ross Domestic Product (GDP) for the current financial year 2011-12 expected to be around 4%: Prime Minister briefed on half-yearly performance of economy

Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Saturday was informed by Finance Minister that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the current financial year 201112 was expected to be around 4%.

Federal Minister for Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and Secretary Finance Dr Waqar Masood called on the Prime Minister at Prime Minister House here and briefed him on half yearly promising performance of the economy.

The Prime Minister said that he would give a policy statement in Parliament soon about the salient features of economy and the achievements of government in this regard. The Finance Minister said that it was for the first time after 24 months that inflationary pressures had begun to recede in December as compared to the same period last year.

The Prime Minister was informed that all three price indexes namely Consumer Price Index (CPI), Wholesale Price Index (WPI), and Sensitive Price Index (SPI) came down to single digit range and SPI fell as low as 3%.The Finance Minister said that the external sector of economy continues to give strong performance.

The Finance Minister said that remittances during the same period increased by 19%, averaging more than a billion dollar per month. He said that on the budget side, the government’s measures to increase the tax revenue had shown remarkable growth in the first six months of current FY201112.

The Finance Minister further said that the government had also continued to exercise strict control on the expenditure side and the total expenditures during the first half of the current financial year kept below 50% of budgetary expenditure at 45%.

The Prime Minister was also briefed about the progress of Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for which over Rs. 100 billion had been released so far to complete the projects of electricity, highways, water and other areas of national priority.

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