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Egypt to lift cap on dollar deposits in months: IMF

A U.S. five dollar note is seen in this illustration photo June 1, 2017.

A U.S. five dollar note is seen in this illustration photo June 1, 2017.

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CAIRO, June 18 (Reuters) - Egypt's central bank will remove restrictions on dollar deposits in the coming months, the International Monetary Fund's mission chief for Egypt, Chris Jarvis, told the country's Al-Borsa newspaper on Sunday.

The move will form part of a package of economic reforms Egypt has to implement to bring back foreign investment, in return for a $12 billion IMF lending programme.

In a long-awaited move, the central bank removed limits on international currency transfers last week, scrapping a $100,000 monthly limit on individual bank transactions.

"The central bank's policy also includes removing remaining restrictions, including limits on dollar deposits, which we understand will take place in the coming months," the financial newspaper quoted Jarvis as saying.

Egypt put in place strict controls on the movement of foreign currency after its 2011 political uprising, in an effort to limit the flight of capital.

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As part of the three-year IMF deal, Egypt is obliged to end those controls, which include a limit of $50,000 per month on deposits for importers of non-priority goods.



(Reporting by Ehab Farouk; writing by Arwa Gaballa; editing by Giles Elgood, Larry King) ((arwa.gaballa@thomsonreuters.com; +20 2 2578 3290;))

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