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Egypt Economy Profile 2016

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Economy - overviewOccupying the northeast corner of the African continent, Egypt is bisected by the highly fertile Nile valley, where most economic activity takes place. Egypt's economy was highly centralized during the rule of former President Gamal Abdel NASSER but opened up considerably under former Presidents Anwar EL-SADAT and Mohamed Hosni MUBARAK.

Cairo from 2004 to 2008 pursued business climate reforms to attract foreign investment and facilitate growth. Poor living conditions and limited job opportunities for the average Egyptian contribute to public discontent, a major factor leading to the January 2011 revolution that ousted MUBARAK. The uncertain political, security, and policy environment since 2011 caused economic growth to slow significantly, hurting tourism, manufacturing, and other sectors and pushing up unemployment.

Weak growth and limited foreign exchange earnings have made public finances unsustainable, leaving authorities dependent on expensive borrowing for deficit finance and on Gulf allies to help cover the import bill. In 2015, higher levels of foreign investment contributed to a slight rebound in GDP growth after a particularly depressed post-revolution period.
GDP (purchasing power parity)$1.048 trillion (2015 est.)
$1.006 trillion (2014 est.)
$984 billion (2013 est.)
note: data are in 2015 US dollars
GDP (official exchange rate)$330.8 billion (2015 est.)
GDP - real growth rate4.2% (2015 est.)
2.2% (2014 est.)
2.1% (2013 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$11,800 (2015 est.)
$11,600 (2014 est.)
$11,600 (2013 est.)
note: data are in 2015 US dollars
Gross national saving10.9% of GDP (2015 est.)
13% of GDP (2014 est.)
12.1% of GDP (2013 est.)
GDP - composition, by end usehousehold consumption: 80.8%
government consumption: 11.7%
investment in fixed capital: 12.1%
investment in inventories: 0.5%
exports of goods and services: 14%
imports of goods and services: -19.1% (2015 est.)
GDP - composition by sectoragriculture: 14.3%
industry: 39.6%
services: 46.1% (2015 est.)
Population below poverty line25.2% (2011 est.)
Labor force28.87 million (2015 est.)
Labor force - by occupationagriculture: 29.2%
industry: 23.5%
services: 47.3% (2013 est.)
Unemployment rate12.8% (2015 est.)
13% (2014 est.)
Unemployment, youth ages 15-24total: 34.3%
male: 28.7%
female: 52.2% (2013 est.)
Household income or consumption by percentage sharelowest 10%: 4%
highest 10%: 26.6% (2008)
Distribution of family income - Gini index30.8 (2008)
32.1 (2005)
Budgetrevenues: $76.61 billion
expenditures: $111.5 billion (2015 est.)
Taxes and other revenues26.7% of GDP (2015 est.)
Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-)-12.2% of GDP (2015 est.)
Public debt91.7% of GDP (2015 est.)
93.7% of GDP (2014 est.)
note: data cover central government debt and include debt instruments issued (or owned) by government entities other than the treasury, treasury debt held by foreign entities, debt issued by subnational entities, as well as intra-governmental debt; intra-governmental debt consists of treasury borrowings from surpluses in the social funds, such as for retirement, medical care, and unemployment; debt instruments for the social funds are sold at public auctions
Inflation rate (consumer prices)11% (2015 est.)
10.1% (2014 est.)
Central bank discount rate9.75% (30 October 2014)
8.75% (5 December 2013)
Commercial bank prime lending rate11.7% (31 December 2015 est.)
11.71% (31 December 2014 est.)
Stock of narrow money$66.67 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
$62.34 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
Stock of broad money$245.5 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
$224.7 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
Stock of domestic credit$271 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
$259.3 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
Market value of publicly traded shares$73.04 billion (30 November 2014 est.)
$58.01 billion (31 December 2012)
$48.68 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
Agriculture - productscotton, rice, corn, wheat, beans, fruits, vegetables; cattle, water buffalo, sheep, goats
Industriestextiles, food processing, tourism, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, hydrocarbons, construction, cement, metals, light manufactures
Industrial production growth rate3.3% (2015 est.)
Current Account Balance-$12.18 billion (2015 est.)
-$2.356 billion (2014 est.)
Exports$20.88 billion (2015 est.)
$26.15 billion (2014 est.)
Exports - commoditiescrude oil and petroleum products, fruits and vegetables, cotton, textiles, metal products, chemicals, processed food
Exports - partnersSaudi Arabia 9.1%, Italy 7.5%, Turkey 5.8%, UAE 5.1%, US 5.1%, UK 4.4%, India 4.1% (2015)
Imports$57.91 billion (2015 est.)
$70.46 billion (2014 est.)
Imports - commoditiesmachinery and equipment, foodstuffs, chemicals, wood products, fuels
Imports - partnersChina 13%, Germany 7.7%, US 5.9%, Turkey 4.5%, Russia 4.4%, Italy 4.4%, Saudi Arabia 4.1% (2015)
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold$17.05 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
$14.45 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
Debt - external$41.32 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
$45.75 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
Stock of direct foreign investment - at home$89.65 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
$84.39 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad$7.362 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
$6.839 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
Exchange ratesEgyptian pounds (EGP) per US dollar -
7.72 (2015 est.)
7.08 (2014 est.)
7.08 (2013 est.)
6.06 (2012 est.)
5.9358 (2011 est.)
Fiscal year1 July - 30 June

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on October 8, 2016

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