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Polish delegation aims to boost collaboration in key areas

2. deputy minister at chamber of commerce
(Photos: Handout from Sarah Abu-Sa’ad)
AMMAN — A Polish delegation paid a two-day visit to Jordan September 20, headed by Paweł Jabłoński, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Undersecretary of State for Economics and Development Cooperation for Africa and the Middle East.اضافة اعلان

Jabłoński was accompanied on his tour by the Polish Ambassodor in Jordan Lucjan Karpiński, T. Jamroy, Director of Economic Cooperation at the ministry, and P. Ozcan-Karolewska, Director of the Department of Africa and the Middle East at the ministry.

The visit aims to bolster Jordan-Poland relations and continue previous collaborations in the areas of defense, politics, economics, and humanitarian support.

“I am on a mission to further boost our relationship with Jordan, to have better relations between our two countries,” Jabłoński told Jordan News in an interview, “especially in critical sectors such as defense, which Jordan has been developing excellently.” The deputy minister noted the Kingdom’s “phenomenal effort” in the last couple of years, especially when the Polish president visited Jordan in 2017 and in 2019 during the visit of the Polish foreign minister.

The delegation visited different areas in the country, including the Polish Medical Training and Consultancy Center at Zaatari Camp to monitor the progress of the cancer screening project for Syrian Refugees. The project uses advanced Artificial Intelligence that can provide early detection of cancer. The project was funded by Poland and implemented by the Jordan Health and Aid Society International (JHASI). 

The delegation also visited Syrian refugee families to check on their socioeconomic condition following the pandemic. “We greatly appreciate the Jordanian efforts to assist Syrian refugees, and helping them find shelter and accommodating them in their dire circumstances,” Jabłoński said.

“We underline the European efforts in dealing with the crisis, and we all should invest in the projects that help refugees to meet their daily needs. We believe very strongly in projects in the health sector,” Jabłoński said. He said that the Polish health projects are being implemented through channels of support, through the Polish embassy and “trusted” NGOs and organizations in Jordan.

He said that the Polish government is aware of the huge struggle Jordanians face in getting medical care, so they are now implementing health projects in the Jordan Valley for maternity care, focusing on the poorest areas in the villages, where women have limited access to quality health care.

To open doors and improve trade and investment conditions for entrepreneurs from both countries, the deputy minister said that the economic collaboration talks held focused on two areas: the first one was digitalization and establishing a smart economy, and the second was on renewable energy.

The Polish delegation met with Nael Kabariti, Chairman of the Board of the Jordan Chamber of Commerce, and the Jordan Business Association representative (JEBA). The delegation concluded their visit with a meeting with Mohammad Al-Taani, the Secretary-General of the Arab Renewable Energy Commission (AREC).

“Developing smart economies in all sectors, public and private, comes from our desire to share our experience in Poland. But it’s not just that we want to sell products, but have our IT specialists that are willing to work with Jordanian counterparts to create tailor-made solutions for the needs of the Jordanian market,” Jabłoński said, in addition to creating economic incentive programs like those in Poland for those who work to develop renewable energy and digital sectors.

“The most promising sector is renewable energy. Poland is an economy that has transformed from a coal-based economy to heavily investing in renewables, solar and wind energy. We have invested in technologies that helped to manage and allocate resources better,” Jabłoński said, adding that he sees “many potentials” in Jordan, and that the system is more organized and digitized now and needs to be more efficient.

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