Poverty big­gest chal­lenge for D-8 coun­tries: PM

Govt de­vis­ing strate­gies to ad­dress is­sues of chil­dren rights: Raja

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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.

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