On the 25 of August 2015, the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Poland has approved to sign an agreement on the accession of Poland to Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Poland is the only country in Central-Eastern Europe which co-create this prestigious project. As a shareholder in AIIB Poland will contribute over $830 million. As stated Polish Deputy Foreign Minister – Mrs. Katarzyna Kacperczyk – “For several years the priority for Polish foreign policy was to strengthen the relations with the countries of Asia as well as with China.
For Poland the participation in the establishment of the Bank is an important element of the country’s foreign policy, which focuses on building a very positive climate in relations with Asian partners”. Poland as a shareholder of AIIB will participate in its management and decisions taken by the authorities of the bank and will be able to affect its current and strategic action.
The country will be also the beneficiary of the project through its inclusion in the implementation of the infrastructure investments for the “One belt, one road” plan and the revitalized New Silk Road. Polish entrepreneurs will have a chance to play an important role in the development of the direct sea, rail and road links between Asia and the EU. The government also believes that the membership in AIIB will create an opportunity for the emergence of new Polish-Chinese businesses.
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