President for greater Polish presence at global sessions
I would like Poland to be visible at major global meetings, as this translates into commercial and political benefits, President Andrzej Duda Wednesday told the Polish TVP Info news channel in Davos, Switzerland.
Andrzej Duda, in Davos for the ongoing World Economic Forum, said the meeting was attended not only by economic leaders, but also politicians, and observed that both spheres were inseparable.
"This is a place where two worlds meet - the worlds of business and politics, which are inseparably connected," the President said.
President Duda said his role at the Davos talks was to promote Polish enterprise and encourage investment in Poland.
"As the Polish President, I would like Poland to be visible at major global meetings as this translates into commercial and political benefits," Andrzej Duda told TVP Info.
Commenting on his Tuesday evening's informal talks with several state leaders, Andrzej Duda described the meetings as "very interesting" and said they mainly concerned European security, military cooperation and humanitarian aid.
President Duda said he wanted Poland to be a gateway to the EU for China, and observed that this aim could be served by a planned Central Transportation Port in central Poland.
Asked about Poland's interests at the forum, Andrzej Duda said he wanted to promote Poland as an open and active country and an attractive investment site. In this context, he recalled the Polish-Croatian Three Seas Initiative which promotes cooperation in energy, transport and infrastructure between the Central-East European EU members.
In an interview for the Polish public news channel TVP Info, President Duda said he would encourage other countries and companies to invest in Poland. "I believe that Poland is a safe country that is open to investment and has well-educated labour force."
Apart from developing its potential, Poland should encourage young emigrants to return to the country. "We need to make sure earnings are the best possible," he added.
The President said "no contracts" would be signed during the meetings in Davos. "We are going to promote Poland, we have come here to promote economic growth in Poland's interest," Andrzej Duda stressed.
Asked about Poland's achievements that could be highlighted in Davos, the president named the government's flagship child benefit scheme, "500 Plus", and "increasingly better investment conditions." Foreign investors are also impressed by the country's economic growth that has continued "uninterrupted for years," according to Duda.
Accompanying Duda in Davos is Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki.
The World Economic Forum in Davos will continue until Friday. (PAP)