Egypt plans to raise as much as $1 billion by June from the sale of its first Islamic bonds as the government anticipates a return to political stabil (more)
Egypt plans to raise as much as $1 billion by June from the sale of its first Islamic bonds as the government anticipates a return to political stability will soften the blow of five credit rating cuts.
The cabinet has completed a draft law to allow sukuk sales, incorporating revisions by the ruling Freedom and Justice Party and Shariah scholar Hussein Hamed Hassan, said Ahmed El-Naggar, adviser to Finance Minister El-Morsi El-Sayyed Hegazi. Officials have compiled a list of about 25 projects that could be used as assets to back future sales, El-Naggar said in a phone interview on Feb. 21 from Cairo.
"The international market is waiting for Egypt's sukuk sale," said El-Naggar, an FJP official who became a ministerial adviser after the ouster of Finance Minister Momtaz El-Saieed in a cabinet reshuffle last month. "I hope to start with two sales, one for domestic investors and one abroad."
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