Poland’s ambassador to Qatar Janusz Janke has highlighted the existing co-operation and partnership between the two countries in various fields and their keenness to consolidate and develop them, pointing out that despite the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 has been a wonderful year for the bilateral relations between Doha and Warsaw.
The envoy said in a statement to the Qatar News Agency (QNA) on the occasion of Qatar's National Day that by 2019, the annual volume of Poland-Qatar trade reached $ 852.4mn.
Qatar's exports to Poland stood at $750.1mn, consisting mainly of LNG, Janke said, while Poland's exports to Qatar was diverse and stood at a record level of $102.3mn.
He said that the leading products groups included mechanical and electrical devices, agricultural products, and various types of furniture.
He underlined the official launch of the Qatar-Poland Business Council on November 9 to facilitate the growth of trade and investment between both countries, which was preceded by a business forum – the Polish-Qatari virtual roundtable organised by the Polish embassy in Qatar, in co-operation with the Qatar Financial Centre, the Qatari Businessmen Association, and the Qatar Free Zone Authority.
Janke said that the event took the form of a videoconference with parallel in-person networking meetings, with the sectors divided into four, which they see as very promising: energy & IT, aviation, finance & banking, and research, development & innovation.
He explained that the event provided a platform for more than 60 businesses in Poland and Qatar to network and exchange ideas.
The envoy congratulated Qatar’s leadership, government, and people on the National Day, wishing them prosperity and wellbeing.
He continued: "I would like to congratulate the State and its citizens for setting an extraordinary example of commitment, professionalism, and solidarity during these unprecedented times of the pandemic.
“I am genuinely convinced that the fight against the coronavirus pandemic has strengthened Qatar as a nation, and confirmed its place amongst the world's most developed and prosperous countries."
He said that the coronavirus outbreak constituted a global challenge and demanded immediate epidemiological, social and economic action to reduce its impact, stressing that in this unpredictable, ever-changing environment, the effective co-operation between Qatar authorities on one hand, and the citizens and residents on the other, provided the necessary stability and a feeling of safety.
Members of the Polish community in Qatar are particularly grateful for that, he said.
Janke concluded his statement to the QNA by saying that "due to the important learning experience related to the 2017 blockade, the State of Qatar has not only successfully mitigated the economic impact of the pandemic, but also has been lending a helping hand to other nations on all continents".