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Egypt Responds to Global Energy Crisis with Adjustments in Fuel Prices

Egypt has joined the global tides by significantly raising petrol and diesel prices, matching the global spike in energy markets. The decision, backed by Egypt’s Committee for Pricing Petroleum Products, comes after repeated delays, illustrating the country’s difficulties in managing its energy sector amidst global economic shifts and regional crises.

Egypt’s Committee for Pricing Petroleum Products said on Friday morning that petrol and diesel prices will be adjusted to reflect global market trends.

The decision comes amid rising global oil costs, which are compounded by conflicts such as the Gaza war and the Russo-Ukrainian War.

The decision to increase petrol prices in Egypt reflects the effect of global events on domestic markets. With crude oil prices skyrocketing owing to geopolitical concerns such as the war in Ukraine and crises in the Middle East, Egypt is forced to alter domestic gasoline prices to appropriately reflect global trends.

The rise in fuel costs reflects Egypt’s economic reality, as the country faces fiscal constraints and seeks to rationalise subsidies. Fuel subsidies have long been a considerable burden on Egypt’s budget, demanding periodic modifications to reduce financial stresses and enhance fiscal sustainability.

In response to the fuel price increase, the Egyptian government has announced steps to mitigate the impact on disadvantaged groups of people. Subsidies and social assistance programmes are being increased to offset the consequences of growing living expenses and keep critical products accessible for low-income households.

Additionally, the government is stepping up efforts to diversify the energy mix and minimise reliance on fossil fuels. Investments in renewable energy infrastructure and energy efficiency programmes are being prioritised to improve energy security, promote sustainable development, and minimise the economic consequences of oil price volatility.

Source: Energy Ghana