PM Morawiecki to visit Japan on Mon-Tue

The Polish PM will visit Tokyo at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart. Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki will pay a visit to Tokyo on Monday and Tuesday where he will meet Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, the imperial couple, businesspeople and the Polish diaspora.

Morawiecki's delegation will include Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński and Climate Minister Michał Kurtyka.

The Polish PM will visit Tokyo at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart, Polish government spokesperson Piotr Muller has told PAP.

Muller said Morawiecki wants to strengthen Poland's economic co-operation with Japan, one of the biggest Asian investors present in Poland. In view of the upcoming conclusion of the Polish-Japanese strategic partnership 2017-2020, the prime ministers will sum up the programme and discuss the implementation of a similar scheme for 2021-2024.

The subjects will also include Poland's plans to build a major air hub close to Warsaw that would integrate air, rail and road transport, as well as other investments, including the Gdańsk Seaport, nuclear energy, hydrogen cell technology and electric mobility, Muller said.

According to Jabłoński, Morawiecki's upcoming visit confirms that "relations are getting stronger," after the two PMs met at an Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and in Bratislava in recent months.

"We want Japan to be our strategic partner in Asia, and this is a result of economic needs, too," the deputy minister said.

The Polish prime minister will also meet Japan's Crown Prince and Princess Akishino.

In 2019, Poland and Japan marked the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. In 2018, the value of Polish-Japanese trade reached USD 4.8 bln, with data for the first eight months of 2019 indicating a 20 percent annual growth. According to the National Bank of Poland, Japan has invested USD 955 mln in the country so far.