Pakistan’s Highest Remittance Inflows Since October 2021

In a promising development for Pakistan’s economy, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has reported a substantial 13.4 percent year-on-year increase in remittance inflows, reaching $2.4 billion in December 2023. This surge, the highest since October 2021, underscores the resilience of the overseas Pakistani community in supporting the national economy.

 

Arif Habib Limited (AHL) notes that this increase is a significant positive for Pakistan amid ongoing economic challenges. On a month-on-month basis, December 2023 witnessed a 5 percent rise compared to November 2023, indicating a consistent upward trend.

 

Breaking down the figures, the highest remittance inflows originated from Saudi Arabia at $577.5 million, followed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at $419.15 million, the United Kingdom (UK) at $368 million, European Union (EU) countries at $284.95 million, and the United States contributing $263.87 million. These numbers highlight the crucial role of the Pakistani diaspora worldwide.

 

Despite a 7 percent year-on-year decline in remittances during the first six months (July-December) of fiscal year 2023-24, totaling $13.4 billion compared to $14.4 billion in the same period the previous year, the recent December surge suggests a potential rebound in the months ahead. This presents a glimmer of hope for Pakistan’s economic recovery.

 

The robust inflow of remittances not only signifies the dedication of overseas Pakistanis to support their homeland but also provides a vital lifeline for the country’s economy. It contributes to foreign exchange reserves, alleviating economic challenges. As Pakistan navigates its recovery, the positive trajectory of remittances serves as a beacon of hope for sustained economic resilience.

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