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9 October 2014

Poland important for Africa

“Only 1% of total Polish foreign trade is generated with Africa. It is still not enough. In 3 years it should be increased to 3%”, said PAIiIZ president Sławomir Majman during the opening speech of a conference on Poland – Africa business relations. The meeting was held on 9 October in PAIiIZ.

According to the latest data of the Ministry of Economy, trade between Poland and Africa in 2013 has increased by 22% compared with 2012. In addition, the highest growth of was recorded in Angola (108%), Mozambique (81%) and Ethiopia (75%). “The effort of the Polish govermen, including the Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs gives first results in increasing exports and Polish investments in Africa”, said PAIiIZ president Sławomir Majman. Currently, we are concentrated on the support of exports of such Polish sectors as: construction, energy, mining, pharmacy and IT in their way towards Africa”, added deputy minister in the Ministry of Economy, Ilona Antoniszyn-Klik. Deputy minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Katarzyna Kacperczyk argued also that Polish enterpreus need a support, as African markets are dificult. “Africa sees Poland as a safe partner. Just after Polish visit to Senegal, this country decided to open the embassy in Warsaw”, said Katarzyna Kacperczyk.


Deputy minister Ilona Antoniszyn-Klik added: Currently, we are concentrated on the support of exports of such Polish sectors as: construction, energy, mining, pharmacy and IT in their way towards Africa

There are several examples of Polish enterprises which are successful in Africa. Among them there are: Grupa Azoty mining company that purchased shares of African Investment Group in Senegal; Kulczyk Investments  that took over the mine in Namibia;  Asseco that signed an agreement to implement IT system in Ethiopia. What is more, this September Ursus started suppling Ethiopia with 3,000 tractors.

During the conference the organizers of the 2 nd POLANDAFRICA Congress encouraged participants to attend the event. “POLANDAFRICA congress will focus on acquiring new partners. Poland is important for Africa, while Africa is attractive for Poland”, said president of the Central Poland Chamber of Commerce-Łódź, Witold Gerlicz. “We expect to host the delegation from Mozambique and South Africa at the incomming Congress, emphasized director of the Congress Janusz Michaluk. The confress has been planned for 27 November this year. (PAIiIZ)



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