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EGYPT A credit analysis Pieter Paul Lamers April 2002 Nyenrode University IMMBA 3 Introduction In this paper an overview will given of the background of Egypt as a nation In chapter 1 the history and political situation will be viewed In chapter 2 most attention will be paid to the economic situation Chapter 3 provides information on Geography and the people further information on communications transportation and the military will be provided in Appendixes Chapter 4 will focus on the effects of September 11th for Egypt and the Middle East 1 History and political situation 11 Background Factsheet POPULATION 653m 2001 POPULATION GROWTH 195 average 1997-2001 LAND AREA 1m sq km FISCAL YEAR Starts July 1st CURRENCY EGYPTIAN POUND EP EP396 US1 GDP at market exchange rate EP3361bn US85bn GDP GROWTH 46 average 199697-200001a 25 GDP PER HEAD at market exchange rate US1298 200001 US3540 200001 INFLATION 34 average 1997-2001 22 2001average Nominally independent from the UK in 1922 Egypt acquired full sovereignty following World War II The former name was United Arab Republic with Syria The completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1971 and the resultant Lake Nasser have altered the time-honored place of the Nile river in the agriculture and ecology of Egypt A rapidly growing population the largest in the Arab world limited arable land and dependence on the Nile all continue to overtax resources and stress society The government has struggled to ready the economy for the new millennium through economic reform and massive investment in communications and physical infrastructure In 1952 an army coup brought an end to monarchy in Egypt Under Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser Egypt pursued radical nationalist policies Under Anwar Sadat president from 1970 to 1981 Egypts political stance became more Western-leaning and its economic policies more liberal Sadats
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