Politics Affect Exports in Egypt - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Politics Affect Exports in Egypt

Nora Aboushady and Chahir Zaki

March, 2018


6 pages

F1. Trade

In a nutshell

  • Investment-related regulations are a major determinant of the firm’s decision to expand its activities and enter the exports market.
  • Despite recent reforms of investment related laws and regulations, exports continue to drop.
  • Exporters in Egypt face a number of constraints varying between political instability, unequal competition from state owned firms, and complicated business-related procedures.
  • Political stability and political leverage of state-owned firms are both the main obstacles hindering exports in the private sector.
  • Serious implementation of reforms, ensuring competition and transparency in the market are indispensable to support exporters in line with the 2030 Strategy.
Research Associates

Nora Aboushady

Assistant Professor, Economics Department, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University

Research Fellows

Chahir Zaki

Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the French section, Cairo University



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