Polish-Kazakh talks

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 r.

Today, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Krzysztof Jurgiel, hosted Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Poland, Altay Abibullayev.

Photo. Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel and Ambassador of Kazakhstan during a meeting in the Ministry of Agriculture

Photo. Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel and Ambassador of Kazakhstan during a meeting in the Ministry of Agriculture

The interlocutors expressed their hope that the agreement between the Government of the Republic of Poland and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on cooperation in the field of agriculture signed in August this year will be an impulse to undertake mutually beneficial initiatives.

The Head of the Polish Ministry of Agriculture informed about the interest of Polish entrepreneurs in business cooperation, including investment in the Kazakh agricultural sector. At the same time, he stressed the need for adequate protection of these investments, including through the provision of government guarantees. In this context, Ambassador A. Abibullayev pointed out that the agreement on mutual protection of investments between Poland and Kazakhstan is in force; appropriate agreements have also been signed by the Kazakh side with the KUKE and the BGK.

In the opinion of the Ambassador of Kazakhstan, cooperation with the Polish side could take place mainly within three themes: the policy of export promotion, the model of support for agriculture and the solutions concerning the ownership of agricultural land. The Ambassador presented a proposal to organise a study visit of Kazakh experts in order to learn Polish experience in the above-mentioned scope. Moreover, he proposed considering the establishment of a Polish-Kazakh agricultural fund which would support the implementation of joint projects related to the agri-food sector.

Minister Jurgiel confirmed the readiness of the Polish side, including research institutes, agricultural agencies and inspections, to share knowledge and experience in the field of agriculture with the Kazakh partners. Referring to the proposal to create a Polish-Kazakh agricultural fund, he explained that the decision on this matter would have to be taken on the forum of the Polish Government.

In addition, the Minister expressed his hope for the urgent recognition by the Kazakh side of regionalisation of the Polish territory in connection with the occurrence of cases of African swine fever and the solution of other veterinary issues. The Ambassador noted that these issues are discussed during the ongoing visit of the Kazakh veterinary services in Poland.

The Ambassador reiterated his invitation to trade fair and exhibition events organised this year in Kazakhstan. The Minister informed that participation of Polish companies of the agri-food sector in November's World Food Trade Show in Almaty is planned in the framework of the trade mission organised by the Agricultural Market Agency.