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POLAND: U.S.-Polish Relations

The Polish Chamber of Commerce, which was announced by PM Morawiecki at the beginning of the month, was opened on Monday in Washington. Deputy Prime Minister Gowin and Entrepreneurship Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz represented Poland. They argued that as many as 40-50 Polish companies can invest in the U.S. within the year. Gowin also signed a U.S.-Poland Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation. The US State Department stated that this agreement facilitates joint research, conferences, and data exchange. Later, Gowin argued that he especially hopes for the development of the biotechnology and biomedicine sector in Poland, through cooperation with the U.S.

On Thursday, the 3rd U.S.-Poland Business Summit will be inaugurated in Warsaw by President Andrzej Duda. The main guest from the American administration will be Elisabeth Erin Walsh, Assistant Secretary of Commerce. On the side-lines, American investors interested in investing in Poland will meet presidential Minister Krzysztof Szczerski today.

After a period of strained relations, the PiS ruling party is welcoming this opportunity of more intense exchanges with America. For Poland, a drawn-out conflict with Washington is a worst-case scenario in terms of foreign policy. Szczerski has previously mentioned that President Trump and Duda could still meet this year, which would be final proof that good relations are restored. This, however, is not likely to be confirmed anytime soon.