Suez Canal Revenue on the Rise
Egypt's Suez Canal revenue for the first 10 months of the 2017-18 fiscal year ending in June rose to around $5.1 billion, state news agency MENA quoted Finance Minister Amr El Garhy as saying on Sunday.
Garhy did not provide a comparative figure but said he expected revenue for the entire 2017-18 fiscal year to reach about $5.6 billion, a 14 percent rise from the previous year, according to MENA.
Egypt's Suez Canal earned $4.95 billion in revenue during the 2016-17 fiscal year, according to central bank data.
Egypt has said previously an $8 billion army-led expansion of the canal completed in 2015 would help boost canal revenue to $13 billion by 2023 and that a sprawling economic zone along the canal would eventually make up about a third of the economy.
(Reporting by Omar Fahmy Writing by Eric Knecht; editing by David Evans)