ISTANBUL (APP) - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani assuring full support and cooperation to the Turkish business community, Thursday urged them to take full advantage of the investment opportunities available in diverse fields in Pakistan. He was addressing a luncheon meeting hosted in his honor by Pak-Turkey Business Council here at a local hotel. The Prime Minister said both the countries have closest political and cultural ties, and there is a need that these should be complemented by increased focus on developing economic and business ties. He said, there are tremendous opportunities available in numerous sectors in Pakistan for investment in joint ventures; and urged the Turkish business community to take advantage of these opportunities. Prime Minister Gilani said, Pakistan-Turkey bilateral trade has witnessed an upward surge during the previous months and years, adding, but it was still below the trade potential of two countries. He mentioned level of Pak-Turkey bilateral trade at $ 730 million in 2007, and appreciated the efforts of Pak-Turkey Business Council in increasing the trade. The Prime Minister said, due to geographical location of Pakistan and Turkey, both countries can play important role in bridging trade linkages between Asia, Europe and the Central Asian region. He said, "We have implemented measures to encourage foreign investment with a liberal foreign exchange regime, no restrictions on remittance of profits and returns, effective regulatory framework and legal protection to foreign investments." Prime Minister said that all sectors of Pakistan's economy are now open to foreign investment, and the foreign investors can hold 100 percent equity. Highlighting various opportunities of investment in the country, Prime Minister Gilani said Pakistan is an agrarian economy and with the right investment it has the potential to become the food basket for the region. He said, being the fourth largest fresh milk producer in the world, Pakistan also offers opportunities of investment in dairy sector. Referring to the energy crisis, the Prime Minister said the energy sector is another potential area for foreign investments in coal, oil and gas and other related fields. Pakistan govt is working on the National Trade Corridor Improvement Programme that includes major projects for highways, ports, civil aviation facilities, railways, customs and trade logistics, he added.