WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said Wednesday that even as Pakistan faces severe fiscal challenges and power shortages, there are key areas of opportunity for foreign investors, particularly in agriculture. "There is huge opportunity in the agricultural sector," he said, speaking at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Gilani said energy exploration, agriculture and energy infrastructure development are potential growth areas for the country's economy, which is under severe pressure from fiscal difficulties, high food prices and energy shortages. He added that he is focused on diversifying Pakistan's economy, and that amid the global rise in food prices, expanding the agriculture sector is one of his top priorities. There are challenges as well as opportunities in Pakistan's business climate, Gilani said. He described Pakistan as "a gateway" to emerging markets in Central and South Asia. Gilani added that he is focused on improving the business climate in the country. "This government" is committed to bringing in "real change," he told the group. In addition to meeting with business officials while visiting Washington this week, Gilani also has met with President George W. Bush and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, as he prepared to depart this afternoon.