CAIRO — Despite people’s concerns over the digitization of payments, Egyptian Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait affirmed April 16 that the Egyptian government is to implement the E-Payments Act as of May 2019. Maait made his statement during a meeting that grouped ministers of finance and central bank governors from across the Middle East-North Africa region. The managing director and chairwoman of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, also attended the meeting, which was part of the 2019 Annual and Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, held from April 8-14 in Washington, DC.
In addition to leaders of the IMF and the World Bank, the yearly Spring Meetings are held between governors of central banks and ministers of finance from all over the world, as well as many economic experts. The meetings discuss the main economic challenges facing the world, including poverty, development and the effects of the funds offered by both the IMF and World Bank.