State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Zbigniew Babalski, participated in the official visit paid by President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, to Kazakhstan.
Photo. President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda with his spouse Agata Kornhauser-Duda and Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Bakhytzhan Sagintayev with the Polish delegation (photo by the Ministry of the Environment)
The main objective of the visit was participation of Polish delegation in the National Day of Poland, celebrated on 7 September at the Astana EXPO 2017 fair. The Polish Ministry of Agriculture actively participated in the activities supporting the presence of our country at this year’s EXPO exhibition, inter alia, by organising a presentation and tasting of Polish high quality products during the National Day of Poland.
The Polish delegation headed by President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, also participated in the opening of the Polish-Kazakh Economic Forum.
As part of the visit, on 6 September, Secretary of State Zbigniew Babalski took part in the bilateral talks with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Askar Myrzahmetov. During the meeting, Deputy Minister Babalski stressed that the Polish Ministry of Agriculture perceived cooperation with Kazakhstan as one of its priorities and expressed his hope for the further intensification of the relations between the Polish and Kazakh Ministries of Agriculture. This intensification is to apply both to the development of trade as well as to strengthening scientific and expert cooperation.
They also discussed the trade-related issues. In bilateral trade in agri-food products, Poland records a positive balance, and the value of the Polish export in 2016 amounted to EUR 47 million, with an upward trend in the first half of 2017.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Askar Myrzahmetov, confirmed the willingness of Kazakhstan to further strengthen cooperation with Poland in the field of agriculture. He stressed that Kazakhstan was interested in increasing trade in agri-food products. He suggested that Poland could consider participation in joint trade and investment projects, which, as he pointed out, would strengthen the position of the partners from both countries in the market in China or the Eurasian Economic Union.
At the meeting, the interlocutors referred to the Agreement for cooperation in the field of agriculture, signed in 2016. They stressed that the Working Group set up on its basis should encourage further strengthening of mutual relations in the agricultural area. Deputy Prime Minister Myrzahmetov expressed his belief that the meetings within the Group would allow for better and more efficient cooperation. He suggested that the first meeting of the Group could take place this November in Kazakhstan.
Both parties welcomed the fact that the Institute of Horticulture in Skierniewice and the Agricultural Technology Transfer and Commercialization Centre from Kazakhstan had signed a cooperation agreement.