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7 February 2018

Poland among most attractive destinations for Chinese FDI

According to the latest Knight Frank Group report, Poland advanced into the top 20 of most attractive market for the Chinese investment. It is, among others, caused by intensified bilateral trade relations due to £ód¼-Chengdu cargo rail link, the research reads. While Singapore, Qatar and the UAE lead the rank, Estonia is the only European country that overtakes Poland (7th place).
Knight Frank has developed the Belt and Road Index (BARI) that is classified into six categories: economic potential, demographic advantage, infrastructure development, institutional effectiveness, market accessibility and resilience to natural disasters. The values within each category have been normalised to ensure the resulting figures are comparable and contextualised for the purpose of this study. All categories are assigned with specific weightings in accordance with their potential significance to investment decisions. The index results provide not only a holistic macro view of each country, but also a level of detail on each of the key criteria, that can help inform investment strategies along the Belt and Road.

Poland was rated 17th among 67 countries featured in the ranking, which means it is in the top 20 most attractive destinations for the Chinese FDI. Poland was distinguished by institutions’ effectiveness, good access for FDI inflow and dynamic infrastructure development. The Knight Frank experts stress that Poland is second biggest 16+1 economy, and as a consequence of implementing Belt and Road initiative its economic potential is expected to grow.

Chinese investments inflow to Poland is also visible in the Polish Investment and Trade Agency’s portfolio – Last year, Poland was the largest Chinese FDI receiver among Visegrad countries and eight biggest in the European Union. Over the last few years, we have noted an intensified interest in investing in Poland expressed by Chinese entrepreneurs who seem to clarify they plans towards our country. Poland offers everything they need – high skilled employees, attractive investment sites and effective governmental assistance system. The value of Chinese FDI (mainly – greenfield) we are currently supporting totals approx. EUR 1.2bn. We believe that the majority of the projects will be completed with a positive investment decision – Tomasz Pisula, head of PAIH gives his remarks.

As of the end of 2017, PAIH was supporting eight Chinese FDI projects worth EUR 1.26bn. The total Chinese CAPEX was the highest in the Agency’s portfolio. The investment represented such sectors as chemicals, automotive, electronics.

You may read the full version of report here.


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