President Andrzej Duda, who was visiting Qatar, emphasized that Poland, as an important importer of local gas, also aspired to become an important supplier for Qatar of high-quality services and products. A promising area of cooperation is the agri-food sector – indicated the president during the 2nd Polish-Qatar Economic Round Table in Doha.
During the second edition of the Polish-Qatar Economic Round Table in Doha, the president recalled that, since 2009, both countries have been bound by a long-term contract for the purchase of Qatar liquefied gas, which is collected at the LNG terminal. President Lech Kaczyński in Świnoujście.
Duda indicated that currently Poland imports about 2.1 million tons of LNG from Qatar annually. In 2020, the value of these deliveries exceeded half a billion dollars.
Gas from Qatar
The president emphasized that the share of raw material from Qatar in commercial supplies accounts for nearly three-quarters of the total volume of LNG delivered to Poland so far. – This shows how important a partner in this respect is Qatar – he said.
– Apart from the energy sector, I see opportunities for developing cooperation in other areas of the economy. We are interested in further strengthening our relationship based on significant potential on both sides. In our trade balance with Qatar, we note a fairly large deficit on our side, which is why we want to have an in-depth dialogue with Qatar partners in order to discuss possible forms of its compensation – either by increasing Polish exports or by adopting Qatar investments – said Duda.
– Recognizing the positive attitude of our Qatari friends and the readiness for constructive cooperation indicated by them, I have no doubt that we will soon be able to work out solutions that would be satisfactory for both sides – he added. The president stated that “Poland, as an important importer of Qatari gas, also aspires to become an important supplier for Qatar of our high-quality services and products.” He assured that Poland has an “interesting, unique technological offer” for Qatar.
Poland – Qatar. Trade exchange
– As the President of the Republic of Poland, I care about the multidimensional development of our economic relations, not limited only to trade, but also involving more advanced forms of cooperation in the field of investment, science, technology and finance. The economies of Poland and Qatar are complementary, which opens the possibility of cooperation in many sectors – he said.
In addition to aviation, energy and the ICT sector, the president assessed, the agri-food sector is a promising area of cooperation. – Poland can offer high-quality food products and innovative technological solutions for use in the Qatar food production industry – emphasized Duda.
– In the perspective of the Football World Cup 2022, we are ready to share our experiences gained during the organization of EURO 2012. I perfectly understand the challenges that Qatar authorities are currently facing. I would like to emphasize that Polish companies also offer innovative solutions in the field of ensuring the safety of mass events or infrastructure management – said the president.
The president expressed his hope that the second edition of the Polish-Qatar Economic Round Table will contribute to establishing many new contacts, and thus will be an impulse to intensify future business relations.
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