Today, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Krzysztof Jurgiel, welcomed the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Morocco to the Republic of Poland, Youns Tijani. The meeting was dedicated, first of all, to the current issues in the bilateral relations and to the plans for 2016.
The Minister expressed his hope to intensify existing Polish-Moroccan cooperation. He referred, in particular, to the procedures regarding access of Polish agri-food products to the Moroccan market. Minister Jurgiel asked for their fastest possible completion, in the context of the very good bilateral contacts. He pointed out that the priority for Polish agriculture remained the production of safe food of high quality. He also declared the readiness of the Polish veterinary and phytosanitary services to cooperate closely with their Moroccan counterparts, and invited those institutions to visit Poland. The head of the Polish ministry of agriculture stressed the high growth rate in the value of the export of Polish agri-food products to the Moroccan market and expressed his belief that the consumers would also appreciate the taste and quality of other products. Recognition of Polish food should also be fostered by participation of the Polish exhibitors in the MAFEX fair in December 2015.
In addition, Minister K. Jurgiel stressed the readiness of the Polish party to develop contacts in the field of agricultural sciences. In this context, the Ambassador stressed the very good reputation of the Polish achievements with regard to the manufacture of agricultural machinery and equipment and expressed his interest in the development of cooperation in that regard.
The Ambassador congratulated the Minister on taking the office and expressed the will of further cooperation.
He presented the potential of Moroccan agriculture and the development strategies currently implemented in that sector. Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel expressed his interest in experiences of the Moroccan party in the field of land reclamation and the functioning of the aid fund for food producers affected by drought.
Referring to the issues presented, the Ambassador expressed his understanding for the Polish postulates, while expressing the will to cooperate with regard to the continuation of talks on enabling the export of Polish agri-food products to the Moroccan market.
The Moroccan party invited Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel to visit Morocco. In addition, the parties expressed their interest in organising a bilateral meeting of the Polish and Moroccan Ministers of Agriculture during Gruene Woche fair to be held in January in Berlin, where Morocco was a partner country.