The U.S. Embassy Warsaw’s Economic Section hosted a group of students from the Foreign Affairs Club at the Warsaw School of Economics on 20 April 2017 to discuss the U.S.-Polish economic relationship as part of the group’s Action Diplomacy 2017 project. This project enables students to visit numerous foreign embassies and consulates in Warsaw and learn first-hand about the world of diplomacy. Economic Counselor Alison Dilworth, Deputy Economic Counselor Frank DeParis, and Trade and Investment Officer Sonnet Frisbie engaged with the students in a lively two-hour discussion.
The students demonstrated an eagerness to learn not only about U.S.-Polish economic relations, but were also curious to hear more about the U.S. military presence in Poland, energy security in Europe, the U.S. Visa Waiver Program vis-à-vis Poland, the future of U.S. climate policy, and U.S. foreign policy regarding Syria. In speaking about the U.S.-Polish economic relationship, DeParis advised the students, “Poland’s diverse economy, in which no one sector overwhelmingly dominates, is good and attractive to U.S. investors. There is a lot of untapped demand and room to grow in Poland. The United States is the largest non-EU investor in Poland.”