ISLAMABAD - Poland is interested in further expanding economic and trade relations with Pakistan in all fields including energy generation which would give a new boost to Pak-Poland bilateral relations.
The Ambassador of Poland in Pakistan, HE Dr Andrzej Ananicz stated this during a meeting with MrZafar Bakhtawari, President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI). He said that Pakistan and Poland need to work together in order to identify possible fields of cooperation and to provide proper information to business communities of both the sides. Ms Anna Chakori, Head of Economic section of Polish mission in Islamabad was also present on the occasion.
Dr Andrzej said that Poland has a developed and diversified economy as its driving force is small and medium scale businesses, adding that Poland is currently one of the fastest growing countries within the EU.
He said that Poland has advantage of using coal as the primary raw material in production of its energy and three largest Polish coal mining firms extract around 100 million tonnes of coal annually. Therefore, Poland could provide assistance to Pakistan in power generation through coal of which the country has very huge reserves as Poland has great expertise in generating energy through coal, he maintained.
Dr Andrzej said that a Polish Oil & Gas Company exploited natural gas in District of Dadu in Sindh and gas production will be started in May 2013 which would help Pakistan to meet its energy needs.
Polish Ambassador said that bilateral agreements and MoUs have become instruments of strengthening relations between the two nations and said that Polish Embassy in Pakistan would do its best to meet challenges and support any proposals and ideas, which would help achieve common goals.
In his welcome address, Mr Zafar Bakhtawari, President ICCI said that deep friendly ties exist between Pakistan and Poland, however, these relations need to be changed into trade and economic cooperation.
ICCI President said that Pakistan always attaches great importance to its relations with Poland which is an important country in Europe and also the member of European Union as Poland has supported Pakistan at GSP plus status and to create market access for Pakistani goods in European markets.
Regarding the issue of ban on Pakistan’s fisheries products, Mr Bakhtawari said the export which was discontinued in 2008 should also be resumed which would further enhance the current volume of trade between Pakistan and Poland.
ICCI President said that ICCI is arranging exchange of business delegations with different countries while in May, 2013 ICCI will also have plan to take a business delegation to Poland as frequent exchange of business delegations would further strengthen bilateral relations between two countries.