Egypt to receive $2 bn loan from Libya: Finance ministry source
Libya will extend $2 billion interest-free loan to Egypt in effort to bolster latter's waning foreign-currency reserves, according to source at Egyptian foreign ministry
Ahram Online, Thursday 11 Apr 2013
Egypt will receive a $2 billion loan from the Libyan government after signing an accord on Wednesday evening aimed at boosting the national economy and bolstering Egypt's falling foreign-currency reserves, which currently stand at $13.4 billion, a finance ministry source has told Ahram Online.
Egypt will pay back the interest-free loan over five years with an additional three-year grace period, according to the source who preferred anonymity.
The loan is expected to be delivered next week, coinciding with a recent Qatari pledge for $3 billion in financial aid to Egypt, official news agency MENA reported on Wednesday.
On the same day, a Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) source told Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website that Egypt planned to sell Qatar dollar-denominated treasury bonds worth a total of $3 billion. Egypt will pay back the debt to Qatar at interest rates ranging between 3 and 4 percent.
Last month, Libya's General National Congress denied reports that the CBE would receive a $2 billion deposit from the Libyan government, news of which had followed the arrest in Cairo of three former Libyan officials linked to the Muammar Gaddafi regime.