On 12-13 May 2017, Secretary of State Jacek Bogucki visited Beijing as part of the official delegation of the President of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Poland, Beata Szydło, to the People’s Republic of China.
Photo. 7th Meeting of the Permanent China-Poland Working Group on Agricultural Cooperation and Food Economy
The Deputy Minister participated in bilateral talks between Prime Minister Beata Szydło, President of the PRC Xi Jinping, and Premier Li Keqiang.
The Secretary of State also met with the Deputy Minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) Li Yuanping, to discuss the subject of food safety and access for Polish agri-food products to the Chinese Market. The meeting summarised technical talks conducted earlier that day on the status of Polish requests for opening the PRC’s market/resumption of imports of selected goods from Poland, led by Chief Veterinary Officer Paweł Niemczuk.
The 7th Meeting of the Permanent China-Poland Working Group on Agricultural Cooperation and Food Economy was also held during the visit. The Polish delegation, led by Deputy Minister Bogucki, included representatives of technical departments of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Chief Veterinary Inspectorate, the Agricultural Market Agency, and the National Veterinary Research Institute. The Chinese party, composed of representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China, was led by Vice-Minister of Agriculture Qu Dongyu.
Discussions focused on current dimensions of Polish-Chinese cooperation in the area of agriculture and prospects of developing the relationship, including in the field of agri-food trade. Discussions also concentrated on matters of expert and scientific cooperation carried out within the framework of the 2015 Agreement between the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland and the Minister of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China as part of the Polish-Chinese Centre for Agricultural Science and Technology. Deputy Minister Bogucki expressed his satisfaction with the progress of joint projects. He also pointed out the need to achieve commercial effects of undertaken activities and further increased contacts, both at the administrative and expert level. The National Veterinary Research Institute in Puławy is the leading institute that remains significantly active in this area. The Institute’s director, Professor Krzysztof Niemczuk, discussed the existing and planned research projects carried out by his unit, paying particular attention to creating a joint laboratory with the official Chinese institute located in Lanzhou.
The Chinese party considers Poland an important economic partner for China. The interest in developing the relationship in a multilateral formula – under the ”Belt and Road” initiative and the ”16+1” format was also emphasized.
Meetings in Beijing allow to make progress in resuming the exports of poultrymeat, hatching eggs and day-old chicks from Poland to China, as well as in broadening the range of Polish agri-food products on the Chinese market.
The Chinese party expressed its will to carry out expert visits in Poland to continue dialogue within the framework of the Poland-China expert group in the context of talks on resuming the export of Polish pork to the Chinese market.