US trade secretary, business execs meet Poland's leaders to intensify trade relations

Economic Indicators Associated Press

U.S. Secretary for Commerce Penny Pritzker has identified six areas — from construction to defense — in which Poland and the U.S. should intensify their commercial ties, even before a major trans-Atlantic agreement is reached.

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Pritzker told a meeting of Polish and U.S. businessmen on Monday that bilateral business is below its potential. U.S. companies have invested some $30 billion in Poland since the early 1990s.

She named infrastructure, building, technology, defense, energy and IT as "areas of opportunity."

Poland is keen to boost its developing economy. As a member of the European Union, it is part of negotiations on a free trade agreement with the U.S.

Pritzker arrived from Ukraine, where she discussed steps that the government should take in order to develop business with the U.S.