Market Coverage

AFDB 2015 Egypt Economic Outlook

The economic outlook for 2015 is cautiously optimistic, with the GDP growth rate projected at 3.8% in 2014/15 in the wake of important ongoing reforms and anticipation of parliamentary elections, which is the final stage of the political roadmap.


2015, a year of mergers & acquisitions

2015 has been a year of M&As; Acumen Consulting tracks these transactions and offers you insights on the key trends. This the first of a series of posts analyzing unique phenomena in the Egyptian economy & their potential implications.


Egypt Vision 2030 SDS

An in-depth read of the recently issued Egypt 2030 Sustainable Development Strategy, summarizing the findings and highlighting noteworthy aspects in both the methodology and the results.


Entrepreneurship – When to say no!

The first of a series of opinion editorials by the Acumen Consulting management team; this one addresses a daily entrepreneurial dilemma.


Explaining the Foreign Exchange Situation

Acumen Consulting seeks to address the ambiguity and controversy surrounding the Egyptian Central Bank’s decision to devalue the Egyptian pound. This analysis attempts to explain the basic economic concepts as well as dictate the conditions for this policy’s success.


Why Egyptians Quit?!

Acumen had set out on a myth busting mission to confirm or dis-spell the notion that “Individuals do not quit bad companies, they quit bad bosses!” Survey results are summarized in the info-graph attached. The most prominent stand-out is the amount of emphasis individuals put on their growth potential & learning within the organization.


“Institutions Matter”

Acumen Consulting overview of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century talk and on the real role of political institutions in bringing about reforms to income inequality globally as well as in the Middle East.


Doing Business Better

Doing Business is a World Bank publication that sheds light on how easy or difficult it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-size business when complying with relevant regulations. Acumen Consulting address the three aspects of Doing Business in which Egypt’s rank vis-a-vie other countries is the worst.


Egypt Fishing for Investment

Egypt is constantly claiming to be “open for business”; yet does Egypt walk the walk? Have the current economic policies improved the business environment? What are the key areas for further development and improvement?


Projects and Success Stories

African Economic Outlook chapter on Egypt for both the 2015 and 2016 editions. This involved undergoing all the economic analysis as well as developing thematic chapters to be included in the AFDB annual thematic publication.

Development of two Concept Notes for UNIDO with regard to upgrading TVET (Technical Vocational Education & Training) activities for both the agri-business and construction fields through engaging with stakeholders, assessing the current gaps in the system and recommending intervention models.

Grant proposal development for Alfanar & LifeVision with regard to developing a program catering to the impoverished across the agricultural value chain in Menia.

TVET model for Maritime Logistics for the newly formed Special Economic Zones’ Authority.

Acumen consulting management worked closely with a team from Germany for the undertaking of a detailed sector study of the Egyptian economy with a viewpoint of bolstering employment across promising sectors. The study centered around a 10-day fact-finding mission of intense meetings with all the relevant stakeholders followed by a period of analysis, initiative development and report articulation.

Acumen consulting developed a business plan for a consortium of established physicians looking to open a specialized hospital. The scope included studying the market in order to gauge demand and capture the key drivers. As well as a detailed competitive landscape to assess the competition, their capacities, offering and pricing strategies. This all culminated in a financial model and its accompanying business plan. These outcomes dictated the hospital financing strategy, high level organizational structure and marketing approach.

Acumen Consulting conducted a baseline study for GOPA on the needs of companies with regard to business development services and their satisfaction with the current offerings in the market. The objective was to use this study as a guideline to develop programs that can address the business development services ecosystem more effectively.

Acumen was engaged by the British Standards Institute (BSI), UK the lead agency of a consortium implementing the EU-Funded project TDMEP (Trade Development and Market Enhancement Programme) to support in the development of a blueprint for the formulation of a Policy & Strategy Unit (P&SU) for the Ministry of Trade and Industry towards Egypt’s Sustainable Development Strategy – Vision 2030.


Acumen consulting worked with GIZ and its stakeholders from the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Manpower and the various Investor Associations in order to institutionalize the Regional Labour Market Observatories.

This project aimed at providing sustainability to the initiative as well as ensuring that labour market information is collected at the demand level in a way that ensures that outputs from the technical education system are a good fit to market demand and the rapidly evolving private sector.

Grant proposal development for Alfanar & LifeVision with regard to developing a program catering to the impoverished across the agricultural value chain in Menia.

This included the development of a financial feasibility study for a soya press in Menia to cater to the farmers in the region as well as the larger oil & feed companies.