World Bulletin/News Desk
Electricity Minister Ahmed Imam on Wednesday said that the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) had agreed to help finance three major electricity projects in Egypt.
Speaking by phone, the minister told Anadolu Agency that the OFID had agreed in principle to contribute to the funding of the three projects and would formally sign the deal in October.
The minister did not provide details about the size of the fund's expected contributions.
Established by OPEC member states in 1976, OFID is a joint initiative devoted to providing aid to developing countries.
In recent months, Egypt has suffered numerous electricity cuts due to high summertime energy consumption and shortages of the fuel needed to run the country's power plants.
The Egyptian government is currently looking into means of reducing a widening electricity production deficit, which officials put at between 2,000 and 2,500 megawatts daily.
Adding to the upward pressure for oil is the crisis in the Middle East, where a Saudi-led blockade of Qatar has fuelled concerns of possible conflict.
Bourses in both Paris and Frankfurt dipped after a report from data monitoring company IHS Markit showed Eurozone private sector business activity slowed sharply in June while staying in expansion mode.
Analysts said that while the downturn in the headline readings was disappointing, the economy continued to put in a strong performance.
Crude prices stabilised after diving more than two percent on Tuesday on increasing fears of a global supply glut, as continued production in the US and elsewhere offsets an OPEC output cut deal.
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"The Bank of Russia Board of Directors decided to cut the key rate to 9.00 percent per annum," the bank said in a statement. The cut follows a half-point decrease in late April.
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In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 index climbed 0.4 percent to 12,746.05 points, and the Paris CAC 40 gained 0.5 percent to 5,243.53 compared with the close on Thursday.
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