Poverty biggest challenge for D-8 countries: PM
Govt devising strategies to address issues of children rights: Raja
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that participation of traders in D-8 Business Forum from the member countries is a matter of satisfaction. He was addressing the D-8 Business Forum 2012 here on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister said the forum is vital for the elimination of poverty from the member countries. He said trade is continuously on the rise among the member countries.
The Prime Minister said that the incumbent democratic government of Pakistan is determined to encourage private investment in the country. Raja Pervez Ashraf congratulated the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry for assuming the chairmanship of the D-8 FCACI for next two years.
He expressed his confidence that FPCCI will play its leadership role in a pro-active manner. Prime Minister said that Pakistan is blessed with skilled labour and is geographically located at a very significant place. He said cooperation among the members is increasing under the preferential trade.
The Prime Minister assured the participants of his government’s support to strengthen economic relations among the D-8 block. He also expressed the hope that the deliberations among the participants will generate tangible outcome for the socio-economic uplift of our people in the days to come.
Meanwhile, launching the national child rights awareness campaign in Islamabad on Tuesday‚ Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf said the government is devising innovative strategies to address issues relating to children rights.
He said we are determined to provide a conducive environment for a balanced development of the children and make them useful members of the society.
The prime minister said the cowardly attack on Malala created a national movement in support of children across the country.
He also directed the Ministry to launch an exclusive channel for children. Prime Minister distributed awards among the children who made commitment for the child protection and education and appreciated the performance of the children in today’s function. Prime Minister also announced thirty million rupees for the Parliamentary Forum on Child Rights and one million rupees for the children who performed in today’s program.
Prime Minister Ashraf said that child survival and their development were important issues in the areas of basic health and welfare. Some seven million children have been immunized and 20 million packets of ORS have been distributed among children as part of the government’s programme for preventive health care of children, he added.
“I have already announced establishment of an independent and autonomous National Commission on Child Rights.