Several Egyptian brokerage firms and investors' associations on Sunday sent a petition to Prime Minister Hisham Qandil to demand the reversal of a recent cabinet decision to impose a small tax on all stock market transactions Al Ahramonline reported.
Signatories of the petition say the move will negatively impact Egypt's overall investment environment and could lead to an exodus of investors from Egypt's already-struggling stock market.
(...) The petition stressed that the current state of the national economy required that the government adopt measures aimed at attracting investors to Egypt's capital markets instead of imposing further financial burdens on them.
According to the government's economic recovery plan that was unveiled last week, a 0.001-percent tax will henceforth be imposed on all stock market transactions. According to the recovery plan, the new tax is expected to generate an annual LE450 million in government revenue.
Last week, Egyptian Stock Exchange Chairman Mohamed Omran expressed concern regarding the new tax, claiming the decision was likely to spook investors from the Egyptian market.