n Africa Conflict Monitor - ACM country in focus : Egypt - back pages - country profile

Volume 2018 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2311-6943


Until recently Africa’s largest economy, and still in competition for the position with Nigeria and South Africa, Egypt has become an increasingly totalitarian nation politically. While ISIS and Islamic fundamentalist terror groups pose a legitimate threat, repressive tactics on political opponents and legitimate pressure groups are on the rise. Egypt has made economic progress since the 2011 revolution overthrew the genuine dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak, but low GDP growth rate and heavy government borrowing from Gulf State allies are negative economic trends. A strategic ally for the West, with a large educated and healthy population, providing a market for domestic and foreign goods, Egypt possesses the key to the Suez Canal waterway; and a healthy comeback of growth in critical sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing. International visitors are drawn by Egypt’s antiquities which still make the country Africa’s primary tourism destination.

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