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Egypt’s trade with Nile Basin countries jumps amid Ethiopia dam crisis

Cairo’s exports and imports with the region increased substantially in 2021, but they still represent a small portion of the total and growth remains uneven.
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry speaks during a press conference with his Sudanese and Ethiopian counterparts, on the sidelines of meetings to announce they had reached an agreement on the sharing of Nile waters and Ethiopia's dam project, Khartoum, Sudan, March 6, 2015.

CAIRO — In a further sign of growing regional integration, trade exchange between Egypt and the Nile Basin countries rose by 32.6% in 2021, according to the latest data released last month by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

The increase represents a strong recovery after the slight drop recorded in 2020 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and puts the countries back in their previous gradual upward trajectory.

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