Al-Ahram Weekly Online   17 - 23 March 2005
Issue No. 734
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Mortgage reform inches forward
Recent amendments to the executive regulations of the mortgage finance law may be a step towards its full utilisation. Yasser Sobhi reviews recent developments
Financial integration?
Experts from the EU and its Mediterranean partner countries last week highlighted the need for modernising the region's financial sector to induce private sector-led growth. Niveen Wahish reports from Luxembourg
Rough takeoff
Egypt's first international aviation exhibition gave the country a long-awaited chance to return to the region's pilot seat, but Amirah Ibrahim discovered serious planning flaws
Second wind
After slowing to a crawl for three years, the privatisation programme has witnessed rapid developments during the last six months. Sherine Abdel-Razek reports
Long and winding road
Despite the persistence of regional disparities, Egypt's second Country Report declares that it is on the way to achieving its Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Pierre Loza reports
House of cards
British socialist economist Chris Harman was in Cairo last week. He talked to Wael Gamal on the latest developments in the international economy

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