New opportunities for cooperation with India

Thursday, 27 April 2017 r.

An agreement on agricultural cooperation was signed today between Poland and India.

Photo. Signing of the agreement (photo by Chancellery of the Prime Minister)

Photo. Signing of the agreement (photo by Chancellery of the Prime Minister)

It was signed by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Krzysztof Jurgiel and the Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh.

It took place during the meeting between Prime Minister Beata Szydło and the Vice President of the Republic of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari.

The primary objective of signing the Agreement is to develop and coordinate bilateral cooperation in the agricultural sector, identify barriers and obstacles to trade relations and taking action to eliminate them. The Agreement aims to strengthen bilateral scientific and technical cooperation in the agricultural sector.

Cooperation with India in the agri-food sector is one of the priorities of the Polish Government. The Indian market is seen as important, and prospective. Thanks to the agreement, agricultural cooperation will have appropriate legal framework. Poland, as one of the largest producers and exporters of food in the world, having state-of-the-art processing technologies, may participate in modernising Indian agriculture. In this context, cooperation between research institutes from both countries will be important.

India is among the economic leaders of South Asia, and constitutes an attractive destination for Polish exports and investments. The size of the market and great achievements in developing modern technologies put the country among Poland's most important economic partners in Asia.

Last year, India has been selected by the Polish Government as one of the 5 most prospective markets for our exporters and investors. In addition, India qualified to several promotional industry programmes, which will increase financial backing for Polish companies interested in the Indian market.

In July 2016, the Ministry of Development selected 5 prospective markets where it will be intensively promoting Polish economy for the next 3 years.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Beata Szydło thanked the Vice President of the Republic of India for inviting Poland to participate – as a partner country – in World Food India, which will be held in November 2017 in New Delhi.

– I consider this invitation a recognition of Poland’s growing role as an important producer and exporter of high-quality food – the Prime Minister said.