Egypt's BoP deficit hit $3.7 billion in Jul-Sept 2015: CBE

Ahram Online , Wednesday 30 Dec 2015

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Egypt’s current account deficit rose by 150 percent from July to September compared to the same period last yeat to register $4 billion driving up the shortage of the country’s Balance of Payment (BoP) to hit $3.7 billion from a previous surplus, Central Bank said in a statement on website on Wednesday.

The trade deficit was unchanged from the same period of the previous year, standing at $10 billion during the first quarter of the 2015/16 fiscal year due to more than 50 percent drop in oil price globally, which brought down the cost of petroleum imports (crude and products) by $1.2 billion, the CBE said.

The services surplus narrowed by 22.6 percent during the period to record $1.7 billion, affected by a slowdown in the tourism sector.

"This figure is largely traced to the fall in services and income receipts, especially tourism revenues which fell by 17.5%, to register US$ 1.7 billion (against US$ 2.1 billion) on account of the 9.1% drop in the number of tourist nights, from 26.1 million to 23.7 million nights," said the Bank.

Net official transfers (commodity and cash) plunged from $1.5 billion to $21.9 million.

The capital and financial account registered net inflows of $1.5 billion versus $387 million.

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