Today, Undersecretary of State Rafał Romanowski met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Poland, Shigeo Matsutomi. This was the first bilateral meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture since the submission of the credentials by the Ambassador in April 2016.
Photo. Undersecretary of State Rafał Romanowski talking with Ambassador Shigeo Matsutomi
Deputy Minister Romanowski mentioned the 60th anniversary of the renewal of diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan, falling on this year. Both parties expressed satisfaction with the fact that on 18 May the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Poland and Japan signed the Action Plan on the implementation of the strategic partnership between Poland and Japan for the years 2017-2020.
One of the topics of the meeting was a discussion about the upcoming visit of the Japanese delegation to Poland. Deputy Minister Romanowski declared his readiness to make the Japanese partners familiar with the highest standards in agricultural production in Poland. The talks also applied to the possibility of intensifying the export of Polish agri-food products to the Japanese market, in particular abolishing by Japan the ban on the import of Polish pork and poultry. Rafał Romanowski informed that the situation in relation to the occurrence of the ASF virus had been stabilised, and the last outbreak of the disease in pigs took place in September 2016.
Japan has been selected in the promotion plan of agri-food articles for 2017 as one of 14 priority markets in the field of the promotion of the agri-food sector. The significant development of economic cooperation of the Polish and Japanese companies is recorded, as evidenced by the growing trade results and the scale of investment involvement.
In 2016, with regard to trade, the value of trade in agri-food products between Poland and Japan was more than EUR 41.5 million. The main export products are hides and skins, feathers and down, fish fillets, edible beef offal and fruit juices.