Rupee ends firmer on improved inflows

Rupee ends firmer on improved inflows

KARACHI: The Pak Rupee ended firmer against dollar on Wednesday as stock of foreign currency was sufficient to meet import payment demand.

The rupee ended Rs166.67 to the dollar from the previous day’s close of Rs166.68 in interbank foreign exchange market.

Currency experts said that the inflows of dollars were sufficient to meet the demand for import and corporate payments.

They said that the improved inflows of remittances and lower import payments had helped the rupee to maintain levels.

State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has said that the workers’ remittances rose by a significant 50.7 percent during June 2020 to reach monthly record high $2.46 billion compared with $1.63 billion in June 2019.

Similarly, on a cumulative basis, workers’ remittances increased to a historic high level of $23.12 billion during FY20, witnessing a growth of 6.4 percent over $21.74 billion during FY19.

According to Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) the import bill of the country fell by 18.6 percent to $44.57 billion as compared with $54.76 billion in the preceding fiscal year.

This helped the country to curtail the trade deficit for the year. The trade deficit of the country shrank by 27 percent to $23.18 billion during fiscal year 2019/2020 as compared with the deficit of $31.8 billion in the preceding fiscal year.