It is possible to get access to any information that is available to the public or interested parties by going in person to the Egyptian General Authority for Investment (“GAFI”). In addition, the Egyptian government has set up an online facility to provide access to this information. This is done through one of two websites: “Digital Egypt” (https://di.gov.eg/), and the website of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (https://mti.gov.eg/).
These websites provide access to information in various sectors and aspects, including the “commercial registry” section, which provides access to the “commercial registry” of companies.
The mechanism for using the first website is to use the company’s registration number or tax number to access its commercial register. You need to then insert the kind of company under Egyptian law and the city where the company is located.
The second website, however, is much simpler as it does not necessarily require the registration number, but the name of the company. If the name of the company is written in the same way as it was registered, one shall have access to its commercial register.
Both websites require the creation of a user account before using their services, and these accounts must be created by Egyptian citizens as the national ID number is required for registration.
The first website is only available in Arabic. The second, however, is available in both Arabic and English.
The following information is also publicly available:
- the Egyptian Stock Exchange (“EGX”): If a company is listed on the EGX, information about it can be obtained from the exchange's website (https://egx.com.eg/en/ListedStocks.aspx) and other international stock websites like: https://www.marketscreener.com/, including financial statements, shareholding structure, and other relevant details.
- the Central Bank of Egypt: The Central Bank of Egypt maintains a database of all licensed banks operating in the country, including information on their ownership, branches, and financial performance
- the Trademarks Department: The Trademarks Department maintains a database of all registered trademarks which can be consulted by any person wishing to inquire about a registered trademark
- Egyptian Patent Office: The Egyptian Patent Office maintains a database of all registered patents inside Egypt, and it is also linked to the WIPO database. You can search for any patent or owner through their website: http://www.egypo.gov.eg//Search/Default.aspx.
However, most of the information available in the above-mentioned institutions is only available to the concerned parties and not to the public.