Prime Minister Beata Szydło at the international Belt and Road Forum

Prime Minister Beata Szydło participated in the Belt and Road Forum held on 14-15 may in Beijing. The Forum gathers the leaders of countries located along the new Silk Road.

Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

In his speech opening the two-day Belt and Road Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping listed the Polish Amber Road as an example of a successful economic initiative. The Belt and Road Forum is attended by almost 30 heads of state, heads of government and international organisations interested in developing the network of connections with China.

After the inauguration of the Belt and Road Forum, Prime Minister Beata Szydło met with the President of Turkey Recep Erdogan who had declared Turkey’s intention to increase the value of trade with Poland to approx. USD 7-10 billion (from the current 5.5 billion). The Turkish President declared that Turkey was very interested in investing in Poland. The Polish Prime Minister also participated in a bilateral meeting with State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and the former leader of the opposition. Aung San Suu Kyi was interested in the successful transformation in Poland. Other topics discussed at the meeting included intensification of economic cooperation, increase in trade and support for Poland’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the years 2018-2019. Prime Minister Beata Szydło also took part in a bilateral meeting with the President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo who was very interested in the Polish shipbuilding industry. On Monday, Prime Minister Beata Szydło will participate in two plenary sessions during the Roundtable of Leaders, speaking at both sessions, i.e. Policy Synergy for Closer Partnership and Connectivity Cooperation for Interconnected Development.

The flagship project of China is the key concept for its further development. “One Belt, One Road” is a Chinese programme of reviving the Silk Road, intensifying the economic cooperation and building of infrastructure in 60 countries located along the Road. The concept of the New Silk Road was presented in autumn 2013 by the President of the People’s republic of China Xi Jinping. Due to its strategic location, Poland may become an important country on the road from China to the European Union. The railway connection between Łódź and Chengdu is currently a part of the New Silk Road. The visit of the Polish Prime Minister took place at the invitation of the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping.

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