Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Tuesday underlined 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 in Islamabad 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.