Pakistani Economy Bolstered by Record Expatriate Remittances

Last Updated on June 9, 2024 9:49 am

Pakistan has witnessed a significant boost in its economic stability, with expatriate remittances reaching a record high of over 3 billion dollars in a single month. The Central Bank of Pakistan reported that in May, Pakistani expatriates sent a remarkable 3.243 billion dollars back home, marking a 54.2 percent increase compared to the previous year.

This surge, attributed to Eid-ul-Azha celebrations and the stabilization of the rupee, underscores the crucial role of expatriate income in supporting the country’s economy. Mohammad Sohail, CEO of Topline Securities, emphasized that these factors, combined with ongoing International Monetary Fund (IMF) programs, could sustain this upward trend in remittances.

Comparative data highlights the significant growth: in May of the previous year, remittances stood at 2.103 billion dollars, while in April this year, they were 2.813 billion dollars, reflecting a monthly increase of 15.3 percent. Over the first 11 months of the current financial year, the total remittances received amounted to 27.093 billion dollars, a 7.7 percent rise from the same period last year.

Saudi Arabia continues to be the largest source of remittances for Pakistan, contributing 819.3 million dollars in May alone. This figure represents a 15 percent increase from the previous month and a 56.4 percent surge on an annual basis.

The substantial rise in expatriate remittances not only supports countless families in Pakistan but also plays a pivotal role in the nation’s economic resilience. As the country navigates its financial challenges, the contributions of its expatriate community remain indispensable. With the ongoing stability of the rupee and supportive international programs, Pakistan’s economic outlook appears increasingly optimistic.

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