(Corrects to make clear the statement was made last week)
CAIRO Feb 4 Egypt's finance minister has said
the government will complete the revision of its economic reform
plan this week and invite the International Monetary Fund to
visit Egypt soon, the finance ministry said in a statement
released on its website on Monday.
The remarks by Finance Minister Al-Mursi Al-Sayed Hegazy
were made on Thursday but published in English on the ministry's
website on Monday as a news release, a ministry official said.
Egypt's government signed a preliminary agreement for a $4.8
billion loan from the IMF in November, but the formal signing
was delayed after political strife forced it to postpone a
number of austerity measures deemed necessary for an agreement.
Egypt was "waiting for concluding the revision of the
economic and social reform programme, in light of the
developments witnessed in Egypt ... and the recent package of
(Reporting by Patrick Werr; Editing by Jon Boyle)