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  • 25 April 2013

    “Development cooperation benefits those countries that receive it and those that provide it,” said Undersecretary of State Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz during a debate titled “Why is it worthwhile to help? Development cooperation as an instrument of foreign policy ” on Wednesday, 24 April in Warsaw.

    The Warsaw School of Economics hosted a debate on Poland’s development assistance and the 2012-2015 priorities of Polish aid. “This cooperation is a very effective way of countering threats, of promoting  and developing “soft power.” It is one of the most effective methods of building bridges, especially at the society and institutional levels, not just at the government level,” underscored Deputy Minister Pełczyńska-Nałęcz. The Deputy Foreign Minister in charge of development policy also talked about diplomatic and economic ties that are strengthened by development cooperation. She provided concrete examples of assistance, including assistance for democratic transformation processes. Poland aids efforts to build efficient administrations, to fight against corruption, to promote good governance, to support the independence of courts, to reform education systems and teach entrepreneurship.

     

    “ Poland’s priority is to support our neighbours  – Ukraine, Belarus, but also Moldova and Georgia. Our eastern border represents  the greatest development  leap in Europe and that is why the bulk of   our assistance is directed toward these countries,”  noted  the Deputy Minister referring to the major directions of Polish development assistance.

     

     Jacek Michałowski, Chief of the Chancellery of the President of Poland and Paweł Samecki, Director of the National Bank of Poland’s Foreign Department also took part in the debate.

     

    In 2012 Poland allocated euro 341 million to development assistance. Our country, alongside  Austria, Latvia and Luxembourg, is one of the four European Union’s  Member States that increased their development assistance last year.  Three-fourths of Polish aid for developing countries was channelled through the European Commission and the European Development Fund. The remaining part represents bilateral assistance, including projects carried out by Polish government administration, debt and loan cancellation, scholarships for students and young researchers and projects implemented by Polish NGOs for developing countries’ populations.

     

    During the debate, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched its publication entitled "Polish Development Assistance. New Dimensions. Prospects for Non-Governmental Organisations, Local Government s and Companies.” The publication is available online. You can access it through this link:http://www.polskapomoc.gov.pl/files/Dokumenty_i_Publikacje/RAPORT%20TT.pdf .

     

     

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