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Can Sisi's new investment council save Egypt's economy?

While some have praised Cairo's decision to form a Supreme Council for Investment to be overseen by the president himself, others say that Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's personal involvement only demonstrates institutional incompetence.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) attends a meeting with Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail (2nd R) and members of the government's Economic Ministerial Committee to discuss future economic indicators and figures of the general budget and the results of the talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt July 27, 2016 in this handout picture courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency. The Egyptian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS -
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While recent talk of a $12 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund has boosted spirits in Egypt’s economic circles and increased prospects for more investment, attracting foreign capital will require concerted efforts and reform. In this regard, last month Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a decree to establish a Supreme Council for Investment. According to the July 3 decree, the council will specialize in supervising the state’s investment policies in all sectors and provinces and will be under the direct supervision of his presidency.

Investment Minister Dalia Khorshid said that once the council is established, it will meet at least once every two months and sessions will be headed by Sisi himself. Khorshid also noted that the council will assure all Egyptians and foreign investors that the investment system will witness a qualitative leap in the upcoming stage.

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