Tarin to push Pakistan to fifth position in remittances: Mian Zahid Hussain

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Karachi, May 21, 2021 (PPI-OT): Chairman of National Business Group Pakistan, President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum, and All Karachi Industrial Alliance, and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain on Friday said remittances are increasing due to positive policies of the government and timely initiatives of the central bank.

Pakistan has climbed to the sixth position in the list of countries receiving remittances providing budgetary support to the government while it will become the fifth country receiving the highest volume of remittances by the end of the year due to the initiatives of Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, he said.

Mian Zahid Hussain said that coronavirus has damaged the economies of all the countries but Pakistan is receiving higher amount of remittances beating forecasts of local and foreign experts. Talking to the business community, the veteran business leader said that remittances have increased by 29 percent from July to April from the corresponding period to reach 24.2 billion dollars while the remittances during the month of April remained 2.8 billion dollars, an increase of 56 percent over the last year.

He noted that credit of increased remittances go to the policies of the government, initiatives of the SBP, increased use of banking channels, reduced dependence on informal channels, and travel restrictions. The business leader said that remittances are the most important source of forex earnings which help keep balance in payments, reduce the deficit, and strengthen reserves.

He said that remittances have also helped push the current account to a surplus of almost one billion dollars providing relief to the government. Saudi Arabia remained the highest source of remittances followed by UAE, UK, EU, and the USA, he said, adding that government should also focus on exports and foreign investment. FBR should reduce the number of notices, energy prices should be reduced and industrial expansion should be preferred to bring an end to the heavy borrowing, he demanded.

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