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Polish envoy calls for enhancing energy cooperation

Poland is interested in further expanding economic and trade relations with Pakistan in all fields, including energy generation, which would give boost to Pakistan-Poland bilateral relations, Ambassador of Poland in Pakistan Dr Andrzej Ananicz said on Tuesday.

During a meeting with Zafar Bakhtawari, president of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), he said that the two countries need to work together in order to identify possible fields of cooperation and to provide proper information to the business communities of the two sides.

Anna Chakori, head of the economic section of Polish mission in Islamabad, was also present on the occasion.

Dr Andrzej said that Poland has well-developed and diversified its economy as its driving force is small and medium-scale businesses, adding that Poland is currently one of the fastest growing country within the European Union (EU).

Poland has advantage of using coal as the primary raw material in the production of their energy and three largest Polish coal mining firms extract around 100 million tons of coal annually, he said.

“Therefore, Poland could provide assistance to Pakistan in the power generation through coal as Poland has great expertise in generating energy through coal,” he said.

Dr Andrzej said that a Polish oil and gas company exploited natural gas in Dadu district and gas production will be started in May, which would help Pakistan meet its energy needs.

Bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding have become instruments of strengthening relations between the two nations, he said, adding that the Polish Embassy would do its best to meet the challenges and support proposals and ideas, which would help achieve common goals.

In his welcome address, Bakhtawari said that deep friendly ties exist between the two countries; however, these relations need to be changed into trade and economic cooperation.

Pakistan always attaches great importance to its relations with Poland, which is an important country in Europe and also the member of the EU as Poland has supported Pakistan at the GSP plus status and to create market access for Pakistani goods in the European markets, he said.

Regarding the issue of ban on Pakistan’s fisheries products, Bakhtawari said that the exports, which were discontinued in 2008 should also be resumed to further enhance the current volume of trade between Pakistan and Poland.

He said that the ICCI is arranging exchange of business delegations with various countries, while in May, it will also plans to take a business delegation to Poland as frequent exchange of business delegations would further strengthen the bilateral relations.

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