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Monday Aug 17 2020
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Web Desk

Pakistan recorded ‘highest-ever’ remittances in July: PM Imran

By
Web Desk
Prime Minister Imran Khan. — Instagram/Files 

Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that Pakistan recorded highest-ever remittances from overseas Pakistanis in July 2020, reaching $2,768 million.

On Twitter, the prime minister shared the statistics, calling it “more good news” for Pakistan’s economy.

“Remittances from overseas Pakistanis reached $2,768 mn in July 2020, highest ever amount in one month in the history of Pakistan. This is 12.2% increase over June 2020 and 36.5% increase over July 2019,” he wrote.

Last week, PM Imran had appreciated overseas Pakistani workers for sending more remittances through banking channels.

"Remittances for the past fiscal year came in much higher at 9.7 percent annual growth and totaled $21.8 billion for the year," Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a tweet.

In his statement, the prime minister had thanked overseas workers for the remittances, which he said were much higher than the previous year when they grew only 2.9%.

According to the State Bank of Pakistan, overseas Pakistanis remitted $21,841.50 million during fiscal year 2018-19, showing a growth of 9.68% compared with $19,913.55mn during the same period in the previous year.

Remittances received from Malaysia, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Japan and other countries during June 2019 had amounted to $198.81mn together as against $199.47mn received in June 2018.

“Not much cash movement on flights or Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages has taken place this year. This trend can continue for some months, which is a positive development for the economy,” Saad Hashemy, Executive Director BMA Capital Management, told Reuters.

Pakistan has opened all sectors of the economy in a bid to revive its hard-hit economy. The country has reported 289,215 positive COVID-19 cases of which 269,087 have recovered, with 6,175 deaths.