Prime Minister Beata Szydło: We want to show solidarity with African states

If we want to stop illegal migration, if we want these people to have good prospects for life and development in Africa we need to create proper conditions for them to do so. During the summit, among other things, we will discuss this issue, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło to the journalists before the commencement of the 5th African Union - European Union Summit in Abidjan.


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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Bringing illegal migration to an end

As Prime Minister Beata Szydło explained, there are three reasons behind Poland’s presence at the summit. Firstly, we want to show solidarity with African states. Just like the entire European Union we play a role in financing programmes which are meant to facilitate the development of African countries, stated the Prime Minister. If we want to stop illegal migration, if we want the youth to have good prospects for life and development in Africa we need to create proper conditions for them to do so, emphasised the Prime Minister.

Good bilateral relations

The other aim of the Prime Minister’s visit are bilateral relations. We want to establish as many partnerships with African countries as possible, claimed the Prime Minister. During the summit the Prime Minister will discuss economic matters with the leaders of African countries. We want to open new markets for Polish entrepreneurs and we want them to have an opportunity to enter African market, she said. She also declared that Poland will be opening more embassies on the continent.

Climate policy

Poland is an active actor in the global climate policy. We want Polish companies to be able to benefit from the global climate fund, underlined Beata Szydło. She emphasized that during the summit held in Paris Poland declared to participate in the fund.

The Prime Minister reminded that in the next year, Poland will be the host of COP24 climate summit which is going to be held in Katowice. We hope that African and European states taking part in this summit appreciate the Polish proposal for climate policy – said Prime Minister. The focus is on the use of natural resources of each state, policy aimed at the development of each country and protecting their citizens.

Polish membership in the UN Security Council

Prime Minister Beata Szydło also reminded, that from 1 January 2018 Poland will be a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. On this forum we are going to work also with African states and we will discuss matters important for global security – indicated the Prime Minister.

 


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