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Remittances from Egyptians abroad up 24.4% m-o-m in September: CBE

Ahram Online , Thursday 2 Nov 2017
An employee counts U.S. dollars in a foreign exchange office in central Cairo, Egypt (Reuters)
An employee counts U.S. dollars in a foreign exchange office in central Cairo, Egypt (Reuters)
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The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) announced on Thursday that remittances from Egyptian abroad increased 24.4% in September, compared to the same month last year.

According to the CBE’s statement, Egyptians abroad transferred about $1.166 billion home compared to $937.3 million in September 2016.

The CBE added that in the period following the 3 November 2016 decision to float the Egyptian pound, the total remittances from Egyptians abroad registered  $17.4 billion from November 2016 to September 2017 compared to $14.8 billion in the same period of the previous year.

In November 2016, the central bank floated the currency as part of securing a $12 billion loan with the International Monetary Fund to support its reform program.

Egypt's foreign reserves registered $36.535 billion at the end of September 2017.

Around 9.4 million Egyptians live abroad, of a total Egyptian population of 104.2 million.

Egyptians working abroad send back billions of dollars a year in remittances, an important source of hard currency.

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