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Bilateral relations of Tajikistan with Poland

Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Poland were established on February 11, 1992.     

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan to the Republic of Poland (with residence in Berlin) is Mr. Maliksho Nematov.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Poland to the Republic of Tajikistan (with residence in Tashkent) is Mr. Petr Ivashkevich.

Political cooperation (exchange of visits). On April 17, 1995 in Dushanbe the President of the Republic of Tajikistan received the Special Representative of the President of Poland. During the meeting the parties discussed the ways of cooperation and establishment of  bilateral trade and economic relations.

On April 17, 1998 the visit of Acting Chairman of Poland to the OSCE/Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Geremek to Tajikistan took place. During the visit the Acting Chairman Bronisław Geremek met with the President of Tajikistan and Prime Minister, as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Bilateral relations between Tajikistan and Poland started to be more intensive at the beginning of 2000.

The foundation for development of friendly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation was laid during the official visits of the President of the Republic of Poland to Tajikistan in October, 2002 and the President of the Republic of Tajikistan to Poland in May, 2003. During the official visits were signed nine interstate and intergovernmental documents in the field of economy, culture and struggle against crime, which created legal base between our countries.

On October 11, 2016, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Muzaffar Huseinzoda received the Ambassador of Poland to Tajikistan (with residence in Tashkent) Petr Ivashkevich. During the meeting the sides discussed the current state and prospects of development of bilateral and multilateral relations between Tajikistan and Poland, including in the political, socio-economic, cultural, educational, tourist areas, as well as the issues of expanding the legal framework of cooperation between the two countries.

Economic cooperation. One of the main interests of Tajik and Polish diplomats and experts is trade and economic cooperation.

In this regard, in September 2006, the meetings between Tajik and Polish experts in the ministries of Industry, Economy and Trade in Dushanbe were held. These meetings facilitated the intensification of a dialogue to find mutually beneficial areas of cooperation in the fields of economic and trade between two countries. At the same time, Polish participation in the International Exhibition "Tajik-Build" in Dushanbe in late 2006, showed the first steps taken in the direction of analysis of the Tajik market and its opportunities.

With the aim to develop bilateral trade and economic cooperation, Polish Delegation headed by the Deputy Minister of Economy Mr. Martin Korolets visited Tajikistan on November 3-4, 2009. During this visit Polish delegation had a number of meetings with Tajik officials as well as representatives of leading enterprises and companies of Tajikistan, which were followed by signing of Intergovernmental Agreement on Economic Cooperation, which gave a new impulse to the development of economic cooperation between Tajikistan and Poland. According to the Agreement on Economic Cooperation the two sides regularly conduct Intergovernmental Commission on Economic and Trade Cooperation.

In this regard, on October 25-26, 2010 Warsaw hosted the first meeting of Tajik-Polish Intergovernmental Commission on Economic and Trade cooperation.

The second session of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic and Trade Cooperation was held on October 27-28, 2011 in Dushanbe.

The third session of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic and Trade cooperation between two countries was convened on November 6-7, 2012 in Warsaw. During the meeting the sides studied the prospects of Tajik-Polish economic cooperation and determined concrete directions for further cooperation in various areas of mutual interest. By results was signed the Protocol of session as well as Intergovernmental Agreement on Tourism.  

The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic and Trade Cooperation took place on 6-7 June, 2014 in Dushanbe. Meeting enabled to discuss a wide range of the issues of mutual concern and interest, including bilateral trade and economic cooperation. At the end of that meeting, the sides have signed a Protocol with the view to enhance bilateral economic relations. Also on June 6, 2014 in the framework of session was conducted the Business Forum between business quarters of the Republic of Tajikistan and Republic of Poland.

The volume of foreign trade of Tajikistan with Poland in 2015 reached 5088,5 thousand US dollars (export 661,0 thousand US dollars, import 4427,5 thousand US dollars).

For 9 months of 2016 this indicator made up 4 802,6 thousand USD (import – 4 718,3 thousand USD and export – 84,3 thousand USD).

It is necessary to note, that the export from Tajikistan to Poland includes raw materials as cotton-fiber, silk-raw, aluminum.

Cultural cooperation. The cooperation in cultural and humanitarian spheres is based on the Intergovernmental Agreement on cooperation in the fields of Culture, Education and Science signed in 2003.

From this date cultural and educational ties between two countries have been intensively developing.

A Polish film festival was held in Dushanbe in autumn 2005. In their term, Tajik masters of national craft participate in various fairs and festivals organized in Poland.

In September 2007 eight young scientists were selected to continue their scientific studies in Polish universities within the framework of the program of the Polish government. Polish teachers come to Tajikistan to teach Tajik students Polish language within the university exchange program.

On 15th November 2010 on the occasion of Independence Day of Poland, the Embassy of Poland in Tashkent had organized a classic music concert in Tajik National Conservatory.

In 2014 Khujand city hosted Polish Film Festival “Visla” organized by Polish Embassy in Tashkent and Polish Institute of Cinema Art. The grand opening of the festival in Khujand was held on December 13 in the cinema "Dzhavonon" with the participation of representatives of Tajik authorities and cinematography. The festival began with the presentation of the romantic comedy M. Okorna "Letters to M".

On June 16, 2015 in Dushanbe and Khujand was held the Polish Film Festival.  And on the occasion of the visit of Vice Marshal of the Sejm of Poland Jerzy Venderlih to Tajikistan on July 3, 2015 at the State Conservatory in Dushanbe was held the concert of Polish classical music.

Inter-parliamentary cooperation. On 19-20 July, 2012 the Member of the Civic Platform of the European Parliament Pawel Zalewski visited Dushanbe, Kulob and Khorog and in the framework of his visit he met with the Chairman of Parliament (Majlisi namoyandagoni Majlisi Oli) Shukurjon Zuhurov and also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hamrokhon Zarifi and Minister of economic development and trade Sharif Rahimzoda.  

On July 3-4, 2015 the Delegation of the Polish Sejm led by Vice Marshal of the Sejm of Poland Jerzy Venderliha visited Tajikistan. During the visit, meetings were held with the Deputy Chairman of the Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan S. Felaliev and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Nizomiddin Zohidi.

And also in the framework of the visit the Polish Delegation visited Nurek city and an excursion to the  Nurek hydropower plant was organized for the Delegation.

Legal framework of bilateral cooperation includes more than 15 bilateral agreements.


22.12.2016

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