According to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the Pakistanis living abroad have transferred the US $4698.31 million during the first three months (July – September) of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 while last year in the same months, the US $4965.81 million were received.
During September 2016, the worker’s remittances were amounted the US $1609.29 million, which is 8.6 percent lower as compared to the remittances in the August 2016 and 9.34 percent lower as compared to the remittances in the September 2015.
The country-wise details of the money transferred in the month of September 2016 are as follows:
- Saudi Arabia: the US $437.87 million.
- UAE: the US $361.89 million.
- USA: US $210.82 million.
- UK: US $210.18 million.
- GCC: Countries US $182.16 million.
- EU countries: US $43.6 million.
Payments received from Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Japan and other countries during September 2016 amounted to the US $162.77 million total as against the US $135.46 million received in September 2015.
Overseas Pakistanis will be able to submit complaints through Skype
On the other hand, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development is planning to upgrade the complaint management system for the Pakistanis living abroad.
According to the sources, the management will soon allow the overseas Pakistanis to submit their complaints through Skype.
Initially, the service will be provided in the countries where more than 100,000 Pakistanis are living. The Community Welfare Attaches (CWA) will hear the complaints of the OPs through the Skype and will then forward the complaints to the Federal Ombudsman Secretariat. The Ombudsman Secretariat will then forward them to the relevant offices to reply within 15 days.