ISLAMABAD - Finance Minister Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh called on Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani at the PM’s House here Friday and briefed him on the state of economy and steps taken towards self-sufficiency, preparation of next budget, mobilization of domestic resources and generation of employment in the country.

The Minister said that in this regard that the country’s economy is showing strong performance of revenue mobilization.

Hafeez disclosed that revenue collection up to March 2012 stood at Rs. 1270 billion as compared to Rs. 1020 billion during the corresponding period of last year reflecting 25 per cent increase.

The Minister said that the country’s exports continue to register an upward trend despite the high base of last year exports of 30 per cent increase that touched record figure of $25.5 billion.

The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of the Finance Minister, which he is putting in to meet the imperatives of social uplift of the people and economic growth of the country.