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Daily News Egypt: $7bn decrease in Egypt’s imports over 9-month period

Exports on the other hand increased by $1bn over nine months, says minister.
23.10.16 | Interesting article at Daily News Egypt

Eypt’s imports have declined by $7bn in the period from January to September, according to Minister of Trade and Industry Tarek Kabil.

Egypt’s exports, however, increased over the past 9 months, which contributed to decreasing trade deficit by $8bn. From January to September, Egyptian exports increased by $1bn compared to the same period last year, Kabil said.

The minister said that building materials, chemicals, fertiliser, food industries, and furniture were the sectors that achieved the highest increase in exports.

During his meeting with the heads of export councils, Kabil noted that the ministry is working on a new strategy to double exports over the next five years, in coordination and cooperation with various export sectors.

The meeting dealt with reviewing the export council plans, in light of each sector’s export achievements, as well as visualising the target plan for each council during the next phase.