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Remittance flow spectacular

Published : 27 Mar 2023 10:36 PM | Updated : 28 Mar 2023 05:52 PM

Remittance inflow has witnessed a rapid growth leading up to the Eid festival as the country received $ 1.60 billion remittance in the first 24 days in March.

On an average around $66.55 million came every day in March against $53.37 million every day in February.

Remittances rose to $1.56 billion in February, up 4.47 percent over that in the corresponding period of the previous year that amounted to $1.49 billion.

In February 2022, expatriates sent an average of $53.37 million every day.

A higher official of the central bank said that various initiatives have been taken to increase remittances through banking channels. 

It is urged not to send remittances through Hundi or any other illegal means, he said, adding that it is now working. 

Remittances are showing a good position at the beginning of this month, he mentioned. 

There are two big religious festivals coming up Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha, he said.

This is why, this remittance is rising, he added.

Economists said people usually spend more money ahead of Eid festival which is pushing up remittance this time.

They expect this inflow will increase further in the coming days this month.

However, remittance flows witnessed a good start and stood at $1.95 billion in January 2023, the first month of the New Year, up about 16 percent over that in the corresponding period of the previous month that amounted to $1.69 billion.

In January 2022, this figure was $1.70 billion.

After two consecutive months of heavy decline, the remittance returned to positive trend last November and continued the trend in December, the month of victory.

Remittance witnessed a rising trend and crossed $10 billion during the July-December period.

According to the data of Bangladesh Bank, in the first six months of the current fiscal year 2022-23, expatriates sent about $10.42 billion.

Remittance from expatriates, one of the main sources of foreign exchange reserves, has started to increase again after various measures taken by Bangladesh Bank, including tough steps against illegal hundi money transferring business.

In January 2023, expatriates sent an average of $62.90 million every day.

In December, expatriates sent around $1.7 billion after various measures to increase expatriate income in banking channels. As part of its move, an average of around $56.66 million came every day in December.

Last November, expatriates sent $1594.70 million. An average of $53.10 million poured in every day. In the previous two months, October and September, $49.20million and $51.30 million respectively came daily.

In the first two months of the current fiscal year 2022-23, in July and August, remittances came to the country in the amount of about $70 million per day.

Remittances stood at $2.09 billion in July, $2.04 billion in August, $1.54 billion in September and $1.52 billion in October in the current fiscal year 2022-23.

Economists and bankers said remittances returned to a positive trend in November, after declining for two consecutive months, due to various measures taken by the central bank.

As the trend turned more positive in December, relief began to return, they said, suggesting that the Central Bank should take tougher steps to ban hundi to increase remittances through legal channels.

Bangladesh Bank officials hope the amount of remittances will continue to increase in upcoming months.

However, a continued decline in remittance flows from expatriates increased in November.

Bangladesh received record $2.10 billion remittances in July, the first month of the fiscal year 2022-23, due to Eid-ul-Azha festival when expatriate Bangladeshis usually send home more money than at any other time.

The figure is the highest in 14 months and 12 percent higher than the $1.87 billion remittance the country received in the same month of the previous FY.

The country received $22.07 billion in remittances in 2021, which was higher than in any other year in the history of Bangladesh. This inflow was $21.78 billion in 2020 and $18.33 billion in 2019.

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