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Rupee remains on downward stream

Rupee remains on downward stream

Rupee remains on downward stream

Rupee remains on downward stream

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KARACHI: The Pakistani rupee further deteriorated against the dollar on Thursday as the country is going through one of its worst financial and political crises, dealers said.

The exchange rate shed three paisas to close at Rs225.43 from the previous day’s closing of Rs225.40 against the dollar in the interbank foreign exchange market.

Experts said that the local unit kept depreciating owing to a faltering economy besides political uncertainty which has reduced the business activities.

Amidst declining exports and dried up inflows from overseas Pakistani and multilateral lending institutions, the foreign exchange reserves of the country have narrowed down to a level, which is not enough to cover the three-month import bill, they added.

The investors came under renewed pressures after the political environment heated up over the likely dissolution of the provincial assemblies.

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Additionally, the government has failed to secure any major funding from friendly countries and multilateral lending institutions to give a boost to the country’s foreign exchange reserves.

The foreign exchange reserves held by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) fell $14.9 million to reach 6.7 billion during the week ended December 9, compared with $6.71 billion on December 2.

The central bank, without giving specific reason, said that the “SBP’s reserves did not record any major change during the week ended on December 9, 2022”.

Overall, the liquid foreign currency reserves held by the country, including the net reserves held by banks other than the SBP, stood at $12.57 billion. The net reserves held by banks amounted to $5.87 billion.

Although the current account deficit declined over 85 per cent on a year-on-year basis to clock in at $0.28 billion in November as the imports of the country have reduced.

The experts are of the view that exports have declined even further due to delays in the opening of letter-of-credit (LCs) to import raw-material for the export-oriented industries.

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According to the data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), the exports fell to $2.37 billion in November, compared with $2.9 billion in the same month of the last year.

The workers remittances have also declined 15.7 per cent to reach $2.21 billion in October, compared with $2.62 billion in the same month of the last year.

On a monthly basis, the remittances witnessed a decline of 9 per cent, compared with $2.43 billion received during September.

The net foreign direct investment (FDI) in Pakistan slumped 62 per cent to $95 million in October 2022, compared with $247.3 million in the same month last year. However, the net FDI was up 13 per cent, compared with $84 million recorded in September 2022.

During the first four months of fiscal year 2023, the net FDI dropped 52 per cent year-on-year to $348 million, compared with $726 million during the same period of last fiscal year.

The local currency remained under pressure since the start of the current fiscal year. The rupee lost Rs20.58 or 10.04 per cent from Rs204.85 to dollar on June 30, 2022 to the current level of Rs225.43.

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At the open market, the buying and selling of the dollar was recorded at Rs232.4 and Rs234.7 at 4:30pm PST.

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