Saturday, 7 August 2010

Kenyans increase remittances from diaspora

Remittances from Kenyans working abroad rose 15 per cent to $52 million (Sh4.1 billion) in June compared to the same month last year, boosting the shilling and domestic demand in an economy that is witnessing sluggish retail numbers.

Kenyans sent a total of $300.2 million (Sh24 billion) in the six months to June from $291.8 million (Sh23.3 billion) in the same period a year earlier, says Central Bank of Kenya (CBK).

“Remittances through June continue to track the long run average of $50 million per month,” Charles Gitari Koori, Central Bank of Kenya’s director of research, said in a monthly report. Read more

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