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Egypt’s oil exports to EU rose to 2.35 bln Euro in 2016
Egypt’s oil exports to EU countries has risen by 4 percent during the first half of this year reaching 2.35 billion Euro compared to 2.26 billion Euro during the same period last year, Youm7 quoted a report by Trade Ministry.
The report also cited a 4 percent drop in size of Egyptian imports from EU markets during the same period this year to record 10.41 billion Euro after 10.89 billion Euro in 2015.
Orange Egypt signs 4G licence deal worth $484 mln
(REUTERS): Orange Egypt signed a licence deal on Thursday, paying $484 million to operate fourth-generation mobile phone services in the country of 90 million after the government agreed to offer it additional spectrum.
Egypt is selling four 4G licences as part of a long-awaited plan to reform the telecoms sector and to raise money for stretched government finances.
The country’s three existing mobile phone operators – Orange, Vodafone and Etisalat – initially all turned down the 4G licences saying the amount of spectrum on offer was not sufficient to allow them to offer the service efficiently.
The regulator then announced that operators which paid for the licence entirely in dollars would be given priority in buying additional spectrum. U.S. dollars are scarce in Egypt due to a long-running economic crisis.
Orange Egypt, a subsidiary of French telecoms group Orange , said early on Thursday it wished to “renegotiate acquisition of a 4G license in light of new terms.”
The regulator said the company had until October 23 to submit a formal offer but the chief executive of Orange Egypt signed a $484 mln deal on Thursday, receiving 10 megaherz of spectrum instead of the 7.5 initially on offer.
The head of Egypt’s telecom regulator said Orange would pay half the licence fee in Egyptian pounds and had also acquired a licence to offer fixed line services for a further $11 million.
Telecom Egypt, the state’s fixed-line monopoly, was the only company to take up the original offer, buying a 4G license in August for 7.08 billion Egyptian pounds ($797 million) to enter the mobile market directly for the first time. The company later offered to buy additional spectrum not acquired by other operators.
The regulator said it would reconvene on October 23 to discuss additional options for rolling out 4G services that include holding an international auction for the remaining licences and selling additional frequency to Telecom Egypt.
Kuwait’s Zain, China Telecom, Saudi Telecom and Lebara KSA have all expressed interest in acquiring Egyptian 4G licences if the established companies bow out.
Egypt needs hard currency after burning through its foreign exchange reserves as political turmoil hit foreign investment and tourism since a 2011 uprising.
Belgium delegation to visit Cairo to boost bilateral economic cooperation: Minister
A Belgium trade delegation is set to visit Cairo in 2017 to discuss ways to support economic and trade cooperation between both countries, Youm7 quoted a statement by Minister of Trade Tareq Qabil.
The visit also aims to study investment opportunities fore Belgium companies in Egyptian market, added the statement.
Qabil remarks came after a meeting with the Belgium Ambassador to Cairo, which tackled Egypt’s economic reform program that seeks an attractive atmosphere for local and foreign investments.
Japan to fund 2nd phase of Grand Egyptian Museum restoration
Japan is expected to fund the second phase of the restoration project of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) with $450 million Ministry of International Cooperation annoucned in a statement.
The ministry’s statement came after reaching an agreement with the Japanese Ambassador to Cairo to sign two deals, which also includes Japan’s financing to development projects of Cairo electricity grids.
The first phase of the GEM is expected to be inaugurated in 2017.
Suez Canal revenues increase to 3.8 bln EGP in July: CAPMAS
Suez Canal revenues for July have increased to 3.8 billion EGP compared to 3.7 billion EGP last year, annoucned a report by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.)
The report said that a total of 1,087 ships crossed Suez Canal during July 2016 compared to 1,106 ships last during the same month last year.