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Outward personal remittances from the UAE in Q1 2020 increased 7.8% y-on-y

Outward personal remittances from the UAE in Q1 2020 increased 7.8% y-on-y

The top five destination countries for remittances were India, Pakistan, Philippines, Egypt and the US

Outward personal remittances from the UAE during Q1 2020 rose 7.8 per cent year-on-year from Dhs38.4bn to Dhs41.4bn, the Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) revealed on Wednesday.

The top five destination countries for outward personal remittances during January-March 2020 were India (37.8 per cent), Pakistan (11.4 per cent), Philippines (7 per cent), Egypt (6.6 per cent), and the US (3.6 per cent).

With the exception of Philippines, which witnessed a decrease of 3.6 per cent, outward personal remittances to the remaining four countries all increased – Pakistan was up 20.8 per cent; Egypt rose 18.7 per cent; the US increased by 15.2 per cent and remittances to India was up 9.1 per cent too.

“The outward personal remittances that were settled through the banks increased by 16.9 per cent or Dhs1.4bn. Meanwhile, the outward personal remittances that were settled through the exchange houses registered an increase of 5.4 per cent or Dhs1.6 billion, compared to the same period of 2019,” said the CBUAE Quarterly Economic Review.

The report added that the figures show Covid-19 outbreak did not affect the volume of personal funds transferred by expats and UAE nationals abroad in the first quarter of 2020.

However, in April, the World Bank cautioned that global remittance flows will tumble 20 per cent this year as the coronavirus pandemic drags the world’s economy through a recession.

Read: World Bank sees record 20% slump in remittances due to virus

It estimated that transfers to low- and middle-income countries from workers abroad probably will plunge by a fifth to $445bn – the sharpest decline since 1980.

Here in the UAE, BR Shetty-linked money exchange firm UAE Exchange reportedly began issuing refunds to some customers whose transactions had been delayed.

Read also: UAE Exchange starts issuing refunds – report

UAE Exchange Centre, which operates more than 100 branches across the country, stopped all transactions in March, after it was placed under the supervision of the CBUAE to verify its compliance with regulations.

Read more: UAE Exchange placed under Central Bank supervision

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