Capital Markets

Egypt Capital Markets

The year 2016 was a difficult one for exchanges across the MENA region, due in large part to persistently low oil prices and political unrest. Egypt’s main index reflected the regional malaise for the first half of 2016, with a currency crisis and seemingly intractable fiscal deficit impacting investor confidence. By the second half of the year, however, the index was climbing once again as negotiations regarding an IMF lending programme were nearing a successful conclusion. While significant challenges remain, not least the direction of Egypt’s economy over the coming years, the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) and its regulator continue to develop one of the region’s most important exchanges. While the ability of the EGX to attract both new listings and investors is tied to the wider question of Egypt’s macroeconomic performance and the vicissitudes of global politics, the exchange is well positioned to grow should circumstances allow.

This chapter contains interviews with Sherif Samy, Chairman, Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority; Hussein Choucri, Chairman and Managing Director, HC Securities & Investment; and Omar El Maghawry, CEO, FEP Capital.