Egypt has signed a $1 billion loan agreement with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corp. to help pay for the country’s energy and food imports.
The country risks a balance of payments crisis and has struggled to secure promised aid from wary donors who pledged support before Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. Recent difficulty obtaining money for fuel created shipping delays and disrupted supply chains for farming and other industries, according to Middle East news outlet Al Bawaba. Further, more than $2 billion in debt incurred since the Arab Spring is due for repayment in the next few months.
To get the economy back on track, newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is expected to approach the International Monetary Fund and other development banks once his cabinet is in place, according to Reuters.
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