Former Polish president visits Grenada (Whats in it for us?)

 

Former Polish president visits Grenada

Published on Friday, July 13, 2007

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada: Former President of Poland Lech Walesa has visited Grenada, seeking support of regional governments to help his country win a bid to host the International Exhibition EXPO 2012.

Former President of Poland Lech Walesa arrives in Grenada

In the framework of the Bureau International des Expositions, Poland has proposed an international exhibition with the theme “The Culture of Leisure in World Economies”. The host city is Wroclaw, a dynamic metropolis in the southwest Poland.

During his short stay Walesa paid a courtesy visit to the Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell and other government officials. 

For Grenada, an international exhibition in Poland, the largest of the new member states in the European Union, would offer unprecedented access to the youth, vitality and dynamic emerging markets of New Europe. Poland’s theme would allow you to promote your unique heritage, tourism resources and best practices in the context of leisure and sustainable development.

The promotional power of the event will be augmented by its timing at the height of the European tourist season (June-September 2012) and directly following EURO 2012, the European Soccer Championships – the world’s third largest sporting event – that will be jointly hosted by Poland and the Ukraine. 

Walesa was the first democratically elected President of the Republic of Poland, whose life’s work has been dedicated to improving Poland’s ability to play an active role in the international community.

So far Walesa has visited Barbados, and is schedule to visit Antigua and St Lucia.

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(All well and good but will we be adequately prepared to capitalize on this opportunity to broaden our tourism base?. Should this new horizen be attacked as a collective endeavor by OECS/Caricom islands or will more be achieved on an individual "we’re all competitors" basis?. Are we going to show up at the Expo with the usual magazines, brochures, cinnamon and rum displays or have we joined to digital display age yet?).

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One Response to Former Polish president visits Grenada (Whats in it for us?)

  1. R. says:

    Former Polish president to visit St Lucia
     
    The first democratically elected President of the Republic of Poland, former trade union leader and human rights activist, Lech Walesa will visit St Lucia next week to offer support in the context of the Polish bid to hold an International Exhibition EXPO 2012.
     
    Poland has proposed to organise an international exhibition in one of its cities Wroclaw, under the theme of “The Culture of Leisure in World Economies” which holds many opportunities for St Lucia and the whole Caribbean region, Lech Walesa said. As the sixth largest member state of the European Union, Poland is committed to providing St Lucia with support to participate in the EXPO—including helping with designing, preparing and maintaining expositions from beginning to end, and providing accommodation throughout—which equals to around €820 thousand. The total support Poland is providing to developing countries to participate in the EXPO amounts to €35 million.
     
    An international exhibition in the most dynamic emerging market of New Europe and the theme chosen will allow St Lucia to promote its leisure opportunities to a very wide audience from all over the world––it is estimated that the event will attract 10 million visitors. The promotional power of the event will be augmented by its timing at the height of the European tourist season (June-September 2012) and directly following EURO 2012, the European Soccer Championships––the world’s third largest sporting event––that will be jointly hosted by Poland and the Ukraine the same year.
     
    The co-founder of Solidarity (Solidarnosc) Lech Walesa is also coming to the region to emphasize that his country remains dedicated to develop stronger ties with St Lucia and other countries in the Caribbean region through projects which are not only connected with EXPO participation. To this end Poland has already provided a building to be used as an Embassy for CARICOM countries in Warsaw. Such an embassy will create an opportunity for the Caribbean countries to operate in the Central and Eastern Europe, in a very dynamic region with a continuous economic progress.
     
    Poland has also offered 30 scholarships for students from the CARICOM countries at prestigious Polish universities covering total costs for transport, fees and accommodation. The highlight of his visit to St Lucia will be a meeting with Acting Prime Minister Stephenson King set tentatively for Tuesday July 17.
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