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Poland bid to boost trade ties

Andrzej Arendarski in Calcutta on Friday. Picture by Kishor Roy Chowdhury

Calcutta, Feb. 14: Poland is keen to offer its expertise in coal mining to boost trade and investment ties with India.

Andrzej Arendarski, president of the Polish Chamber of Commerce, today said coal was the major energy source for the country and it had developed a significant expertise in underground mining.

Arendarski pointed out that though Poland has large reserves of coal, its export to India could face a price hurdle.

“I think the main issue is that our coal is more costlier,” Arendarski said on the sidelines of an interactive session of EEPC India here today.

Poland has an estimated coal reserve of 19.1 billion tonnes and is among the top 10 producers. Bulk of the fuel is produced through underground mining.

“We have identified energy and defense as the two pillars where relations between the two countries could develop,” Polish ambassador Piotr Klodkowski said.