Egypt should encourage and lure more foreign investments to boost the economy with attractive financial and economic policies, an economist told a symposium held in Cairo.
Mohamed Taymour, who is the vice chairman of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES), warned that Egypt imports 65-70 percent of its foodstuffs.
He was commenting on the 2015-16 Global Competitiveness Report released by the omic FWorld Econorum.
Egypt ranks 116 among countries on the competitiveness scale of the report, compared to 119 in 2014.
There is a minor advance in the Egyptian ranking, said Taymour, citing a deficit of $12 billion in the Egyptian balance of payments.
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