By Reuters: Egypt is planning to build solar and wind power plants in the next three years with a combined capacity of 4,300 MW, said a report. Egypt's economy is showing signs of picking up after being damaged by political turmoil in recent years, with difficulties accessing hard currency and energy shortages among other problems, and has begun economic reforms under President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.
The government hopes an investment conference later this month will attract billions of dollars of foreign money to help develop the economy. Egyptian investment bank EFG Hermes said it was studying investments in renewable energy and hopes to start a leasing business in its home country within months as it looks to take advantage of improving economic sentiment.
"We hope to launch a leasing business during the first half of 2015, subject to regulatory approvals, as the opening move in a number of new expansion projects for the bank, which could lead to extending its business into sub-Saharan Africa in time," remarked chief executive Karim Awad.
"We want to expand (our private equity) business and we're looking very actively into Egypt today and the renewable sector," Awad told Reuters on the sidelines of a media event hosted by the bank. EFG, he stated, was expecting to play a key role in both attracting cash and putting its own money to work.
The Egyptian bank also wants to expand its operations, which include brokerage, asset management and advisory services, in the Gulf region and consolidate its leading position in its home market. This includes listing companies on the Egyptian bourse, where it is currently advising Orascom Construction on its spin-off and dual-listing in Egypt and Dubai (UAE) and Emaar Misr, the Egyptian arm of Dubai developer Emaar Properties.
"It's an extremely positive sign," said Awad of the new listings. He declined to say how many deals the bank was working on but indicated all were in interesting sectors including food and beverages.