FPCCI for controlling surge of dollar as rupee down to 2-month low


KARACHI:    The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry president Mian Anjum Nisar has urged the government to control surge of dollar against Pakistani currency, as the rupee has dropped to more than two-month low of 167.65 against greenback in the interbank market while it has fallen to 168 versus the US dollar in the open trade.
FPCCI President, in a statement issued here observed that the rupee has dropped by Rs1.08 against the dollar in a single session in the interbank market, falling to 167.77, a level last seen in the start of April. He said that huge depreciation of Rupee continued to damage national economy, as the cost of deals done by the businessmen with their foreign counterparts has increased manifold due to massive fall of rupee against dollar. Apart from increasing exports and controlling imports the government will have to take administrative measures, as a large demand of cash dollars are seen in the market, he suggested. He said that the rupee has dropped by 2.8 percent or Rs4.55 against the dollar since the start of June, as it was closed at 163.10 at the end of last month.
Mian Anjum Nisar appreciated the positive development, related to the imports, which have now started decreasing since the last financial year followed by the government’s initiative of imposing regulatory duties. He said that the country would hopefully receive multilateral inflows during this week, which could help strengthen the rupee and the foreign exchange reserves, as the government has signed a $1.5 billion loan agreement with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.