Surge in remittance as rupee hits 2-year low

With the Indian rupee continuing to decline against a dollar-pegged dirham, money transfer companies in the UAE recorded brisk business, with remittance volume surging by 20 pc over the past two weeks. On Wednesday, the rupee ended weaker after dropping to its lowest level in over two years as investors reduced their exposure to risk ahead of the US Federal Reserve’s policy meeting, where it is expected to unveil steps to revive a flagging US economy.

The partially convertible rupee ended at 13.6 per dirham or 48.325/335 per dollar, 0.58 per cent weaker than Tuesday’s close of 48.05/06 and after touching 48.34 intraday — its weakest since September16, 2009. The rupee has declined almost 10 per cent since it recent peak on July 27 when it was trading at 44 per dollar.

On Wednesday, the rupee opened stronger at 47.99 per dollar and rose to 47.8375 driven primarily on expectation of robust dollar inflows, traders said.

A flagging euro and choppy domestic equities, which slipped 0.2 per cent in volatile trade, added to the rupee’s woes, and market analysts predict that if the eurozone financial issue persists, the Indian currency will cross the two-year low of 48.47 per dollar and head further south to hit 50 per dollar.

In 2010, remittances by the UAE-based migrant workers grew 11 per cent to $10.54 billion from $9.51 billion in 2009. Total expatriate workers’ remittances from the GCC rose to $63.75 billion in 2010 from $60.03 billion in the previous year, according the World Bank, reached $325 billion from $317.23 billion in 2009.

The International Monetary Fund predicted that outward remittances from the GCC, which has over 12 million expatriates, are estimated to reach $74.9 billion in 2011. India, the largest recipient country, in terms of both global and GCC remittances, accounts for roughly 50 per cent of money transferred from the Gulf, estimated to be between $25 and $30 billion in 2010.

Source: GulfNews

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