Pakistan's remittances hit all-time monthly high of $2.8 bln in April

Inflows came mainly from Saudi Arabia, at $6.4bln, the United Arab Emirates, $5.1bln, Britain, $3.3bln

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. A currency dealers counts Pakistan rupee bills in Karachi May 20, 2008.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A currency dealers counts Pakistan rupee bills in Karachi May 20, 2008.

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KARACHI, Pakistan - Remittances from Pakistani workers employed abroad rose to a record monthly high of $2.8 billion in April, 56% higher than a year earlier, the central bank said on Tuesday.

On a cumulative basis, remittances also surpassed the previous record.

Proactive policy measures by the government and State Bank to encourage more inflows through banking channels, curtailed cross border travel due to the pandemic, and Eid holiday-related inflows contributed to the record levels of remittances this year, the central bank said.

"I have always believed overseas Pakistanis to be our greatest asset," Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Twitter.

The inflows came mainly from Saudi Arabia, at $6.4 billion, the United Arab Emirates, $5.1 billion, Britain, $3.3 billion, and the United States, $2.2 billion, the central bank said, referring to cumulative figures.

(Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu) ((raza.hassan@thomsonreuters.com;))

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