Poland is reopening its diplomatic mission in the Philippines after 22 years of absence in the country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.
The move was announced by Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski in his address on Poland’s foreign policy thrusts and priorities in 2016, which he delivered at the Sejm or parliament on Monday, the DFA said, quoting a Philippine embassy report.
“We want to expand our economic cooperation with Asia by re-creating diplomatic posts in such countries as Mongolia and the Philippines,” Waszczykowski said in his speech, but did not say the exact date of the reopening of its diplomatic mission in Manila.
Philippine ambassador to Poland Patricia Ann Paez, who was present at the Sejm during the foreign minister’s address, believes the move “will accelerate the deepening of our country’s relations with Poland at all levels and in all their dimensions.”
“It will also spur the full realization of their potentials. Both countries share the same values of democracy and freedom as well as adherence to the rule of law; have parallel experiences in national transformation; and share the same faith as Catholic nations,” Paez said.
The Philippine Embassy in Poland was first opened in 1990 but was closed in 1993. It was reopened in 2009 by then Ambassador Alejandro del Rosario.
Poland opened its chancery in Manila in 1993 but closed it in 1994. Presently, the Philippines, together with Brunei, are under the jurisdiction of Poland’s Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
The DFA said the reopening of Poland’s diplomatic representation in Manila indicates that “it has fully taken into account the Philippines’ economic dynamism and political vibrancy.”
It also noted that the official visit of Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario to Warsaw in 2014 for the first-ever ministerial level meeting between Poland and the Philippines eventually led to the Polish government’s decision “to shift our relations to its highest gear.”
Poland, the DFA said, has been consistently posting positive growth rates for at least two decades.
Its Gross Domestic Product grew by 3.6 percent and was the only country in the European Union that did not fall into recession or experienced an economic slump during the global financial crisis.
Today, it is the primary destination of foreign direct investments in central and eastern Europe. —KBK, GMA News