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Egyptian Expat Remittances Reach $2.7Bn in May: CBE

Egyptian Expat Remittances Reach $2.7Bn in May: CBE

RIYADH: Remittances from Egyptians living abroad have continued their upward trajectory for the third consecutive month, rising by 26.6 percent to reach $2.7 billion in May. 

According to data from the Central Bank of Egypt, this marks a year-on-year growth of 73.8 percent, up from $1.6 billion.

Additionally, the monthly increase from April’s figure reached $2.2 billion, driven by economic reform measures introduced on March 6, including a currency devaluation of approximately 35 percent in response to a significant interest rate hike.
This came as the International Monetary Fund projected Egypt’s foreign cash revenues to surge by $13.7 billion from five key sources this year, marking a 14.6 percent increase from the previous year. 

Net private transfers from abroad are anticipated to increase to around $23.1 billion in 2023-2024, up 5.5 percent from $21.9 billion in 2022-2023. The projections suggest these transfers will continue rising to $24.6 billion in 2024-2025. 

This anticipated growth is largely attributed to a landmark agreement signed in February by the UAE, represented by a private consortium led by ADQ, a sovereign investment fund based in Abu Dhabi. The agreement outlined a $35 billion investment in Ras El-Hekma, a region on the Mediterranean coast 350 km northwest of Cairo, marking the single largest foreign direct investment in Egypt to date. 

The IMF forecasted in May that foreign cash inflows from these five sources, including proceeds from commodity exports, tourism revenues, Suez Canal revenues, private transfers, and net foreign direct investment, will total around $107.3 billion for the fiscal year 2023-2024, up from approximately $93.6 billion in 2022-2023. 

Despite this positive outlook for the current fiscal year, the IMF expected a decline in foreign cash inflows for the next fiscal year, projecting a drop to approximately $91.2 billion, below the levels of 2022-2023. 

Specifically, the international firm predicted a decrease in commodity export revenues to $33.2 billion for the current fiscal year, down from $39.6 billion last year, a 16.2 percent decline, with a subsequent rise to $35.6 billion next year.  

Tourism revenues are expected to fall to around $12 billion in 2023-2024, down from $13.6 billion in 2022-2023, an 11.8 percent decrease, before increasing to about $12.6 billion in 2024-2025. 

Suez Canal revenues are projected to decline to $6.8 billion this fiscal year, compared to $8.8 billion last year, a 22.7 percent decrease, with an expected rise to approximately $10 billion next year.  

Net foreign direct investment inflows are projected to surge to around $32.2 billion this year, a significant increase from $9.7 billion in the previous fiscal year, marking a 232 percent rise. However, a decline to $8.4 billion is expected next year.