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Egypt to repay $35bn debt in current fiscal year

People walk past the Egyptian Central Bank in downtown Cairo on 3 November 2016. [KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images]
People walk past the Egyptian Central Bank in downtown Cairo on 3 November 2016. [KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images]

The Egyptian government has allocated almost $35 billion to repay debt and loan instalments during the 2020/2021 fiscal year which started in July, an official report has revealed. Last year, the Egyptian government repaid around $23bn to its creditors.

Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait said previously that Egypt has repaid loans of more than $100bn over the past five years.

Data from the Central Bank of Egypt indicates that the country's foreign debt increased by 4.78 per cent on an annual basis during the third quarter of the fiscal year 2019/2020, to $111.3bn. However, unofficial estimates suggest that Egypt's foreign debt has exceeded the $120bn mark having received two new loans from the International Monetary Fund totalling $8 billion to cope with the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.

Egypt's domestic and foreign debt has doubled since the then General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi led a military coup and ousted democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

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