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Tuesday Jun 28 2022
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Pakistan's current account gap widens to $1.4b

A representational image of US dollar. — Reuters/File
A representational image of US dollar. — Reuters/File

  • SBP cites a decline in remittances, exports as reasons behind deficit.
  • During eleven-month period of FY22, current account deficit stands at $15.2b. 
  • Widening deficit leads to an outflow of US dollars, which puts pressure on currency.


KARACHI: Pakistan’s current account deficit — the gap between the country’s higher foreign expenditure and low income — widened to $1.4 billion in May 2022 in the wake of a decline in remittances and exports on account of the Eid ul Fitr holidays.

According to the State Bank of Pakistan, the current account deficit of the country has risen to $1.4 billion in May 2022 compared to a deficit of $640 million in the same month of last year.

Taking to its official Twitter account, the bank noted that the change has taken place largely due to a decline in remittances sent by overseas Pakistanis despite a reduction in overall imports.

“Excluding in-kind imports that are fully financed and thus do not undermine the sustainability of the current account deficit, it was modest at $1 billion,” the SBP wrote.

Meanwhile, cumulatively, during the eleven-month period of the ongoing fiscal year (July-May of FY22), the current account deficit stood at $15.2 billion compared to a deficit of only $1.183 billion during the same period of the previous fiscal year (FY21), showed SBP data.

With current account balance being an important indicator of Pakistan's economy, a widening deficit leads to an outflow of US dollars, which puts pressure on the currency that has continued to struggle against the greenback.