Our Staff Reporter KARACHI- Pakistans exports have crossed the $20 billion mark in the first 10 months of the current financial year. Chief Executive TDAP Tariq Iqbal Puri announced this here on Monday and said that as a result of Prime Minister of Pakistan declaring 2011 as Year of Export, Ministry of Commerce and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, through coordinated efforts, have succeeded in achieving the landmark figure. Despite the economic slowdown of the Western economies, it is all the more significant that Pakistan is on course to set new records of exports growth. To build on this landmark achievement, Puri stated that TDAP is accelerating its efforts and taking out-of-box measures to achieve a possible $24 billion exports by the end of this financial year. He briefed the Press that Pakistans exports in the month of April 2011 of $2.38 billion, was 40 per cent higher than the level of $1.7 billion during April 2010. Pakistan has been consistently crossing the $2 billion mark for the last 5 months of current financial year. He informed that imports during April 2011 were valued at $3.247 billion registering a growth of 7.7 per cent over the level of imports valued at $3.016 billion in April 2010. However, the trade deficit shrunk in April by 34pc as compared to April last year, which is also a positive sign for our current account. Cumulative value of exports for the period July-April 2010-11 was $20.18 billion as against $15.773 billion registering a growth of 27.9 per cent over the same period last year. While, cumulative value of imports for the period July-April 2010-11 was $32.263 billion as against $28.123 billion last year, registering a growth of 14.7 per cent over the same period last year. For the period April-July 2010-11, the trade deficit was marginally reduced by about 2 percent, he added.