Egypt will reduce jet fuel prices by 15 cents per gallon from January 21 until the end of 2021 to support the tourism and aviation sectors amid challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision came during the fourth meeting between Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani, and Minister of Civil Aviation Mohamed Manar to discuss ways to boost the affected sectors.
For his part, Anani hailed the initiative, saying it will boost tourism in Egypt by motivating international companies to increase their flights.
Also, Manar praised the petroleum sector’s effort and support in providing fuel to all Egypt’s airports.
In a related context, Egypt and the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) signed a finance cooperation program for 2021, providing the country with integrated financing solutions worth $1.1 billion.
The funds come as part of the $3 billion agreement concluded between the Ministry of International Cooperation and the ITFC in 2018.
The signing ceremony was attended by Minister of Planning and Economic Development and Egypt’s Governor at the Islamic Development Bank Group Hala El-Said, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla, Minister of Supply and Internal Trade Aly Meselhi, Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat, and Minister of Trade and Industry Nevine Gamea.
The program was signed by ITFC CEO Hani Salem Sonbol, Executive Vice President of the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) Ashraf Abdullah, and Vice-Chairperson of the General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC) Ahmed Youssef.
According to Molla, the five agreements have a total value of $9.2 billion, including the fifth framework agreement signed at the end of January 2018 at a value of $3 billion. For the financing of basic commodities, 16 financing operations amounting to $2.225 billion were approved within the agreement’s framework.