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SBP launches whistle-blowing forum to bust illegal money dealers

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  • Illegal money-dealers be reported at whistleblowing.FX@sbp.org.pk.
  • Complaints be sent to SBP at facilitation.fx@sbp.org.pk.
  • Public at large asked to refrain from making false allegations.

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has launched a whistle-blowing forum for the identification of foreign exchange companies operating illegally in the country to ensure accountability and integrity, it said in a statement.

“The public, at large, may use the dedicated email address: WhistleBlowing.FX@sbp.org.pk- to report to SBP any unauthorised foreign exchange activity, said a statement issued here,” the central bank announced.

“The email may also be used to report if any exchange company refrained from providing system-generated receipt of the currency exchange transaction.”

The central bank urged the public to be judicious in reporting any unauthorised foreign exchange activity and provide facts and as much specific information and particulars as possible to examine the matter thoroughly.

“They are also expected to refrain from rumour mongering, speculation, false and frivolous allegations or accusations,” the SBP said adding that the identity of the complainant would be kept confidential however the disclosure of identity for utilising the forum was voluntary.

The SBP has also introduced another email address, facilitation.fx@sbp.org.pk, to receive public concerns if any person faced any issue in dealing with exchange companies including the sale/purchase of foreign currency notes by the money-changers, issuing receipts which are not system-generated, charging exorbitantly high exchange rate over those displayed on the notice board, denial of genuine requests of the customer for the provision of foreign currencies, etc.

The SBP regulates foreign exchange business in the country under Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, 1947 and under the Act central bank has authorised twenty-six exchange companies of the “A” category and twenty exchange companies of the “B” category to deal in foreign exchange business including sale purchase of foreign currency notes.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Finance Dr Ayesha Ghous Pasha on Friday warned the commercial bank of exemplary punishment for overcharging on Letters of Credit (LCs) payments.

Briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue the minister of state said that the banks involved in such activities would be fined heavily.

The meeting of the committee was held under the chairmanship of Senator Saleem Mandviwalla.

Speaking on the occasion, Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Jameel Ahmed said that when the commercial banks faced a shortage of dollars they started charging extra dollars on payments of LCs.

He said that the central bank had thoroughly investigated the matter.

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In a first for history, PSX crosses the 77,000 milestone.

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At 77,213.31, the benchmark KSE-100 hit an all-time high, up 1,005.15, or 1.32%, from the previous close of 76,208.16.

The government’s readiness to seal an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) following the budget was cited by analysts as the reason for the upward trend.

Experts anticipate that in an attempt to bolster its position for a fresh bailout agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the budget for the fiscal year ending in June 2025 would set aggressive fiscal goals.

Budget for Pakistan, 2024–2025
Pakistan’s budget for the fiscal year 2024–25, with a total expenditure of Rs18.877 trillion, was presented on Wednesday by Minister of Finance and Revenue Muhammad Aurangzeb.

The Finance Minister, Muhammad Aurangzeb, outlined the budget highlights. He stated that the GDP growth target for the fiscal year 2024–25 is set at 3.6 percent, while the inflation rate is anticipated to stay at 12 percent.

He stated that while the primary surplus is anticipated to be 1.0 percent of GDP during the review period, the budget deficit to GDP is forecast to be 6.9 percent over the period under review.

According to the minister, tax income collection increased by 38% in the current fiscal year, and the province will receive Rs7,438 billion. The Federal Board of income expects to earn Rs12,970 billion in revenue for the upcoming fiscal year.

In contrast to the federal government’s projected net income of Rs9,119 billion, he stated that the federation’s non-tax revenue projections are set at Rs3,587 billion.

The federal government’s total outlays are projected to be Rs18,877 billion, with interest payments accounting for the remaining Rs9,775 billion.

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Pakistan currently has $14.38 billion in foreign exchange reserves.

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Pakistan’s commercial banks’ reserves, which stood at $5.28 billion at the conclusion of the week ending on June 7, rose by US$174 million, according to a central bank statement.

Reserving US$6.2 million less, the SBP now has US$9.10 billion in reserves. The causes for the decline in the reserves it had were not disclosed by the central bank.

The SBP released a statement that stated, “SBP reserves decreased by US$ 6 million to US$ 9,103.3 million during the week ended on 07-June-2024.”

The State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) foreign exchange reserves were reduced by US$ 63 million as a result of repaying external debt, with the reserves standing at US$ 9.093 billion as of earlier on June 6.

The central bank spokesperson said in a statement that as of the week that concluded on May 31, the nation’s total liquid foreign reserves were $14.31 billion.

In terms of net foreign reserves, commercial banks have US$ 5.22 billion of the overall foreign reserves, according to the SBP.

SBP reserves dropped by US$ 63 million to US$ 9,093.7 million during the week that ended on May 24, 2024, according to the announcement.

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In the local market, the price of gold plummets to Rs240,700/tola.

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Gold with a 24-karat purity level has dropped by Rs1200/tola on the local market.

Each tola of 24-karat gold is now selling for Rs240,700, with a further drop of Rs1029 bringing the price of 10 kilos of gold to Rs206,361. These figures are courtesy of the All Sarafa and Jewelers Association.

Meanwhile, after a $2 decline on the global market, one ounce of gold will be valued $2315.

A tola of gold was worth Rs 600 more on Wednesday.

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