Remittances from Egyptians at $5 bln in three months after currency float -c.bank

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A bank employee counts stacks of Egyptian 5 pound and 50 piastre notes as he works at Bank Misr in downtown Cairo, Egypt, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - RTSGPW9
A bank employee counts stacks of Egyptian 5 pound and 50 piastre notes as he works at Bank Misr in downtown Cairo, Egypt, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh – RTSGPW9
 
Remittances from Egyptians abroad increased by 20 percent year-on-year in the three months following the country’s November currency float, totalling about $5 billion, a central bank statement said on Monday.

Remittances for the month of January were up 23 percent year-on-year, reaching $1.6 billion, the statement said.
 

The central bank floated the Egyptian pound on Nov. 3, aiming to unlock foreign currency inflows and crush a black market for dollars that had discouraged people from channelling foreign currency through the banking system.
 
By Reuters