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|14 December, 2016

Floating Egyptian pound decision to raise auto manufacturing cost, claims Nissan

Major challenges facing Egyptian automotive sector are government's decision to float Egyptian pound in addition to the drop in buying rates

Image used for illustrative purpose. A Nissan Leaf electric car (L) and a high-performance GT-R (R) are seen at Darcars Nissan in Rockville, Maryland June 3, 2013. Strong pickup truck sales, spurred by an improving housing market, boosted May U.S. auto sales after a disappointing April, early results from major automakers showed on Monday, with Nissan U.S. sales having a twenty-five percent increase in May sales according to CBS News. Reuters/Gary Cameron

Image used for illustrative purpose. A Nissan Leaf electric car (L) and a high-performance GT-R (R) are seen at Darcars Nissan in Rockville, Maryland June 3, 2013. Strong pickup truck sales, spurred by an improving housing market, boosted May U.S. auto sales after a disappointing April, early results from major automakers showed on Monday, with Nissan U.S. sales having a twenty-five percent increase in May sales according to CBS News. Reuters/Gary Cameron

14 December 2016
By Islam Salah, Hisham Ibrahim 

The movement of Egypt's government to liberalise exchange rate system would cause financial losses for original automotive manufacturers within the upcoming period, Isao Sekiguchi -Chairman of Nissan Motor Egypt-stated Tuesday. The decision would also raise the cost of manufacturing automotives in Egypt.

On other side, the decision of floating Egyptian pound exchange rate against the dollar would also participate in reaching agreements with firms concerning arrears, the chairman noted.

Sekiguchi made these remarks during the Third Annual Summit for Automotive Industry- Egypt Automotive 2016 that takes place on December 13, 2016.

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He added that the major challenges facing Egyptian automotive sector are government's decision to float Egyptian pound in addition to the drop in buying rates.

Suez Canal axe might be a base for developing automotive feeding industries through establishing partnerships between local and global feeding industries entities, the chairman noted.

He urged the Egyptian government to design plans for enhancing automotive feeding industries as soon as possible in addition to announcing all incentives of government's strategy for automotive industry.

Moreover, Sekiguchi pointed out to the vital role of local feeding industries suppliers in achieving the future goal of the automotive sector strategy.

© Amwal Alghad 2016