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Poland deputy FM calls for harnessing Amman-Warsaw trade potential

By Batool Ghaith - Sep 21,2021 - Last updated at Sep 21,2021

Pawel Jablonski

AMMAN — The trade volume between Poland and Jordan is over $100 million and still growing, according to Pawel Jablonski, Poland’s deputy minister of foreign affairs.

Jablonski said that there have been discussions between the two countries for more economic cooperation.

“There is a great potential for more economic cooperation between Poland and Jordan in the future, as I have met with the business community at the Jordan Chamber of Commerce and the Jordanian Businessmen Association (JBA),” Jablonski told The Jordan Times during an interview on Tuesday.

“I am absolutely certain that we will be able to bring our business communities together and enlarge the volume of trade between Jordan and Poland and have bilateral business contacts on a much higher scale,” he added.

Jablonski noted that the purpose behind his current visit to Jordan is to engage in “bilateral and political consultations with the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs”, and to discuss the state of the two countries’ political and diplomatic relations, as well as their cooperation in different areas.

According to Jablonski, the political relations between the two countries have recently been “really good”. Poland is looking forward to host His Majesty during his visit to Warsaw, he added.

“This would be yet another sign of a very important friendship between the two countries. Poland shares the same Jordanian approach to many issues, especially when it comes to the stability in the Middle East,” he noted.

Jablonski pointed out that Poland supports and appreciates the Jordanian government’s commitment to supporting refugees.

“I had the chance to visit Zaatari refugee camp during my visit, where Poland is implementing projects related mostly to medical care for the Syrian refugees, in cooperation with various non-governmental organisations,” he said.

Poland is also implementing similar medical projects in the Jordan Valley area, with the support of the Jordanian government, for maternity care for women. The projects are concentrated in the poorer neighbourhoods and villages, which have limited access to medical care, Jablonski said.

He added that the two most promising sectors of cooperation between Poland and Jordan are renewable energy and the ICT sector, as Poland is developing rapidly towards a greener and more digitalised economy.

“We are very eager to find partners to endorse this governmental acceleration of technology. Jordan has great potential in both fields, especially the ICT sector,” he added.

Jablonski also said that Poland is eager to boost tourism between the two countries, as it was “significantly intense” prior to the pandemic.

“I appreciate the Jordanian hospitality and I hope that our nations and people get together and learn more about each other once tourism is back again to the way it was before,” he said.

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