Record $1.2b remittance flows in 15 times of Nov

18 Nov 2020 9:39 AM
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Bangladesh earned an archive $1.2 billion in remittance in the first 15 days and nights in November, the finance ministry stated yesterday, despite grim forecasts built at the elevation of the pandemic about the amount of money sent by migrant personnel.

Actually amid the coronavirus pandemic, the surge in remittance features stored its pace, the ministry said in a news release. In just 12 days this month, expatriates delivered a lot more than $1 billion.

"That is a rare event in the history of Bangladesh," it said.

From July 1 to November 12, remittance inflow stood at $9.69 billion, up 43.42 % from $6.89 billion year-on-year.

The migrant personnel remitted $2.11 billion in October, which was way greater than $1.64 billion flown to the united states in the same month this past year.

October's receipts were the third-highest monthly flow in history, in back of July's $2.59 billion and September's $2.15 billion.

The increasing trend of remittances has given a massive respite to the federal government to control its external sector from the ongoing monetary hardship.

Experts hope the craze would continue found in the coming a few months given the global financial situation and the initiatives taken by the federal government.

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has expressed his gratitude to the expatriates.

He said the global overall economy faced a significant economic crisis suddenly as a result of the Covid-19. Through the pandemic, the migrant personnel own emerged as the drivers of the overall economy by sending their hard-earned money, he said.

The federal government introduced a 2-per cent cash incentive for the remittances sent through legal channels within the last fiscal year. In the near future, remittances began to increase, Kamal said.

"At that time, many people began to say that it [the incentive] wouldn't normally succeed and the flow would not sustain," he said in the press release.

Even, overseas organisations expressed doubt about the remittance move, he said.

"But the move of remittance because the announcement of the incentive possesses proved their predictions incorrect, and it proved once again that we were best," the minister said.

"Achieving a lot more than $2 billion in remittance in a single month is unusual in Bangladesh's history," this individual said.

Diversion of remittances from informal to formal stations due to the problems of carrying funds under travel constraints amid the pandemic and damages inflicted by the recent floods helped Bangladesh bring the remittance circulation back to the great territory found in 2020, according to a recently available statement of the Environment Bank.

In April, the multinational lender had said money dispatched by the migrant personnel to Bangladesh is projected at $14 billion for 2020, a fall likely of about 22 per cent as a result of the fallouts of the pandemic.

The rising movement from May led the WB to forecast on October 30 that inbound remittance would accelerate by about 8 per cent to $19.8 billion this season.

Bangladesh is forecast to contain posted the best year-on-year remittance growth of 53.5 % among the most notable 49 recipient-countries in the 3rd quarter of 2020.

Bangladesh received $18.3 billion in remittance in 2019.

Remittance is a significant pillar of Bangladesh's overall economy and the second-largest source forex after exports, accounting for 5.8 % of gross domestic merchandise last year.