Sri Lanka and Poland recently held the Third Round of Bilateral Political Consultations in Warsaw, emphasizing their commitment to enhancing bilateral engagement.
The discussions focused on identifying new avenues for cooperation in digital technology, agriculture, fisheries, pharmaceuticals, shipping and ports, defense, tourism, and cyber security.
Notably, collaboration between Colombo and Gdańsk/Gdynia Ports was highlighted to streamline containerized cargo operations, fostering direct exports and imports between the two countries.
Both parties recognized the importance of coordinating efforts in multilateral forums and exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.
State Minister Balasuriya’s meetings with Poland’s Secretary of State for Economic Development & Technology aimed to revitalize the bilateral economic portfolio, focusing on diversifying export baskets, boosting trade and investment flows, and inviting Polish investors to explore opportunities in Sri Lanka’s agriculture, tourism, renewable energy, IT-enabled services, pharmaceuticals, and automobile component manufacturing sectors.
Additionally, discussions with Lot Polish Airlines centered on facilitating travel to Sri Lanka during the upcoming winter season, with assurances given regarding the commencement of direct flights and cargo operations.
State Minister Balasuriya also engaged with representatives of the Sri Lankan community in Poland, discussing their active participation in Sri Lanka’s ongoing economic recovery and reconciliation processes.
The meetings were attended by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Poland, Dhammika Semasinghe, officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Sri Lankan Embassy, as well as Ambassador Barbara Szymanowska, Director of the Asia-Pacific Department, and other senior officials from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The consultations underscored a new direction for economic cooperation, promoting strategic partnerships and shared endeavors between Sri Lanka and Poland.