The relationship between Qatar and Poland moves to the next phase with the official visit of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to Poland on Thursday. The Emir will be meeting the Polish President Andrzej Sebastian and other senior officials during his stay.
Number of agreements and memorandums of understanding are expected to be signed between the two countries. Poland acted as a gateway for liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to enter into Europe. Poland signed a 20 year agreement with Qatar in 2009 under which Qatar provides Poland 1.5bn cubic metres of LNG per year.
Relations between the two nations grew strong after the opening of the Polish embassy in Doha in 2006 and Qatar’s embassy in Warsaw in 2008. The relationship also has a historical significance as Poland was one of the first countries to recognise Qatar’s Independence in 1971 and also supported its application to join the United Nations the same year.
A memorandum of understanding in the field of sports was signed between the two countries in 2013. The political consultations have allowed bilateral relations in various fields to develop. Qatar is the third largest trading partner of Poland among the GCC nations.
The visit of Emir is seen as an opportunity to increase investment prospects in the country to Qatari investors and considering the fact that Poland stands 24th among world economics, it would be a major boost.
HH Emir will be seeing various presentation by experts, especially in the fields of agriculture and agro-processing. Poland holds the first position in terms of the pace of development among EU countries. It is also the first country to be benefitted from the European banking funds.