IMF Urges Egypt to Watch Inflation After New Subsidy Cuts

Bloomberg , Jul 3, 2018
by Tarek El-Tablawy

The International Monetary Fund urged Egypt to maintain a tight monetary policy as a new round of subsidy cuts rekindled inflation worries.

The Washington-based lender praised Egypt’s implementation of economic reforms as “instrumental in achieving macroeconomic stabilization, with external and fiscal deficits narrowing, inflation and unemployment declining, and growth accelerating.”

At the same time, the central bank “should retain its restrictive stance to counter second-round effects of fuel and electricity price increases,” the IMF added in a statement following its latest review of the country’s reform program.

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