POLISH DIPLOMATS IN LAHORE - New Perspectives of Economic and Cultural Coop in Punjab

Founder Editor Tazeen Akhtar..

Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, second largest city of Pakistan, historical and cultural center of the country and important industrial area, was a destination of the recent delegation of Polish diplomats headed by Ambassador Piotr Opaliński, which took place on 28 and 29 September 2016.                                               

The estimated population of Lahore is between 6 and 10 million inhabitants.Despite the changes the city is experiencing, as increasing urbanization and industrialization, one can still witness the signs of its rich history in shape of magnificent cultural heritage sites, like Badshahi Mosque, impressive Fort, or UNESCO listed Shalimar gardens. They are indeed one of the reasons Lahore is called “the city of gardens”.

Lahore is also main production and trade center of the Punjab province, which has the biggest economic potential in the country. With comparatively stable security situation it is an interesting area for trade and investment cooperation. Due to the broad scope of potential recipients of initiatives promoting Poland in Punjab, delegation met both with the representatives of provincial administration as well as with the culture and education circles.

 

Perspectives of cooperation between Poland and Pakistan, especially on economic grounds, were the subject of discussion with the Governor of Punjab H.E. Mr. Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, Chief Secretary Punjab Captain (Retd) Zahid Syed, Minister for Finance, Punjab, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha and Additional Secretaries for Energy, Mining and Agriculture. As the most prospective areas of cooperation both sides mentioned coal mining and transfer of clean coal technologies, minerals mining, defense sector, as well as food processing, especially of fruits, vegetables and dairy. On the administrative level, the future parliamentary visits were considered, as well as exchange of good practices between police forces, the latter subject being discussed with Inspector General Police Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera.

At a very cordial meeting with Ambassador of Poland, H.E. Archbishop of Lahore Sebastian Francis Shaw expressed his appreciation towards Polish government for efficient organization of World Youth Days, which were attended by over three hundred pilgrims from Pakistan.

 

The city is known also for its prestigious educational facilities, which not only constitutes the place where future Pakistani elites are being shaped, but also can boast impressive architecture and meticulously maintained greenery. Delegation had a chance to visit Government College University (oldest in town), University of the Punjab (College of Arts & Design) and Aitchison College, which was an occasion to develop contacts with the management of the academies.

The possibility of joint performances of Polish and Pakistani musicians (jugalbandi) was discussed during the meeting with Director General Walled City of Lahore Athority and Al Hamra Arts Council Mr. Kamran Lashari. It was followed by the meeting with Coca Cola Marketing Director for Pakistan and Afghanistan Mr. Ali Akbar, where the delegation proposed to record the future joint musical sessions in the Coke Studio.