Egypt’s Universal Health Insurance System

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Amgad Hamdi Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/egypts-universal-health-insurance-system/ The universal health insurance system in Egypt is one of the most important projects that Egyptians have dreamed of, particularly during the past few decades. However, politicians have always used the project to make temporary gains by frequently...

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The Challenges Facing Egypt’s Female Migrant Workers

Source: The Washington Institute Author(s): Eman Elwarakky Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/the-challenges-facing-egypts-female-migrant-workers Safiya, 30, wakes up to the sound of her mother yelling, “Get up now or the car will leave without you.” A new morning brings with it the same misery: Safiya is one of thousands of migrant workers in rural...

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Devaluation: Is it Contractionary or Expansionary to Economic Sectors? The Case of Egypt

Source: Economic Research Forum Author(s): Nada Shokry and Mohamed Bouaddi Original Link: http://erf.org.eg/publications/devaluation-is-it-contractionary-or-expansionary-to-economic-sectors-the-case-of-egypt-2/   This paper investigates the effect of changes in exchange rate on sectoral GDP in Egypt in the period between 1982 and 2014. For this purpose, the study uses a MIDAS regression...

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Sisi Builds a Green Zone for Egypt

Source: Carnegie Endowment For International Peace Author(s): Michele Dunne Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/2018/11/27/sisi-builds-green-zone-for-egypt-pub-77803 Egypt’s new administrative capital, currently under construction—and tentatively named Wedian, which means “desert valleys”— represents concretely where President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been trying to take his country...

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Egypt’s offshore energy finds

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/publications/monday-briefing-russians-launch-air-strikes-after-alleged-gas-attack The discovery of the Zohr offshore gas field in the Mediterranean in 2015, by the Italian energy company Eni, heralded some very good, and much needed, news for Egypt. At an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet, it is the...

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2 years after the loan agreement: What the IMF failed to anticipate

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Beesan Kassab Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2018/11/22/feature/economy/2-years-after-the-loan-agreement-what-the-imf-failed-to-anticipate/   On November 11, 2016, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Egyptian government finalized a US$12 billion loan agreement tied to an economic reform plan that included a series of austerity measures and the...

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Looking for the root causes of the potato crisis

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Hadeer El-Mahdawy and Nada Arafat Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2018/11/22/feature/economy/looking-for-the-root-causes-of-the-potato-crisis/ Approach a vegetable vendor in Cairo in recent months looking for potatoes, and you’ll likely be in for a surprise. For one kilogram of potatoes, a staple food item for many Egyptians, you might pay as much as LE14...

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US midterm elections: Bad news for Sisi?

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Sharif Abdel Kouddous Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2018/11/15/feature/politics/us-midterm-elections-bad-news-for-sisi/ The Democratic Party chalked up victories across the United States in the midterm elections on November 6, gaining control of the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years. The Democrats needed to gain 23 seats to seize...

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Egypt’s Options in the Development of the Ethiopian Dam

Source: Atlantic Council Author(s): Hafsa Halawa Original Link: http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/egypt-s-options-in-the-development-of-the-ethiopian-dam For decades, Egypt focused primarily on its foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa, and in the process neglected its Horn of Africa policy. Meanwhile, Ethiopia began construction on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance...

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Social insurance reforms in Egypt; needed, belated, flopped

Source: German Development Institute Author(s): Markus Loewe / Lars Westemeier Original Link: https://www.die-gdi.de/en/others-publications/article/social-insurance-reforms-in-egypt-needed-belated-flopped/ Most governments in the Middle East and North Africa spend considerable shares of GDP on their social insurance and transfer schemes but these perform poorly in terms of efficiency, equity...

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Who’s buying Israeli gas? A company owned by the General Intelligence Service

Source: Madamasr Author(s):  Hossam Bahgat Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2018/10/23/feature/politics/whos-buying-israeli-gas-a-company-owned-by-the-general-intelligence-service/ When news broke in February that an Egyptian firm named Dolphinus Holdingshad signed a US$15 billion deal to purchase Israeli natural gas for supply to Egypt, the Egyptian government refused to comment...

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Structural transformation in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia

Source: Economic Research Forum Author(s): Rim Mouelhi and Monia Ghazali Original Link: https://theforum.erf.org.eg/2018/10/22/structural-transformation-egypt-morocco-tunisia/ Despite considerable economic progress before 1990, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia all experienced ‘premature deindustrialisation’ and unfinished structural transformation. This column looks back at structural change in...

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