Polish President, PM address Polish diaspora congress in Miami
President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki have addressed the participants of the 60 Million Congress - the Global Polonia Summit, held in Miami, Florida on Friday and Saturday.
In a message sent on Friday, President Duda expressed his hope that the event will contribute to Poland's economic cooperation with the US.
According to the Polish president, the congress can play a significant role in integrating the Polish diaspora in the USA, strengthening of bonds between Poles living in the US and their compatriots in the country, and help them to undertake new business ventures together, Andrzej Duda wrote in a letter.
"After all, we're united by national heritage, tradition, history and identity, but at the same time by common challenges crucial to the modern world," the Polish president wrote.
PM Morawiecki, in a recorded video address, told representatives of the Polish community gathered at the summit that they should encourage Americans become interested in Poland.
"Explain our (Polish - PAP) ambitions, make them understandable, tell your American neighbors about Poland, so that the Polish issue will become their business too," he appealed.
He referred to congress participants as ambassadors of Poland.
"You can make Polish ideas flourish on American soil," he argued. "Let Poland speak through you," he said.
The fourth edition of the Congress was attended by over 200 people, including leading activists of the Polish diaspora from all over the United States. Among the gathered were the presidents of major Polonia organisations, such as the Polish-Slavic Federal Credit Union in New York and the Copernicus Foundation in Chicago.
Polish authorities were represented by the Polish government's international dialogue commissioner, Senator Anna Maria Anders and the Deputy Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Waterways Grzegorz Witkowski, among other officials.