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  • 24 August 2018

    The official visit of the Polish Presidential Couple to New Zealand took place on 22 and 23 August 2018. President Andrzej Duda held political and economic meetings in Auckland.

    President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda were officially welcomed by Governor General Patsy Reddy and her husband David Gascoigne at a ceremony in Auckland.


    The Presidential Couple then took part in an observance at the War Memorial Museum, where the President laid a wreath at the World War Two Hall of Memories monument. Later, the Presidential Couple together with Governor General Reddy viewed an exhibition devoted to Marshal Józef Piłsudski, prepared for the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence. The exhibition is organised jointly by the Polish Embassy in Wellington and the Auckland War Memorial Museum.


    The head of state met with the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern. At a joint press conference, Andrzej Duda said that one of the subjects discussed at the meeting was economic cooperation in the context of negotiations between New Zealand and the European Union regarding a free trade agreement.


    "Poland wants to strengthen economic cooperation with New Zealand, including a free trade agreement between this country and the EU, we would like it to be concluded as soon as possible", Polish President Andrzej Duda said in Auckland.



    "We talked about this issue, also in the context of Brexit, because it must be remembered that when the UK come out of the EU, Poland will become the largest economy that does not belong to the Eurozone, a country without additional obligations related to the participation in this zone," Andrzej Duda said.



    He added that after Brexit, Poland will become "the largest proponent of free trade". In his opinion this is why Poland could playing a crucial role in Europe if Brexit happens.


    Andrzej Duda noted that the current trade flow between Poland and New Zealand is around USD 200 mln (EUR 173 mln) annually. Nevertheless, "looking at the possibilities, it can be said that huge potential is still not being exploited," the President said. In his opinion, Poland is a dynamically developing economy, with the 5.0 percent of GDP growth.


    In Auckland, Andrzej Duda spoke with opposition leader Simon Bridges.


    On Thursday morning, 23rd of August in Auckland, President Andrzej Duda met with representatives of New Zealand business. The meeting, hosted by the New Zealand Trade Minister  David Parker, took place at the Skycity Auckland Convention Center.

    The Business Roundtable was attended by representatives of New Zealand companies currently trading and those interested in trade with Poland, as well as Polish entrepreneurs. It was also a great opportunity for networking. The President expressed hope that his visit would be an impulse to increase the interest of Polish entrepreneurs in the New Zealand market, and New Zealand business in the Polish market. Entrepreneurs pointed to the increasing role of Poland and its economic growth.

    On June 21, 2018, New Zealand and the European Union officially launched the FTA negotiation process and on July 21st the first negotiation round was completed.

    Polish export to New Zealand is dominated by electromechanical products, which in 2017 amounted to 94.3 million USD. The share of this product group in total Polish exports amounts to over 70%.

    In New Zealand exports to Poland in 2017, agri-food products were the most important. The food imported from New Zealand is dominated by: fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates, meat and edible offal. The value of imports of these goods amounted to USD 36 million, which accounted for 64% of the global value of imports from New Zealand.



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