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12 December 2014

Mazowieckie, Dolnośląskie, Śląskie and Pomorskie as leaders of investment attractiveness

„Those are very valuable tips for all investors”, PAIiIZ deputy president Anna Polak-Kocińska commented results of the newest “Attractiveness of Polish provinces 2014” report conducted by Warsaw School of Economics under the supervision of prof. Hanna Godlewska-Majkowska.

Authors of the report focused of two factors of investment attractiveness of each Polish province. Those are: “the potential attractiveness” consisting of localization advantages of communities as well as “the real attractiveness” assessed by the value of invested capital of investors. The scientists from WSE also used a technique called “mystery client” by playing a role of potential, foreign, English - speaking investor who contacts local investor service centres.

The results of this year’s survey show that the investment attractiveness of every Polish provinces correlates with its social and - economic development. Moreover, the list of leaders has not been chance since years. Among the top most attractive provinces regarding investment the following regions of Poland has been mentioned: Mazowieckie, Dolnośląskie, Śląskie and Pomorskie. According to Parycjusz Zarębski from Warsaw School of Economics, one can see an internal contrasts in particular provinces regarding investment attractiveness. For instance, in Mazowieckie, Warsaw is the real engine of development and investments leaving other parts of the province far behind. On the other hand, almost all communities of Śląskie province seem to be at the similar level of social and economical development and investment attractiveness. PAIiIZ deputy president Anna Polak-Kocińska who commented the survey, focused on the progress of Eastern parts of the country.  “The lands of the Easter Poland are developing fast. We see the increase in the interest of this region by investors”, she said.

According to the supervisor and co-author of the survey, professor Hanna Godlewska-Majkowska, those regions that don’t lead in the investment attractiveness should focus on searching new ways in improving their competitiveness. “The evolution in providing services for investors is essential”, she argued. She also advised to all to established so-called “Special Economic Zones 3.0 project” that would be a synergy of three elements: the zone, the cluster and the eco-technology park. “The times of pro-ecologic economy is approaching”, she said adding that the creation of safe location for the development of high-risk investments may soon become a major advantage not only of a particular community but also of the whole country.

During the conference Special Economic Zones as a key factor shaping the inflow of FDI to Poland were presented. “If Poland weren’t covered by SEZ programme, its investment attractiveness would be much lower”, argued Magdalena Typa from Warsaw School of Economics. According to presented data by Ms Typa, SEZs cover about 15% of Poland, 368 communities and 152 cities. Over 50% of investments provided under SEZs are located in three Polish provinces: Dolnośląskie, Śląskie and Łódzkie. The automotive industry is the leading sector operating in the Polish zones. About one fourth of capital invested in all zones comes from that sector. In terms of the country of origin of investors doing business in Polish SEZs, 19% comes from Poland while the rest is foreign. “Polish companies are brave however they need to know that they can expect the support from the government”, summer up PAIiIZ deputy president Anna Polak-Kocińska.

The last highlight of conference was the presentation of case studies of the effective institutions supporting investments – Płock Techno – Park, Klub 150 Opolskie and Garwolin community. (PAIiIZ)

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