Prime Minister Beata Szydło: High interest in cooperation with Poland

A very important international economic event, the Belt and Road Forum, has come to an end. There is high interest in cooperation with Poland, in terms of both investment and trade, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło summing up her visit to China.

Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

The Prime Minister informed about good talks held in Beijing on economic cooperation between European, Asian and African countries. Numerous good ideas, supported by the will to cooperate, translated into programmes announced in the joint statement, but also into a will to continue talks in this format, stressed Beata Szydło. The next meeting is to take place in two years’ time.

Belt and Road Forum is important for Poland

The Prime Minister stated that participation in the Forum was very important for Poland. First, it was an opportunity to hold talks on economic cooperation with the countries with which Poland does not have frequent contacts on an everyday basis. Second, the Chinese Belt and Road initiative will most likely determine the conditions for economic development in that region in the coming decades, added the Prime Minister.

She added that she had held numerous talks with heads of states and governments from Asia. There is high interest in cooperation with Poland, in terms of both investment and trade. We have numerous opportunities in this regard, stressed the Prime Minister.

During her speech at the Belt and Road Forum, Prime Minister Beata Szydło underlined that for many months the Polish government had been working on common points for the development strategy of Poland and China. I hope that cooperation projects beneficial to both parties will soon be agreed and implemented, she said. The Prime Minister present the priority programme for modernisation of the Polish economy, i.e. the Responsible Development Strategy. In the context of the Belt and Road initiative, Poland is interested in cooperation in fields which will contribute to implementation of our national development strategy, on the one hand, and will make a valuable contribution to the Chinese initiative, on the other hand, said Beata Szydło. She added that it was necessary to avoid situations where the implementation of the promoted project would be “imposed on in any way” or not accepted by all countries. According to Prime Minister Beata Szydło, four years after its launch the Belt and Road initiative seems to have entered into a new dimension. Poland joins the countries which perceive the initiative as an opportunity to develop new and dynamic economic relations, declared the Prime Minister.

Multiple aspects of cooperation

The Prime Minister informed that the talks in Beijing had focused on opportunities for cooperation in investment, tourism, cultural and personal exchange and cooperation between universities.

Poland finds it the most important to translate the cooperation into specific development projects, said the Prime Minister, adding that a direct railway connection between Łódź and Chengdu had already existed. We would like to expand those transport connections. Poland wants to be a transport hub between Asia and Europe and this is how we presented our offer, stated the Prime Minister.

Poland as a central transport hub

The Prime Minister pointed out that Poland was interested in building the Central Transport Hub which could also play such role. We presented the Amber Road initiative which covers transport routes within the framework of the Belt and Road Forum, explained the Prime Minister. She added that Poland was interested in finding investors and offering own investment opportunities under the project.

During her visit to China, the Prime Minister was accopamied by the government representative for the Polish Transport Hub Mikołaj Wild, appointed to the post several days ago. His tasks include preparation and implementation of the investment.

Beata Szydło has estimated that the Belt and Road Forum produces effects on two levels for Poland. The first one consists in participation in the China initiative together with the countries which signed up to it. The second one consists in bilateral talks with the countries which participated in the initiative.