Boost to India-Poland ties as latter backs India’s NSG bid

Kriti Mishra

File photo of  Vice President Hamid Ansari.

File photo of Vice President Hamid Ansari.

Terming his visit to Poland “very productive”, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari addressed a business summit in Warsaw on Thursday. During the talks between two sides, Poland has assured India of its support to New Delhi’s bid for membership in the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Addressing the summit in the presence of Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and Mateusz Morawiecki, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Finance of Poland, VP Ansari also asserted that India and Poland can enhance cooperation in education.

He highlighted that the Goods and Services Tax reform, will make India a unified market, with all the states offering an identical tax environment.

“With a growth rate of over 7%, despite the general global downturn, India today is not just the fastest growing major economy in the world, it is also one of the most open and welcoming destination for investments and technologies,” he said.

“A vibrant democracy of 1.3 billion people with a young, skilled workforce, India offers an aspirational middle class market of over 400 million people,” the Vice President added.

Emphasising on cooperation in the education sector, he noted that India’s youth are eager to seek educational opportunities that Poland offers.

“We already have some 2500 Indian students in Poland. These students add to the resources of Poland’s distinguished universities and will act as bridgeheads for our future engagements,” he said.

Vice President Ansari also said that as Polish business looks for markets and business opportunities beyond Europe, India is a natural destination. India and Poland have already identified possible opportunities in sectors like food processing, mining, aerospace and defence.

In another significant development, Poland has assured India of its support to New Delhi’s bid for membership in the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group and a permanent seat in the expanded UN Security Council.

This was conveyed by Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo to Vice President Hamid Ansari when the two leaders met at Warsaw to discuss issues of bilateral and mutual interests. The two countries also signed an agreement in the agriculture sector.