Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – The Bangladesh Taka (BDT) continued to weaken against the US Dollar (USD) in last week’s trading, ending on Thursday, treasury officials said.
The week started with the USD/BDT trading between 80.65 – 80.73 range and strengthened over the week to trade as high as 81.50 on Thursday, they added.

“The US currency has gained against the local currency continually from September last because of its short supply in the market,” a senior treasury official of a commercial bank told BBN in Dhaka, adding that the upward trend of the greenback against the BDT may continue in the near future.

The treasury official also said that supply of US dollar has declined due to the widening of the country’s overall external trade deficit and slow growth of inward remittances.

“Such depreciation of the local currency against the US dollar may fuel inflationary pressures on the economy,” he said, adding that the country’s exporters and wage earners, who are working abroad, are, however, benefited from such depreciation.

BBN/SSR/AD-23Dec11-3:55 pm (BST)