Bangladesh has lost remittances equivalent to Tk 75,000 crore in last one year due to billion-dollar digital hundi transactions using Mobile Financial Services (MFS). The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police arrested 16 people involved in the hundi business.
CID chief Mohammad Ali Mia held a press conference in this regard on Thursday (September 8).
He said that during the interrogation of the 16 people who have been arrested, it has been reported that Tk 20.7 crore has been smuggled in the last 4 months. The CID has also traced more than 5,000 agents doing hundi through MFS. At the initial stage, we have come to know that 5000 agents are involved with Hundi through MFS using Bkash, Nagad, Rocket. These 5,000 agents have smuggled 25,000 crores in the last 4 months and 75,000 crores annually.
Out of the 16 arrested are 6 BKash agents, 3 BKash distributor sales officers, 3 BKash DSS, 2 Hundi agents, one Hundi agent's associate and one Hundi manager.
Country's both the bourses, Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) today plunged further due to mainly price fall in large-cap securities.
DSEX, the benchmark index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), slid 65 points, or 1.01 per cent, at 6,413 at the end of the day. The DS30, the index that consists of blue-chip companies, went down 0.93 per cent to 2,277, while the DSES, the Shariah-complaint index, plummeted 0.80 per cent to 1,406.
Turnover at the DSE dropped 3 per cent to Taka 1,297 crore which was Taka 1,343 crore on the previous day.
At the DSE, 26 stocks advanced, 153 declined and 182 did not show any price movement.
Bangladesh Monospool Paper Manufacturing topped the gainers' with an 8.64 per cent rise. Fine Foods, Rahima Food Corporation, Eastern Cables, and Eastern Lubricants also advanced over 5 per cent.
Apex Foods suffered the highest correction, sliding almost 13 per cent. Far East Knitting, BDCOM Online, Navana CNG, and Apex Spinning declined more than 9 per cent.
The CASPI, the all-share price index of the Chattogram Stock Exchange, decreased 164 points, or 0.86 per cent to end at 18,895.
Of the issues on the port city bourse, 34 advanced, 104 declined, and 80 remained unchanged.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) today approved six projects with Tk 7,018 crore.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday (October 11).
The premier joined the meeting virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence here while ministers, state ministers, planning commission members and secretaries concerned were connected to it from the NEC Conference Room in the city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area.
After the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan gave details in the press conference.
thousand 362 crore 63 lakh will come from the government funding, Tk 2 thousand 386 crore 48 lakh from foreign funding and Tk 269 crore 62 lakh from the organization's own funding.
The remittance inflow sinks to lowest in seven months. The inflow of remittance dropped around 25% in September to $1.54 billion compared to August earnings.
Bangladesh received $2.04 billion in remittances in August, according to central bank data published Sunday (2 October).
The total remittance inflow in the current financial year is $5.67 billion, which was $5.41 billion during the same period last year.
According to experts, the cost of living for expatriates increased due to global inflation. Additionally, they are preferring hundi over legal remittance channels as they are getting Tk5-6 per dollar more than the bank exchange rate.
They had expressed concern that the Hundi channel may become more active.
Remittances dropped to a seven-month low in September as the central bank fixed the dollar exchange rate for inward remittance. Bangladesh received a lower remittance of $1.49 billion last February.
Bankers said the downfall happened after, on the advice of the central bank on 12 September, the banks fixed the dollar exchange rate for remittances at Tk108.
However, bankers had initially feared that remittances may decrease due to fixing the exchange rate. The exchange houses said that the remittances came in less in the first week after the rate was fixed as remitters could not be given higher rates.
A visit to the website of several exchange houses including Moneygram and Western Union shows that they are paying Tk106-107 per dollar for remittance inflow. However, the houses also charge $1-2 as transfer fee.
As a result, those who send remittances in small amounts do not get an average rate of more than Tk104-105 a dollar.
At present remittance through Hundi yields Tk113-114 per dollar. Due to fixed exchange rate at banks, the difference between dollar price of Hundi and the banking channel is at least Tk6-7.
Overall exports declined by 7.52% in September this year compared to the same period in 2021 after 13 months of recovery from COVID pandemic, according to the latest official figures.
But exports of readymade garments reached 10.27 billion dollars in the first quarter of FY2022-23, which is 13.41% higher than previous year’s corresponding time, according to data released by the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) for July-September.
Knitwear exports, however, declined by 9%, while woven declined by 5.66%, it said.
BGMEA Director Md. Mohiuddin Rubel said on Sunday that BGMEA had already shared early indication of growth slowdown from September onwards, which is apparently reflected in export data for September.
The global retail market is disrupted by many challenges starting from post covid container freight and supply chain crisis, price hike of raw materials, and then anticipated recession in the global economy, which is halting retail sales and demand for clothing, he said.
Rubel said buyers were following cautious steps to make their inventory and supply chain optimum, so some of them are even holding back production and orders.
“Altogether it has been quite a fluid and vulnerable situation, where we have all the strengths and possibilities to grow given our sustainability and competitiveness strides, yet the global economic outlook makes it difficult to foresee something bright for the final quarter of the year 2022,” he added.
Country's both the bourses, Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) today plunged further due to mainly price fall in large-cap securities. DSEX, the benchmark index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), slid 65 points, or 1.01 per cent, at 6,413 at the end of the day. The DS30, the index that consists of blue-chip companies, went down 0.93 per cent to 2,277, while the DSES, the Shariah-complaint index, plummeted 0.80 per cent to 1,406.
Overall exports declined by 7.52% in September this year compared to the same period in 2021 after 13 months of recovery from COVID pandemic, according to the latest official figures. But exports of readymade garments reached 10.27 billion dollars in the first quarter of FY2022-23, which is 13.41% higher than previous year’s corresponding time, according to data released by the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) for July-September.
Remittance inflow giving hope to the strained economy. In continuation of the last two months, this month's remittance flow is also surprising. In the first 15 days of this month, expatriate income or remittances have reached 1008.67 million dollars. If the current trend continues, the amount of expatriate income will exceed 200 million dollars at the end of the month. This figure was found in a report of the Statistics Department of the Central Bank.