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Education financing solutions surface as academic year approaches

By WaleedAbd El-Azeem This year Ramadan coincided with academic preparations for the new semester, as students apply for private universities and schools. Banks are trying to seize the opportunity by offering financing solutions for tuition. The United Bank is at the top if the list of banks offering education loans, with an upper limit of …

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Housing and Development Bank to invest EGP $900m in Helwan project

By Nasser Youssef The Housing and Development Bank (HDB) plans on building  a moderately-priced, middle-class housing project in Helwan over 27 acres recently acquired from the government. An official at the bank stated that the project comprises of 2000 residential units to be completed within the coming two to three years. The estimated cost of …

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Government attracts funding originally allocated for SMEs

By Nasser Youssef The government’s expansion of high interest bonds and treasury bills led to a decrease in financing for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), the support of which the state claimed to be the primary goal of the post revolution government. The state resorted to the banking system in order to close the …

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Geithner visit to Germany sparks euro hopes

Brelin (AFP) — The top US finance official began meetings with his German counterpart and the head of the European Central Bank Monday, fuelling hopes Europe is readying decisive action to save the crisis-wracked eurozone. US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner met Wolfgang Schaeuble on a holiday island off the north German coast amid pressure on …

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IT idea incubator targets launching 20 companies annually

By Mohamed Alaa El-Din   Flat6Labs has marketed five companies from among 12 that graduated from the last two rounds of its investment programs. Investments in the five companies equalled EGP 5 million. Ramez Mohamed, CEO of Flat6Labs, said that the company hopes to develop 20 information technology (IT) companies on a yearly basis, with …

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The Egyptian stock Exchange witness first signs of recovery since the beginning of Ramadan (DNE PHOTO)

EGX30 jumps nearly100 points

By Fatheya El-Garhy The market has reacted positively to the decision to delay the ruling on the legality of the Constituent Assembly. Buying power increased in the market leading to an increase in the value of trading. The Egyptian Exchange (EGX)’s main index, the EGX30, rose 2.03% to close at 4,862.5 points. The EGX70 index …

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the customs authority plans to impose stricter oversight on Chinese imports (AP PHOTO)

Customs to impose stricter oversight on maritime ports

By Islam Zayed The Egyptian Customs Authority (ECA) recently scrutinised the status of 740 Chinese companies. The authority had issued a decision banning the companies’ products from entering Egypt because of numerous violations, including disregarding the standards of the Minister of Industry and Trade and presenting forged customs documents. An official within the ECA said …

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Israel to vote on sweeping austerity measures

(AFP) – Ministers in Israel’s cabinet were on Monday preparing to vote on a package of sweeping economic austerity measures in a bid to cut the budget deficit, in a move expected to hit the underprivileged hard. Central to the plan is a hike in income tax and VAT, as well as a 700 million …

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Real estate companies on involuntary Ramadan hiatus

By Hamada Ismail With Ramadan falling during the summer this year, real estate companies are on hiatus, reorganising their plans and evaluating their accomplishments. Before Ramadan, 5 real estate expos were held, extending over 24 days. However, results disappointed companies and didn’t satisfy participants, given decreased client participation and weakened sales. Sales were expected to …

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Luxury goods buck economic slowdown

Paris (AFP) — Fuelled by surging demand in China, luxury goods makers are bucking the global economic slowdown and reaping huge profits on sales of high-end handbags, expensive jewellery and posh perfumes. Results for the first-half of 2012 released this week showed major brands, including world leaders LVMH, PPR and Luxottica with rising profits driven …

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BP hit with $3.1bn Russian court bill

Moscow (AFP) — A Siberian court on Friday piled more legal pressure on BP by ordering the British group to pay $3.1 billion in damages for its attempted Arctic oil exploration tie-up with the state giant Rosneft. A BP attorney immediately denounced the decision as a “corporate attack” that demonstrated the court’s subservience to the …

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Summer Ramadan yields adverse impact on banks

By Asmaa Nabil With the arrival of Ramadan during the summer, several bank divisions are expected to suffer from a period stagnation, in contrast to the usual stability of this time of year. Banks traditionally see an increase in demand for credit that coincides with Egyptians returning from abroad. In addition, banks often reduce their …

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Real estate companies adapt as Ramadan falls in their highest season

By Hamada Ismail Real estate companies extended their promotional offers to include the month of Ramadan in an attempt to support the relative growth the sector has experienced during the last several months. The offers included extended financing periods, lowered down payments, discounts for up-front payments, and gifts such as furniture. Traders in the sector …

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Stock market performance surpasses analysts’ Ramadan forecast

By Fatheya Al-Garhy The Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX) closed after the first session of Ramadan with prices maintaining relative stability, the opposite of what most analysts expected. Observers predicted that the EGX’s indices would experience sharp declines in the value of trading with the start of the holy month. The shares of Orascom Telecom Media and …

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FJP takes a shot at fixing slums

By Mohamed Darwish Solving the problem of slums located all over Cairo is part of President Mohamed Morsy’s first-100-days presidential programme. He has stressed that housing is among the fundamental rights of Egyptians and that the state must remove obstacles to guaranteeing housing for every citizen. Dr Abolfotouh Shanan, a professor of planning and one …

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