Polish president urges US businessmen to see Poland as regional hub

2019-06-17 21:40 update: 2019-06-18, 17:26
Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Poland, one of the biggest countries in Central Europe, has the ambition to become a business, communications and energy hub in the region, President Andrzej Duda said in Menlo Park, California, on Monday.

The Polish president made his remarks at the opening event of the Polish-US New Technology Forum in the US town of Menlo Park, where a range of new technology firms have their headquarters, including the social media giant Facebook.

The Polish Investment and Trade Agency organised the forum to present the potential of Poland's technology sector and enable Polish entrepreneurs to establish business contacts with the world's biggest IT companies, venture capital funds and potential partners from Silicon Valley.

Central Europe has good East-West connections, but not so much in the North-South direction, Duda said, adding that Poland aimed to bridge the gap.

"We want to link the Baltic states with Bulgaria, Greece and Croatia. This is our great aspiration and I believe that it's also an opportunity for your companies," the president told businesspeople gathered at the forum.

Duda also said that in the regional Three Seas Initiative Poland had the ambition to become "a hub from which business, communication and energy opportunities will radiate."

The Three Seas Initiative, a joint project of the Polish and Croatian presidents, is a platform for cooperation of the presidents of twelve countries situated between the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Seas. Its aim is to boost cooperation in the region in such areas as infrastructure, energy, transport and digitalisation.

The Three Seas Initiative brings together Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. The region constitutes nearly one-third of the EU's total area and has more than 112 million inhabitants.

Monday was the final day of President Duda's six-day visit to the United States, which started on Wednesday at the White House, where Duda held talks with US President Donald Trump. The two presidents announced that US will increase its military presence in the eastern NATO member by 1,000 more soldiers, bringing the total number to around 5,500. (PAP)jd/ej