Egypt launches Golden License portal: How to apply?

Ahram Online , Monday 27 Nov 2023

Egypt’s General Authority for Investments and Free Zone (GAFI) announced launching the first phase of the single-window approval “Golden License” online portal in English and Arabic, according to a cabinet statement on Monday.

GAFI officials during the portal launch. Cabinet.
GAFI officials during the portal launch. Cabinet.


The Golden License allows investors to acquire or lease land and operate enterprises on it, without the need for additional government approvals.

Following are the steps of application.

First: Visit the portal at

Second: Register through your e-mail.

Third: Verify your account through an activation code sent via e-mail.

Fourth: Check the required documents and paperwork and submit an application.

The application will be studied by the Golden License Unit at GAFI, and the investor will be notified of its decision via e-mail, said GAFI’s CEO Hossam Heiba during a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and a group of the authority’s top officials.

Accepted applications will be sent to competent authorities to be implemented, Heiba added.

The Golden Licenses, also known as "single approval licenses," were introduced as part of the 2017 investment law and were activated in September 2022.

Since the beginning of 2023, Egypt has taken serious steps towards promoting and attracting investment, including slashing the paperwork required for new companies to start operations by 62 percent.

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