Bilateral relations of Tajikistan with Poland

16.01.2020 14:23

Bilateral relations. Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Poland were established on February 11th, 1992.

On April 17th, 1995 the President of the Republic of Tajikistan received the Special Representative of the President of the Republic of Poland, during the meeting the sides discussed issues of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.

On April 17th, 1998 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland Mr. Bronislaw Geremek paid a working visit to the Republic of Tajikistan as the OSCE Chairman. During the visit Mr. Bronislaw Geremek met with the President and Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan, as well as with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Bilateral relations between the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Poland has developed in 2000. The basis for the development of friendly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation was laid during the exchange of official visits of the President of the Republic of Poland to Dushanbe in October 2002 and the official visit of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan to Warsaw in May 2003. During these visits, 9 important intergovernmental and interdepartmental agreements in the fields of economy, culture, science, education and the fight against organized crime were signed.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of Tajikistan (with the residence in Tashkent) is  Peter Ignatzevich Ivashkevich.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan to the Republic of Poland (with residence in Berlin) is  Sohibnazar Gayratsho.

Legal basis. Currently, the legal framework of Tajik-Polish relations is developing and includes 18 documents on bilateral cooperation in various fields.

Inter-parliamentary cooperation. On July 19-20, 2012 a member of the “Civic Platform” Party of the European Parliament, Mr. Ravel Tsalewsky, has visited Dushanbe, Kulob and Khorog cities. During the visit, Mr. Ravel Tsalevsky met with the Chairman of Majlisi Namoyandagon Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan as well as with the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan.

On July 3-4, 2015 the Polish delegation of the Polish Sejm (Parlament) led by Vice Marshal Mr. Jerzy Venderlikh visited Tajikistan. As part of this visit, he met with the Deputy Chairman of the Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan S. Felaliev and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan N. Zohidi.

Economic and trade cooperation. Economic and trade cooperation is one of the mutual interests of Tajikistan and Poland. In this regard, in September 2006 the Ministry of Energy and Industry of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan held meetings of the Tajik and Polish experts, which helped to identify the areas of mutually beneficial cooperation. At the same time, the participation of Polish representatives in the international exhibition “Tajik-Build” in Dushanbe at the end of 2006, indicates the first steps towards studying the market of Tajikistan and its opportunities.

On November 3-4, 2009 the Polish delegation headed by the Deputy Minister of Economy Mr. Martin Corollets visited the Republic of Tajikistan with the purpose of development of economic and trade cooperation. During the visit, the Polish delegation met with representatives of relevant ministries and agencies of Tajikistan, including representatives of tajik companies. It’s necessary to mentioned that, during the meetings were signed an Intergovernmental Agreement on economic cooperation and trade, which gave a new impetus to economic relations between the countries. According to the above-mentioned Agreement, the parties start to held regularly an Intergovernmental commission on economic and trade cooperation. Therefore, the first meeting of the Intergovernmental commission on economic and trade cooperation between Tajikistan and Poland was held on October 25-26, 2010 in Warsaw. Since then, the meetings of the Intergovernmental commission on economic and trade cooperation between the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Poland are held annually.

On June 27-28, 2013, at the invitation of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland the delegation of the Republic of Tajikistan headed by the first Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Matlubkhon Davlatov visited Warsaw and participated at the First Conference of Ministers of Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia. During of the above-mentioned conference a Business-Forum was organized and the tajik delegation presented the investment opportunities of the Republic of Tajikistan.

On 6-7 June 2014, during the framework of the fourth session of the Intergovernmental commission on economic and trade cooperation which held in Dushanbe, a Business-Forum was organized between the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Poland.

According to the statistics, the trade turnover between Tajikistan and Poland between January-September 2019 is $ 8.266.4 million. Tajikistan and Poland cooperate in the import of automobiles, spare parts, electronic equipment, non-ferrous metals, prepared foods, minerals, industrial and chemical products, and the export of raw cotton, grain, vegetables as well as the plastic products.

Cooperation on the sphere of culture, education and science. Cultural cooperation is based on the Intergovernmental Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Culture and Education and the Polish Governmental Program for Study in Poland signed in 2003.

In 2005, the first Polish film screenings were held in Dushanbe. The representatives of Tajik national arts regularly participate in festivals and exhibitions in Poland as well. In September 2007, around eight young scientists from Tajikistan were selected as part of the Polish Governmental Program and travel to Poland in order to continue their academic studies at Polish universities. At the meantime, Polish teachers has visited Tajikistan as part of an inter-university exchange program in order to teach Tajik students.

On November 15th, 2010, the Polish Classical Music Concert dedicated to the Independence Day of the Republic of Poland was held at the Dushanbe National Conservatory.

In 2014, by the initiative of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland (with the residence in Tashkent) and Polish cinema, a Polish film festival named "Visla" and the film festival of the "Visegrad" group were held in Khujand city.

On June 16th, 2015 the Polish Film Festival was held in Dushanbe as well as at the Khujand cities. During the visit of Marshal Vice-President Jerzy Venderlikh's to Tajikistan on July 3rd, 2015, the Polish Classical Music Concert was held at the Dushanbe National Conservatory.

On September 12, 2019, at the State Academic Theatre Opera and Ballet under the name of Sadriddin Aini, a joint program called "Friendship evening between Tajikistan and Poland" was held. In the beginning of the above-mentioned event, a display of photographs by the Polish photographer Leon Barshchevsky titled “Tajikistan in the XIX Century” was on display at the entrance of the Theater. Leon Barshchevsky a tourist, a naturalist, a scientist and a talented Polish photographer visited the Central Asian countries in the late 19th century and photographed the life and lives of the people of the region. His photos are still exhibited in various museums in Central Asia and Europe. At the same time, the ensemble concert performances of folk dances of the Academy of Physical Education named Joseph Pilsudski Warsaw and the Polish singer Aneta Figel, as well as the Tajik artists, were shown.

On July 20th, 1998, a member of the UN Observer Mission, a citizen of the Republic of Poland Major Rishard Shevchik, was fatally killed in his duties in the Tavildara District of the Republic of Tajikistan. The people of Tajikistan respect Rishard Shevchik's contribution as a representative of a respected international organization and a friendly citizen of Poland in the process of building peace and security in Tajikistan as a symbol of peace, coexistence and friendship. In 2007, the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan awarded Rishard Shevchik with the Order of Spitamen in honor of his role in the process of establishing peace and security in the Republic of Tajikistan.

The Polish government within the framework of the Development Assistance program cooperates with the Tajik Agrarian University under the name of Shirinsho Shotemur and Tajik State Medical University under the name of Abuali Ibni Sino. According to the official information of the Ministry of Education and Science of Poland, currently, there are about 200 citizens of the Republic of Tajikistan studying in Polish universities.

Centers of the Republic of Tajikistan in the Republic of Poland.

1. Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan in the Republic of Poland.

(with the residence in Berlin)

Address: Perleberger 43, 10559 Berlin,

Federal Republic of Germany

Website: www.botschaft-tadschikistan.de

Email: info@botschaft-tadschikistan.de

Contact: +49 (030) 3479300;

2. Representation of the Tajik Railways in the Committee of Railways Cooperation in the Republic of Poland

Address: 63/67 Khoja Street, 00681 Warsaw, Republic of Poland

Website: http://www.osjd.org/

Email: osjd@osjd.org.pl

Contact: +48 226573600;

3. Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the Republic of Tajikistan

(with the residence in Tashkent)

Address: 66 Firdavsi Street, 100084 Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan

Website: www.taszkent.msz.gov.pl

E-mail: taszkent.amb.secretariat@msz.gov.pl

Contact: +998 711208650;

Procedures for obtaining visa for citizens of the Republic of Tajikistan to the Republic of Poland.

Citizens of the Republic of Tajikistan who wish to visit the Republic of Poland for personal, tourist, commercial, business or educational purposes can apply through electronic registration of a visa application, for both Schengen visa and National visa via http://www.e-konsulat.gov. pl. Consulate of the Embassy of the Polish Republic to the Republic of Uzbekistan (with the residence in Tashkent).

The electronic visa application is free of charge and available only on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 12:30 to 13:30. The process for applying visa is 10 working days and in case if it’s necessary a special verification of documents, the process of consideration of a visa application might continue up to 30 days.

According to the information of the Consular Section, the Embassy does not respond to questions sent by e-mail answers, which can be found on the website of the Embassy. At the same time, the Consular Section does not provide technical support while filing an electronic application. In addition, the visa application must be filled in personally by the applicant and documents submitted through intermediaries are not accepted for consideration.

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