AS part of the efforts to boost economic and social relations, Nigeria and Poland have concluded arrangements to set a bi-national commission between the two countries.
Already, the two countries have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the establishment of a mechanism for strategic dialogue. This is a precursor to the establishment of a bi-national commission.
This was the outcome of discussions Thursday between Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and the Polish Prime Minister, Mr. Donald Tusk, who is leading a high-powered delegation of business community to Nigeria.
The two leaders, who met for some hours behind the closed-door, said in a joint communiqué that they held talks on promoting and further strengthening the bilateral relations between Nigeria and Poland, and provided guidance and direction at the bilateral talks held to further enhance their ties of friendship. They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.
In his opening remarks, President Jonathan described Poland as a very important European country with which Nigeria has had very cordial relationship many years ago.
According to him: “We have been co-operating at all international fora that the two countries belong and we have worked together in so many ways.
“This visit today offers us opportunity to exchange views on a number of subject matters, especially those bothering on our economies.
“We reviewed the state of our bilateral relations and acknowledge that we can do more to deepen and uplift our bilateral relations, considered a number of agreements on trade; investment promotion and protection.
These agreements are vital and necessary to boost our bilateral trade and influx of Direct Foreign Investments (FDIs) into our countries.
“We agreed that our priority areas should include trade and investments, infrastructural development, agriculture and allied industries, oil and gas and others including hospitality.”
Tusk described Nigeria as an important partner, given her status as the economic hub of the continent. He said it is not only because of vast natural resources, but also as a result of her human resources, which could serve as change agent to transform the society.
He appreciated the hospitality of Nigeria and Nigerians, especially with the ship-building business for which Poland is known and which has been existing in Nigeria since the 1970s.
Tusk also noted that the proposed Bi-National Commission would open up further vista for business opportunities between the two countries.
The two leaders also discussed the current situation in international environment, especially on Mali, Guinea-Bissau and commended Nigeria’s role within ECOWAS in helping to stabilise the fragile situation in the war-torn areas in the West African sub-region, and in the pursuit of the noble objectives of dislodging the terrorist groups from northern Mali and to restore the territorial integrity of the country.
In that regard, they commended the efforts of the international community through the African Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA). The two leaders underlined their commitment to promote bilateral technical and capacity building, and cooperation in the fields of agriculture and allied industries, trade and investment, culture and tourism, infrastructure development and public works, defence and combating terrorism.
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