Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Egypt devaluation nearly doubles fuel subsidy bill to 78 bln pounds in first nine months - REUTERS AFRICA

Wed May 3, 2017 8:12am GMTReporting by Abdel Rahman Adel,; Writing by Lin Noueihed; Editing by Giles Elgood

CAIRO May 3 (Reuters) - Egypt's government spent 78 billion Egyptian pounds ($4.32 billion) on fuel subsidies in the first nine months of the 2016-17 fiscal year, up from 41 billion in the same period of the previous year, Oil Minister Tarek al-Molla told Reuters.

The cost of fuel imports has soared since Egypt floated its pound currency in November, allowing it to halve in value against the dollar within weeks.

Egypt plans to gradually reduce fuel and power subsidies as part of reforms aimed at slashing the budget deficit.
$1 = 18.0600 Egyptian pounds