EconSource: Jordan, US Sign $3 Billion Aid Program
The Jordanian government signed , during a visit of King Abdullah II to Washington, a memorandum of understanding with the United States government. In the memorandum the US offers, within its annual support program to the Jordan, aid worth $1 billion annually in economic, developmental and military fields. The previous US aid package amounted to $600 million annually.

[Zawya, 2/4/2015]

Egypt’s foreign reserves rise to $15.43 billion

According to the Egyptian central bank,  Egypt’s foreign currency reserves rose to $15.43 billion at the end of January from $15.33 billion the previous month. In November, Egypt repaid to Qatar a $2.5 billion central bank deposit received under Morsi, which some traders had warned could have an impact on reserve levels. [Reuters, 2/5/2015]

Fuel smuggling in Libya costs LD200-400 million per month

The Tripoli oil ministry has provided an estimate on the cost of fuel smuggling, and also says it is disrupting fuel supplies to petrol stations and exacerbating shortages. The ministry said that between one to two million litres of fuel were being smuggled out of Libya daily, costing the state between LD200 million ($160m) to LD400 million ($320m) each month. Libyan officials have long spoken of reducing subsidies on fuel, which drive down the market price and ensure smugglers can profit from selling to neighbouring countries. [Libya Monitor, 2/5/2015]

Also of interest:
Egypt-Algeria trade balance achieves its first surplus in ten years | Zawya
Egypt’s market at highest in 6 ½ years on pound devaluation | Ahram Online
Tunisia’s trade deficit hits record low | African Manager
Libya starts dipping into wheat reserves to overcome flour shortages | Reuters
Morocco urged to invest in youth | Magharebia