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The economic downturn resulting from lower global commodity prices and the completion of the PNG LNG project means the future of Papua New Guinea must be navigated with care. The country possesses plentiful natural resources, which, given effective management, could provide new revenue to spur diversification, as well as sustainable and equitable growth in all provinces.


In what ways have the recent economic reforms isolated Egypt from global market trends and volatility?


The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) is one of the oldest stock markets in the Middle East and can be traced back to 1883. It covers the main market, an over-the-counter market and the Nile Stock Exchange (Nilex), the last of which is a market for small and medium-sized enterprises. As of April 2020 there were 218 companies listed on the main market,...


Egypt’s capital market has been noticeably attracting foreign inflows since the floatation of the Egyptian pound in November 2016, which was part of the country’s economic reform programme agreement signed with the IMF under the $12bn extended fund facility. The currency devaluation was followed by 700 basis-point interest rate hikes, taking...


How would you evaluate the capacity of Egypt’s banks to lead the country’s post-Covid-19 recovery?


The first cryptocurrency transaction in history was feted in just two words: “Running Bitcoin”. This came in the form of a tweet on January 11, 2009 by Hal Finney, a US software developer. Some 10 years and over 1600 initial coin offerings later, the world of crypto-, virtual and other digital currencies looks to have provoked an active...

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