Published at: The Financial Express, February 12, 2019
Poland’s first Deputy Minister of Energy Grzegorz Tobiszowski on Wednesday said the Polish government is ready to invest US$ 1.0 billion in Bangladesh, mainly in mining sector including coal mining.
The Polish Deputy Minister of Energy met Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at the latter’s office and discussed the matter.
Apart from bilateral issues, views on regional and international issues of mutual concern were exchanged during the meeting.
Both sides agreed to maintain cooperation in different multilateral platforms.
The Polish Deputy Minister of Energy noted the existing friendly relations between the two countries and stressed enhancing cooperation, particularly in the sectors like science and technology, industry, trade and commerce.
He said the Polish side is interested to sign MoU/agreement on cooperation in those fields to strengthen the existing bilateral relations.
Recalling the support of Poland in Liberation War in 1971, Foreign Minister Dr Momen expressed gratitude to the Polish people and stressed further enhancing the existing bilateral relations between the two time-tested friendly countries in the days ahead.
He thanked the Polish government for extending support for the Rohingya crisis and urged the Polish government to continue its support for ensuring safe and dignified return of Rohingya from Bangladesh to Myanmar, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.
On trade issues, he mentioned the Polish government may import pharmaceuticals from Bangladesh on large scale considering the quality and price in addition to RMG.
The Deputy Minister assured Dr Momen of conveying this message to the appropriate authorities in Poland.
Mentioning the investment-friendly environment of Bangladesh, Dr Momen invited the Polish investment in Bangladesh in the sector like- energy, leather and footwear, agro-processing, food processing and packaging.
He also urged the Polish government to recruit Bangladeshi semi-skilled and skilled workers and professionals in the sectors like healthcare, construction, agriculture, industries and tourism to fulfill labour shortage in Poland.
He also asked to consider easing visa issuance process for Bangladeshi businessmen, visitors and students.
Putting emphasis on the cooperation in Blue Economy, the Foreign Minister suggested that the two countries may explore the possible areas of cooperation in the promising blue economy sector, reports UNB.