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Egypt waters down stock market tax after bourse drops sharply
Egypt has watered down a tax on stock market gains it announced last week as part of efforts to trim a high budget deficit, after the country’s bourse recorded its biggest daily drop in almost a year on Sunday. [Reuters, Ahram].
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are thought to be readying a financial aid package of $20 billion to boost Egypt’s economy and support the incoming government of ex-Field a-Sisi. The oil-rich Middle East powerhouse Arab nations have already held preliminary talks with authorities in Cairo to discuss how the line of funding will be structured. [The TelegraphAl-Monitor]
Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour issued a decree on Sunday giving state employees a 10 percent raise on basic salaries as of June 30, 2014. Egypt’s sprawling public sector compromises close to 7 million employees. [Ahram]
The king of Morocco, Mohammed VI, and the interim president of Tunisia, Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, have signed this Friday in Tunis 23 cooperation agreements between the two countries, particularly in the sectors of finance and banking services. [TAP]

The Minister of Social Affairs, Ahmed Ammar Youmbai, announced on Sunday a minimum wage increase of 11 percent for 900,000 private sector employees. The increase will cost about TND 100 billion. [L’eonomiste Magharrbin, French]
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