The state visit of Polish President Andrzej Duda to Qatar this year is expected to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries, particularly in the field of energy, aviation, and banking and investments, Polish ambassador Janusz Janke has said.
“We already have a very strong relationship with Qatar, importing one-third of our gas in LNG (liquefied natural gas) from Qatar, so Qatar is contributing a lot to Polish energy security and we are very strong in IT (information technology),” the envoy told Gulf Times.
He was speaking on the sidelines of a recently-held cultural event at the Doha Fire Station, which marked the 100th birth anniversary of renowned Polish science-fiction writer Stanislaw Lem.
A recently-held Polish embassy cultural event at the Doha Fire Station marked the 100th birth anniversary of renowned Polish science-fiction writer Stanislaw Lem.
He noted that the visit will also witness the holding of the 2nd Qatari – Polish Business roundtable and the signing of a number of agreements.
Poland, Janke added, is looking forward to some joint projects with Qatar, which he said has a great IT infrastructure and a country that aims to become a regional Information and Communication and Technology hub with its partnership with Microsoft and Google on cloud computing.
“We would like to discuss co-operation in this field, plus of course, we are going to talk about investments during this visit, we are going to organise the 2nd Qatari – Polish Business roundtable, divided into three areas: energy, aviation, and banking and investments,” he said.
Janke added that the visit of the Polish president could possibly take place during the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, scheduled from November 30 to December 18 – an opportunity to see the stadiums and various developments in the country.
According to the envoy, economic and security issues, among others, are also expected to be tackled during President Duda’s visit, in addition to exchanging views regarding some challenges.
Janke also highlighted the strong relations between Qatar and Poland in the area of culture and arts, saying that Katara – the Cultural Village has invited them to promote Polish culture in the country, especially during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The embassy, he said, is ready to respond to Katara’s invitation as it mulls to organise cultural events such as street performances and “some aspects of our culinary arts” as part of this collaboration. He also expects performers from Poland to come to Qatar next year as the Covid19 situation continues to improve.
“Classical music is popular here, we have a great co-operation with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, and just before Covid we had a great concert,” he said, adding that they also have close cooperation with Katara, Qatar Museums, and the Qatar National Library.