05 Mar 2018

Krzysztof Głowacki discussed the relations between Poland and Central Asia countries

On February 26, 2018, Krzysztof Głowacki, an economist at CASE, participated in an international seminar organized by the Center for Central Asia Research at the Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. In the seminar, he discussed the relations between Poland and Central Asia countries. “Poland recognizes the growing importance of Central Asia, but Poland does not have a coherent strategy for the region, and its political actions toward it are of an ad hoc nature,” said Krzysztof Głowacki in his speech.

The CASE economist also noted that Poland’s efforts in Central Asia are largely crowded out by the Eastern Partnership, which is much more important for the country geopolitically and will remain its priority in the East. He stressed, however, that there are viable opportunities for economic cooperation between Poland - and other V4 countries -  and Central Asia. “Kazakhstan, the largest Central Asian economy, is pursuing a pro-investment policy, and there are 190 firms with Polish capital registered in the country, including Polpharma (medicines) and Selena (construction chemistry),” said Krzysztof Głowacki.

Other topics discussed during the workshop included: the role of the Russian Federation, China, and the EU in Central Asia.


Seminar in Budapest

Photo: Réka Csaba