Women work on a production line at the mobile phone factory in Assuit, Egypt. Reuters
Egypt’s non-oil private sector economy saw renewed growth in April, according to latest PMI data. Output expanded for the first time in nearly one-and-a-half years and new business increased at a faster rate. Input purchasing and job numbers also rose, while business sentiment towards the year-ahead outlook for activity strengthened.
Egypt’s communications ministry will begin work on a 40 billion Egyptian pound ($2.44 billion) telecommunications network in the first phase of a new capital city being built east of Cairo, a cabinet statement said.
Business sentiment around future activity soared to the highest in one-and-a-half years in August, as more Egyptian firms expressed optimism for growth.
The blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index rose 0.4% to 14,574 and the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex was up 0.3% at 49,544.75. The Nifty and Sensex rose 1.7% on Tuesday.
Speculations have been going on for weeks about his whereabouts after he disappeared from the public following an October speech criticizing China’s financial system.
US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures climbed 37 cents, or 0.7%, to $53.35 a barrel while Brent crude futures rose 35 cents, or 0.6%, to $56.25 a barrel.