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Free Zones

Public free zones are investment regions dedicated for export markets only and are governed by an independent board.
The government holds nine public free zones and supplies them with infrastructure and utilities as well as an independent customs unit.

Egypt’s public free zones attracted US$ 2 billion in FDI in 2016. Total investment cost in 2016 reached US$ 26 billion through a total of 1108 companies contributing with around US$ 10 billion to Egypt’s exports. The public free zones cover an array of sectors, most importantly: textiles; medical equipment; printing and storage. There are almost 183,000 people employed at Egypt’s free zones today.

In 2017, the General Authority for Investment Free Zones announced a strategy of establishing public free zones in every governorate. Currently, there are 8 governorates with such a dedicated investment zone.

Additionally, Egypt’s Investment Law allows for private free zone, which are independent manufacturing facilities that exist outside a public free zone, but enjoys the same merits and abides by the same restrictions.            


For more information on how to invest in free zones visit www.miic.gov.eg/English/Investment/Pages/freeZones.aspx