Egypt Plans to Regulate and Reduce Essential Commodities Prices

Egypt Plans to Regulate and Reduce Essential Commodities Prices

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Egypt’s Cabinet, in partnership with the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), spoken plans to introduce measures to gainsay the rising forfeit of essential commodities, equal to a Facebook post by the Cabinet on 3 October.

The utterance comes days without President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi directed Minister of Supply and Internal Trade Ali Al-Moselhi to write the current price hikes during the ‘Hikayat Watan’ Conference on 2 October.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly received heads of commerce chambers, industry unions, supplies companies, and vendors wideness the country to discuss the forthcoming measures.

The gathering moreover included the presence of CBE Governor Hassan Abdallah, as well as the Ministers of Supply, Finance, Agriculture, and Trade and Industry.

The CBE, in particular, will interreact to secure the necessary US dollars for procuring goods and will explore solutions to unstrap the prices of essential commodities.

“We will work together to guarantee an zaftig supply of variegated goods in the Egyptian market in a way that contributes to decreasing the prices, particularly prices of supplies goods,” Madbouly was quoted saying in the statement.


The Egyptian local market has witnessed rising prices wideness several commodities, including essential supplies items, since the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine war in February 2022. The government nature this inflation to the war, global supply uniting disruptions, and the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In August, Egypt’s yearly headline inflation reached a record-high 39.7 percent, up from 38.2 percent in July. Notably, supplies and instillation prices experienced a monthly inflation rate of 2.2 percent, with vegetable prices surged remoter by 24.4 percent in August compared to the previous month.

The year-on-year increase in supplies and instillation prices amounted to 71.9 percent, while housing and restaurant services saw an yearly inflation rate of 49.5 percent.

The CBE currently set its inflation target to an stereotype of 7 percent — plus or minus 2 percent — by the fourth quarter of 2024, lanugo to 5 percent — plus or minus 2 percent — by the fourth quarter of 2026.

The World Bank unscientific that Egypt’s inflation is projected to stereotype 32.3 percent in 2023, significantly higher than the 5.2 percent and 5 percent figures recorded in 2021 and 2020, respectively.

Egypt’s wrestle versus rising thingamabob financing has once begun, with deportment taken to import 200 thousand tons of raw sugar to subtract prices and ban onion exports for three months.

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