Undersecretary of State Maciej Lang holds consultations in Ulaanbaatar
“People to people contacts have always been the bedrock of our good relations. Many graduates of Polish universities live in Mongolia. Today they play the role of ambassadors of Poland of whom we can be proud,” stressed the deputy minister of foreign affairs during consultations with his Mongolian counterpart, Batmunkh Battsetseg.
The main topic of the meeting were bilateral relations and the situation in Central Asia. Economic relations were also discussed. “Today we look on with appreciation at the dynamic development of the Mongolian economy and see an opportunity to reinvigorate Polish-Mongolian trade,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Maciej Lang. Poland has recorded a positive trade balance with Mongolia for several years now. In 2018, it reached the level of EUR 60 million, of which 90% represented exports from Poland.
Deputy Minister Lang also took part in the 2019 Poland-Mongolia Business Forum, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH). The forum was attended by several dozen companies from both countries. Deputy Minister Lang and Vice-President of PAIH Krzysztof Senger also took part in the official inauguration of a Foreign Trade Office.
Tied aid loan granted in 2017 amounting to EUR 50 million pursuant to an intergovernmental agreement is an important instrument of supporting Polish business on the Mongolian market. One of the projects that were implemented using the loan funds was the purchase by the Mongolian Rescue Agency of 14 fire engines delivered by a Polish manufacturer. Deputy Minister Maciej Lang symbolically handed over the equipment, which will serve the Mongolian National Emergency Management Agency. Deputy Minister Maciej Lang discussed the prospects of implementing other projects as part of the tied aid loan agreement with Mongolia’s Deputy Finance Minister Khurelbaatar Bulgantuya.
During his visit, Undersecretary of State Maciej Lang met with Secretary of the Mongolian National Security Council, Mr. Gansukh Amarjargal, and representatives of Ulaanbaatar municipal authorities. He also visited the Centre for Children with Disabilities – a pioneer project for Mongolia that supports people with Down syndrome, implemented thanks to Polish Aid funds.
MFA Press Office