

The EU aims to address rising wheat and fertilizer prices and expected shortages in the Balkans, North Africa and the Middle East with “food diplomacy” to counter Russia’s narrative on the impact of its Ukraine invasion, EU diplomats and officials say. Food insecurity was causing “resentment” in vulnerable countries in these regions, while Moscow was […]

Egypt’s urban inflation accelerates to 10.5%

Egypt’s annual urban consumer price inflation accelerated in March to 10.5 percent, its highest in nearly three years and faster than analysts had expected, data from the state statistics agency CAPMAS showed on Sunday. The inflation figure, up from 8.8 percent in February, was greater than a median forecast of 10 percent in a Reuters […]

Dubai school operator Taaleem in preliminary talks for IPO

Dubai school operator Taaleem is in preliminary talks with banks for an initial public offering in Dubai, two sources told Reuters, a transaction that would test market appetite for UAE’s education sector. The private education sector in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is recovering from a slowdown during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. Schools […]

Egypt’s foreign reserves drop by $4bn on Ukraine war shock

The March reserves figure should have included a $5 billion deposit that Saudi Arabia said it placed with Egypt’s central bank just before the end of March, indicating that the scope of the strain on reserves had been even greater. The pressure on the currency prompted the central bank to devalue the pound by 14 […]

Tech company iMENA working with banks on IPO plans

Middle East technology investment firm iMENA Group, part owned by Abu Dhabi telecom operator e& , is considering an initial public offering in Abu Dhabi and is working with banks on the deal, two sources told Reuters. The company invests in online and mobile businesses in the Middle East and North Africa, with firms including […]

Egypt’s wheat imports from Russia rose in March despite war

Egypt received 479,195 tonnes of wheat from Russia in March, up 24 percent from the same month last year, according to freight data seen by Reuters. Ukrainian wheat imports stood at 124,500 tonnes, down 42 percent year-on-year. “Russian ports remained open,” said Mohammed El Gammal, a Cairo-based grains consultant for the UN Food and Agriculture […]

Dubai utility DEWA to raise $6.1 billion in biggest Gulf IPO since 2019

DEWA will add to growing volume from issuers in the Gulf, where $3.5 billion has been raised from IPOs this year, data from Refinitiv shows, exceeding European listings even as global markets remain volatile after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Dubai’s deputy ruler and finance minister Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed said in a tweet that DEWA […]

Yemen President Abd Rabuh Mansur Hadi. Picture: Creative Commoins

Saudi gives Yemen money and urges peace talks

Saudi Arabia welcomed the Yemeni president’s decision to transfer his powers to a new presidential council, urged the body to start negotiations with the Houthi group and said it would arrange $3 billion of support to the war-torn country’s economy, state news agency SPA said. Two billion dollars would come from Riyadh and another $1 billion […]

Egypt private sector activity shrinks as Ukraine war takes toll

Activity in Egypt’s non-oil private sector shrank in March at its fastest since the earlymonths of the coronavirus pandemic as fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine hit businesses and fuelled costs, a survey showed on Tuesday. The S&P Global Egypt Purchasing Managers’ Index slid to 46.5 from February’s 48.1, its 16th month below the […]

Saudi non-oil private sector maintains solid growth

Saudi Arabia’s non-oil private sector kept up its solid pace of growth in March as output expanded at the fastest rate in over four years, a survey showedon Tuesday. The headline seasonally adjusted S&P Global Saudi Arabia Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the whole economy rose to 56.8 in March from 56.2 in February, exactly […]

Egypt’s net foreign assets turned sharply negative in February

Egyptian net foreign assets (NFAs) went sharply negative in February, declining by 60 billion Egyptian pounds ($3.29 billion) to minus EP 50.3 billion, central bank data showed on Sunday. It was their fifth month of declines. An outflow of foreign currency helped prompt the central bank to devalue the pound by 14 percent on March […]

Egypt plans to issue first sovereign sukuk

Egypt plans to issue its first sovereign sukuk before the end of the current fiscal year ending in June, Finance Minister Mohamed Maiit said in a statement onSaturday. Maait also said that Egypt plans to tap the Japanese market by offering new issues in the future. Last month, Egypt issued 60 billion yen ($489.84 million) […]

UAE’s Aldar Properties buys beach property in Ras Al Khaimah

Abu Dhabi’s Aldar Properties, through its investment arm, has acquired the “Rixos Bab Al Bahr” beach property in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah for 770 million dirham ($210 million), it said on Friday. The acquisition will bring its total investment in Ras Al Khaimah to 1.5 billion dirhams, including the earlier acquisition of Al […]

Saudi Arabia deposits $5bn in Egypt’s central bank

Saudi Arabia has deposited $5 billion in Egypt’s central bank, the Saudi state news agency reported on Wednesday, and the kingdom is expected to invest further as the Ukraine war adds to the pressure on the Egyptian economy. Last week Egypt said it was in talks with the International Monetary Fund for potential funds and […]