CAIRO, April 19 (Reuters) - Egypt is to increase the maximum amount of dollar bonds it can issue on international markets to $7 billion, a cabinet statement said.
The present $5 billion cap will be lifted by up to $2 billion, the statement said.
It said the Ministry of Finance was seeking to obtain additional financing in the face of a rise in interest rates on the domestic market and to increase U.S. dollar reserves held by the central bank.
Egypt has been seeking a variety of funding sources, from development loans to foreign grants and aid, to plug its financing needs as it struggles with an acute dollar shortage that has hampered its ability to import.
(Reporting by Ali Abdelatti; Writing by Giles Elgood; Editing by Alison Williams) ((firstname.lastname@example.org))
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