Image used for illustrative purpose. A bank employee counts stacks of Egyptian 5 pound and 50 piastre notes as he works at Bank Misr in downtown Cairo, Egypt. Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh Egypt’s balance of trade deficit shrank by 17.9 percent year-on-year (YoY) in January to $13.5 billion, according to the country’s statics agency. The exports declined by 8.4% to $2.5 billion in January, while imports fell by 13.9 percent to $5.65 billion, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) stated on Sunday. The trade balance deficit recorded a significant decrease of 17 percent in 2020 to $38.291 billion compared to the same period in 2019. Non-oil exports decreased one percent to $25.295 billion in 2020, while imports fell 12 percent to $63.587 billion. Egypt’s cabinet has recently approved a draft budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 with an expected 6.6 percent deficit. The 2021/22 draft budget, which targets a primary surplus of 1.5 percent, forecasts revenue of EGP1.3 trillion ($82.75...read more...