We are counting on more involvement by Chinese businesses in Polish projects, President Andrzej Duda said Monday opening a Polish-Chinese Economic Forum in Shanghai.
In his address Andrzej Duda noted that Poland's assets were political and economic stability. "The recent elections have produced a government with a lasting parliamentary majority, which is ready to launch ambitious economic undertakings, among others connected with infrastructural investment. We count on more involvement by Chinese enterprise", Duda said.
Referring to China's One Belt, One Road project involving the construction of transport corridors between China and Europe, Andrzej Duda emphasised that it was a big chance for Poland. "Polish authorities and Polish enterprise are very interested in projects foreseen under this ambitious plan", the president remarked, adding that owing to its location Poland could play a major role in the undertaking.
At a later press conference Duda said Poland's access to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was a "decided step towards One Belt, One Road".
"This clearly shows that we want to be a serious partner in this huge project. A serious partner and China's door to Europe", president Duda declared. He added that Poland wanted China's new Silk Road to run through Poland and hoped to become a logistic hub for future Chinese investment.
Commenting Polish-Chinese relations, Duda said they had never been as good as today. "I am sure that quite soon Chinese enterprise vying investment option in Europe will first turn to Poland", he said.
Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ) head Slawomir Majman told PAP that the forum produced eight bilateral agreements embracing among others exports of Polish dairy and agri products, R&D cooperation and sales of Polish mining equipment to China.
AIIB is a new Chinese initiative designed as an alternative to US-dominated international financial institutions like the World Bank (WB) or the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The bank is also to function as a driver of Chinese investment and growth. Its main shareholders will be China (30 percent), India (7.5 percent) and Russia (5.9 percent).(PAP)