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BB sends team abroad wto probe weak remittance inflow

  • Published at 05:18 pm March 14th, 2017
  • Last updated at 05:19 pm March 14th, 2017
BB sends team abroad wto probe weak remittance inflow
As the falling trend of the inflow of remittances is becoming a matter of concern for the country, two teams of experts of Bangladesh Bank (BB) are visiting Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Singapore to find reasons behind the declining trend of remittances, reports BSS. BB economic advisor M Akhtaruzzaman is leading a three-member team visiting Saudi Arabia where over 80 lakh Bangladeshis have been working and the country received a record US$2955.55 million in remittance in Fiscal Year 2015-16. General Manager of BB Governor’s Secretariat Dr M Habibur Rahman is leading the other team visiting Malaysia and Singapore, the Southeast Asian countries being the major sources of remittances for Bangladesh. The central bank through the Foreign Ministry has also asked the Bangladesh missions abroad to take necessary steps in getting the cooperation of law enforces of the respective countries to stop the use of illegal channels by the Bangladesh workers in sending remittances home. Bangladesh migrants sent home US$1337.14 million from Malaysia and US$387.24 million from Singapore in 2015-16. According to BB, Bangladesh received US$1478.42 million in remittances from Saudi Arabia, US$744.46 million from Malaysia and US$204.61 million from Singapore for the first eight months of FY17. But inward remittance maintained a sluggish trend from the very beginning of FY17 and the country received a total of US$8,112.52 million for the first eight months of FY17 though the amount was US$9774.09 million during the same period of FY16. In February 2017, the country received only $936.20 million, the lowest ever, while the amount was $1136.27 million in February 2016. Subhankar Shah, executive director of the central bank, said the falling currency rate against dollar and low oil prices have hit the incomes of the Middle Eastern countries where most Bangladeshi migrants work. “Some NRBs are also using informal channel, including mobile banking, for sending their money home,” he added. BB has already asked different mobile banking operators to enhance further their surveillance in the mobile money transactions. The central bank has also enhanced its own supervision on mobile money transactions, besides lowering the ceiling of such transactions to check any abuse of the services.
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