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  • 13 September 2017

    “The founding of ASEAN raised the political, social and cultural dimensions of relations between Southeast Asian nations to a new, much higher level,” said Deputy Minister Marek Magierowski opening the 50th anniversary celebrations of establishing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Warsaw.

    “Over the last 50 years, the organisation has been pursuing its political objectives through consensus, reducing conflicts and disputes in international policy to a minimum,” recalled the deputy head of the MFA.


    “Our current trade turnover with ASEAN already amounts to USD 6.7 billion. I want to encourage Polish companies to tap into the region’s potential by expanding into Asian markets, specifically the Southeast Asia markets. We are trying to support this cooperation through our increased diplomatic presence in the ASEAN countries. Last month I had the honour of presenting a note to Madame Ambassador Paez officially communicating the re-opening of the Polish Embassy in Manila,” stressed the MFA deputy head during his address.

     


    The deputy minister noted that Poland is interested in sustaining bilateral political contacts with the ASEAN countries, as evidenced by the President of Singapore’s visit to Poland in May or the planned visits by President Andrej Duda to Vietnam and by the State Counsellor of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, to Poland. In the context of relations between Poland and the ASEAN countries, the deputy chief of Polish diplomacy also referred to the presence of Myanmar on the list of priority countries for Polish development aid, and to the academic exchange and the continued presence of students from the ASEAN countries at Polish universities.

     


    ASEAN, founded in 1967, has 10 member states: the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand (the founding members) and Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. Poland has been steadily developing its economic cooperation with the ASEAN states. In 2016, Poland’s major partners were: Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. In 2016, exports to the entire region amounted to USD 1.5 billion, while imports exceeded USD 5 billion. The official celebrations of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN in Warsaw were organised by the Embassy of the Philippines, the current chair of the organisation, together with the Centre for International Relations.

     

     


    MFA Press Office

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