Egypt’s economic, structural reforms were helpful to counter Covid-19 crisis: Minister

Doaa A.Moneim , Sunday 17 May 2020

Egypt's economic reform programme has helped the country in countering the current coronavirus crisis, and in providing required support for affected sectors, Hala El-Said said

Hala El-Saeed
A file photo of Egypt's Minister of Planning Hala El-Saeed (Photo:Al-Ahram)

Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said said Sunday that Egypt has taken advantage amid the Covid-19 crisis of the success of its economic reform programme, adopted since November 2016, alongside structural reforms that have been implemented.

The positive reform drive has resulted in a growth rate of 5.6 percent, a decrease of the unemployment rate to eight percent, and a decline in inflation to around five percent, in addition to diversification of Egypt’s economy, El-Said said. 
In comments made while attending the first meeting of Kemet Boutros Ghali Foundation’s advisory board, El-Said added that globally between 25 and 30 million jobs are expected to be lost because of the pandemic crisis and global trade will witness a sharp decline alongside general economic contraction.
El-Said added that international institutions expect Egypt to be among a small number of countries that will witness positive growth rates at around two percent while the global economy is projected to experience a decline in growth rates by seven percent.
Meanwhile, Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram said that procedures have been enacted over the past few days for repatriating 16,000 Egyptians stranded amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kemet Boutros Ghali Foundation for Peace and Knowledge (KBG) was established in 2018 by a group of prominent cultural and diplomatic figures.
KBG seeks to build on the legacy of Dr Boutros Boutros Ghali (1922-2016), aiming to continue and promote his core beliefs of dialogue, free access to information as well as peace and knowledge, with an emphasis on Egyptian heritage and how it is reflected in Egypt's present strategic importance in the heart of the region and in the world at large.
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