July 13, 2020: Workers’ remittances rose by a significant 50.7% during June 2020 to reach record high USD 2,466.2 million compared with USD 1,636.4 million in June 2019. Similarly, on a cumulative basis, workers’ remittances increased to a historic high level of USD 23,120.7 million during FY20, witnessing a growth of 6.4% over USD 21,739.4 million during FY19.
It would also be pertinent to mention here that inflow of workers’ remittances registered an increase of a 7.8% during March-June 2020 pandemic period compared with the corresponding period of 2019.
During June 2020, larger amounts of Workers' Remittances are received from Saudi Arabia (US $ 619.4 million), USA (US $ 452.0 million), UAE (US $ 431.7 million) and UK (US $ 401.0 million) recording an increase of 42.0 percent, 7.1 percent, 33.5 percent and 40.8 percent respectively as compared to May, 2020.
The significant increase in remittances during June 2020 can be attributed to a number of factors. Since many of the countries eased lockdown in June, overseas Pakistanis were able to transfer accumulative funds, which they were unable to send earlier. Further, it is also believed that they sent remittances to support extended families and friends due to COVID-19.
In addition to these, efforts by the Government and SBP also played their role in the increased inflow of workers’ remittances during FY20 in general and Covid-19 period, March till June 2020, in particular. Supportive government policies in terms of extension of Reimbursement of TT Charges Scheme (Free Send Remittance Scheme) to small remitters by reducing threshold from USD 200 to USD 100, as well as, broadening the scope of incentive scheme for marketing scheme for financial institutions increased the incentives for sending remittances through regular channels.
Further, on-boarding of a large number of technology-based money transfer companies by SBP and PRI also helped absorb the shock of lockdowns. Financial institutions were motivated to use effective marketing campaigns with particular focus on digital channels for sending and receiving remittances to promote the use of legal channels.
July 13, 2020: Arif Habib Limited is planning to acquire a further 316,500 shares of ORIX Leasing Pakistan Limited, the Pakistan Stock Exchange informed on Monday.
On account of this transaction, the combined shareholding of Arif Habib Corporation will become 18,274,200 shares, which represents 10.94% of the total issued voting shares of ORIX Leasing Pakistan Limited.
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July 13, 2020: Pakistan has decided to resume Afghan exports from Wednesday, after implementing COVID-19 related protocols.
In a press release, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said the decision has been taken at the special request of the government of Afghanistan and with a view to facilitating Afghanistan's transit trade.
The Spokesperson said with this step, Pakistan has fulfilled its commitments under Pakistan-Afghanistan Transit Trade Agreement. She said Pakistan has restored bilateral trade and Afghan transit trade at all border crossing terminals to pre-COVID-19 status.
The Spokesperson said Pakistan remains fully committed to further strengthening its bilateral relations with Afghanistan in all areas including trade, and to facilitate Afghanistan's transit trade under APTTA.
July 13, 2020: European stock markets rose at the open on Monday, spurred higher by investor optimism before the start of corporate results season, dealers said.
In initial deals, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index of major blue-chip companies rallied 1.3 percent to 6,174.21 points compared with Friday's closing level.
In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 index won 1.4 percent to 12,815.64 points and the Paris CAC 40 added 1.2 percent to 5,028.96.
"European markets ... kick-starting the week," said AvaTrade analyst Naeem Aslam.
"Traders are focused on the third-quarter earnings season and the hope is that it will set a more positive tone for the coronavirus stock market rally."