This agreement was reached between Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs ShahriarAlam MP and his Polish counterparts during meetings held on 22 April at the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Welfare and Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, respectively.
During meeting with Bangladesh State Minister, the Polish Minister for Family, Labour and Social Welfare Mrs.ElzbietaRafalska mentioned that Poland is now passing best of the economic development phase with low rate of unemployment and higher economic growth (average 3% GDP growth for last few years). Identifying ageing population as well as emigration of skilled Polish workers to Germany, UK and other developed economies of EU or beyond as a major challenge for the Polish economy, she mentioned that Government is currently offering financial incentives (namely, Family + 500) for more children. She informed that some 1 million Ukrainian migrant workers are now working in Poland. The trend is upward for absorption of more workers, as per the assessment of WB: “…with the continued raise in living standards, Poland will increasingly become an attractive destination for immigrants, especially those coming from non-EU countries."
Bangladesh State Minister appreciated the Polish government’s efforts in revitalization of the economy and offered to send skilled Bangladeshi workforce to fill the skills gap that exists in Poland. In response, the Polish Minister informed that her office issued 760 work permits to interested Bangladeshi skilled workers last year and they are open to discuss further scope for collaboration in that regard. In that context, State Minister Alam proposed to establish a Joint Study Group to explore mutually beneficial cooperation in orderly migration of skilled workers, which the Polish Minister immediately agreed to. Minister Alam further raised the issue of difficulty in obtaining visas by Bangladeshi citizens from the Polish Embassy in New Delhi. The Polish Minister assured to take up the matter with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for practical solutions.
During a meeting with Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Polish Deputy Minister for Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation Mr.GrzegorzWitkowskiexpressed keen interest for entering into bilateral cooperation / collaboration in the areas of seaports, shipbuilding, marine science as well as fish processing. The Polish side also showed interest to enter into MoU for cooperation between ports of the two countries. In response, Bangladesh State Minister proposed to establish a Joint Working group to identify all possible areas of cooperation in the promising blue economy sector so that both side may consider entering into MoU on Framework Cooperation in maritime economy/sector in the future. The Polish side agreed to the proposal.
State Minister Shahriar Alam also attended a reception hosted by the Bangladesh community in Poland and exchanged views with them.