The Telecom Egypt headquarters building in Cairo, Egypt. Reuters
Egypt’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 from 10.6 per cent in same period the previous year, state statistics agency CAPMAS said on Wednesday.
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.
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.
Dubai Economy issued fines to nine pharmacies and two pharmaceuticals suppliers for inflating the prices of face masks and trying to take undue advantage of the high demand for hygiene essentials following the nationwide alert against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The total value of the UAE’s non-oil trade in the first half of 2019 increased to Dhs786 billion, a 3.3 per cent growth compared to Dhs760.5 billion in the first half of 2018, according to the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, FCSA.
The UAE Rulers’ initiatives keep us motivated. The country has recently approved an additional support package of Dhs16 billion, bringing the total stimulus package to Dhs126 billion.
Egypt’s central bank is expected to leave its main interest rates unchanged as it weighs the impact of an emergency 300 basis point cut two weeks ago to soften the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, a Reuters poll showed.