Poland, New Zealand seek to boost economic ties: report
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There is great potential for closer business ties between Poland and New Zealand, Polish President Andrzej Duda and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said after meeting in Auckland on Wednesday.
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The two leaders signed four agreements on bilateral cooperation, Poland’s IAR news agency reported.
Ardern said that a free trade agreement between Brussels and Wellington could pave the way for closer collaboration between Poland and New Zealand.
“The conclusion of a quality, comprehensive free trade agreement between New Zealand and the European Union will provide a strong platform for future trade and investment partnerships with Poland,” Ardern said. “It’ll mean more jobs and improved livelihoods for New Zealand and Polish workers alike. We look forward to working through that period of negotiation to that positive outcome,” she added.
Duda said Poland was ready to explore new avenues of collaboration and to benefit more from existing opportunities.
He added he hoped that “more and more Poles will be able to fulfil their dreams of travelling the world and to include New Zealand in their plans as it is no secret that a trip to this country and staying here requires a certain level of wealth.” He said: “Poles are still working their way up but the situation is improving.”
Duda requested that New Zealand include more young Poles in its work and travel programme, the IAR news agency reported.
Duda and Ardern signed a civil aviation agreement to enable air carriers in their countries to offer joint flights.
It is estimated that annual trade between Poland and New Zealand stands at USD 200 million.