Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Government of Poland is in the process of preparing a vision document to improve its trade ties with India, while clearly identifying different sectors, said Piotr Klodkowski, the Polish Ambassador to India.

Accompanied by Janusz Bylinski, Consul General in Mumbai, he participated in an interactive meet organised by the Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI).

Outlining Poland's focus areas in trade with India, Prof. Klodkowski said they would include food processing, heavy engineering, automobile and information technology, apart from a significant interest in the area of education and research. Despite the economic downturn, Poland had still achieved an appreciable growth rate he said, adding that the investment climate there was very conducive.

Visits increasing

Visits by trade delegations to both countries were on the rise, he said, pointing out that people of Poland respected India's culture and tradition, apart from its democratic framework. Relations on different fronts between the two nations went back several decades, he recalled.

Earlier, in his welcome address, FAPCCI president K. Harishchandra Prasad said India's exports to Poland included bulk tea, coffee, de-oiled cakes, black pepper, cotton yarn, apparel, jute and mica products. Light engineering products like hand tools, consumer electronics and some machinery items were also exported, he said.