Poland eyes tie-up for smart cities.
VADODARA: Poland is keen on partnering in India’s smart cities and industrial corridors – the projects spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself to boost manufacturing sector. Ambassador of Poland in India Tomasz Lukaszuk said during his visit to the city.
The ambassador told TOI that a delegation comprising around 15 CEOs will be visiting India in May this year to explore the partnerships.
Emphasizing on greater economic ties between the two countries, Lukaszuk said the bilateral trade between India and Poland stood at US $ 2 billion.
“But our (Poland’s) bilateral trade with China is US $ 20 billion. Our efforts are to further deepen economic cooperation with India,” the Ambassador said, adding that Polish companies are interested in manufacturing sector apart from renewable energy sector.
“We are looking at strong business relationship with India and also exploring investments in power and mining sectors in many Indian states,” he added.
Lukaszuk was in the city for inauguration of international Indian summer school at city-based Parul Group of Institutes where 44 students from Poland and Germany have come to study under an exchange programme.
Last month during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, a high-level Polish delegation led by Poland’s deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski had visited the state and also met Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel.
During an informal interaction with industrialists, the ambassador recollected on the historical ties between Poland and Gujarat.
“During World War II, Jam Saheb, the ruler of erstwhile Nawanagar-Jamnagar state, had given asylum to Polish refugees that included widows and children. We have always remained grateful to people of Gujarat for that gesture,” said Lukaszuk.
-Prashant Rupera, TNN | Feb 11, 2015,