Source: Republic of Poland in English
Poland wants to strengthen economic cooperation with New Zealand, including a free trade agreement between this country and the EU, we would like it to be concluded as soon as possible, Polish President Andrzej Duda said in Auckland (New Zealand) on Wednesday.
The head of state met with the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern. At a joint press conference, Andrzej Duda said that one of the subjects discussed at the meeting was economic cooperation in the context of negotiations between New Zealand and the European Union regarding a free trade agreement.
“We talked about this issue, also in the context of Brexit, because it must be remembered that when the UK come out of the EU, Poland will become the largest economy that does not belong to the Eurozone, a country without additional obligations related to the participation in this zone,” Andrzej Duda said.
He added that after Brexit, Poland will become “the largest proponent of free trade”. In his opinion this is why Poland could playing a crucial role in Europe if Brexit happens.
The President pointed out that Poland wants this contract to be concluded as soon as possible in order to strengthen economic cooperation.
Andrzej Duda noted that the current trade flow between Poland and New Zealand is around USD 200 mln (EUR 173 mln) annually. Nevertheless, “looking at the possibilities, it can be said that huge potential is still not being exploited,” the President said. In his opinion, Poland is a dynamically developing economy, with the 5.0 percent of GDP growth. (PAP)