Poland wants to specialise in humanitarian aid - FM

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz has told PAP that Poland wants to specialise in humanitarian aid. In June, an international humanitarian fair, Warsaw Humanitarian Expo, will be organised in Warsaw.

Warsaw Humanitarian Expo is to take place on June 11-13 at the Ptak Warsaw Expo trade and convention centre in Nadarzyn, near Warsaw. The event is under the patronage of President Andrzej Duda. According to the organisers, the fair is planned to be a regular event.

As Czaputowicz noted, the organisation of the first such trade fair in Central and Eastern Europe "reflects the change of Poland's place in the global world." He also underscored that Poland spends more and more on developmental aid, which amounted to PLN 2.8 billion (EUR 650.9 million) last year, in comparison with PLN 1.6 billion (EUR 371.9 million) in 2015. The foreign minister noted that the spending on humanitarian aid is also growing significantly; this year it will amount to PLN 128 million (EUR 29.8 mln) compared to PLN 24 mln in 2015 (EUR 5.6 mln).

As part of the Warsaw Humanitarian Expo, Polish and foreign companies will be able to present their offers, exchange experience and take part in training on participation in international tenders related to the provision of humanitarian aid. Czaputowicz pointed out that organising the humanitarian fair is in line with Poland's priorities as a member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), of which it will hold the presidency in August.

Minister Czaputowicz stressed that humanitarian activity is to remain an important element of Polish foreign policy. "We want to specialise in this field. Immediately after our membership of the United Nations Security Council, we would like to join the UN Human Rights Council from January 1 next year for a two-year term and use the experience gained on the Security Council," he added.