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8 October 2021

We have signed a cooperation agreement with the Katowice Special Economic Zone

The Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) and the Katowice Special Economic Zone (KSEZ), signed an inter- institutional agreement during the European Forum in Chorzow. The agreement outlines the cooperation between the two sides for the support of Polish companies wishing to expand internationally and for attracting new investors to Poland.


In the signing ceremony PAIH was represented by members of th Management Board: The Chairman Krzysztof Drynda and Grzegorz Słomkowski. In turn, on behalf of the KSEZ, the agreement was signed by the Chairman Janusz Michałek and Deputy Chairman Monika Bryl.

Under the agreement, PAIH and the KSEZ will continue to support international expansion and economic promotion of Polish companies as well as attracting investors, with particular emphasis on Polish investors planning new investments in the country and abroad. The agreement confirms the successful cooperation between the sides up till now and strengthens this partnership for the coming years.

The cooperation between KSEZ and PAIH has been flourishing for many years. Today's agreement is not the beginning of our cooperation, but its formlisation and a way to search for new synergy effects so that we can be even more effective, especially in attracting large foreign investments, on which we are currently working . We would very much like them to be located in Poland - says Krzysztof Drynda, PAIH’s Chairman.

The Chairman of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency added that PAIH can observe interest in Poland from, among others, representatives of the electromobility sector.

These are Japanese, Korean and Chinese investments. So far, the KSEZ has specialized in the automotive sector, today it is, together with Lower Silesia, transforming a little into an electromobility centre. Here we have the best locations, the most accessible employees that can be successful in this sector - Drynda noted.

The Chairman of the Katowice Special Economic Zone, Janusz Michałek, explained in turn that the agreement with PAIH is an element of the Zone's strategy for foreign expansion, referring to the "BraSilesia" acceleration program, addressed to Polish and Brazilian Start up’s and companies from the SME sector. Another element, is the plan to acquire a 100- hectares of land in Egypt, on the Suez Canal by the zone.

We want to help our entrepreneurs in expanding their exports all over the world and I think, that soon we will be able to talk about new projects. It is important to create jobs, and keep them - we have 90,000 jobs today - but we also know how important it is to be proactive in the world today - said Janusz Michałek.

The Katowice Special Economic Zone covers areas in the Silesian Voivodeship and six Poviats in the Opole province. Nearly 500 companies operate there, which have in total invested approx. PLN 44 billion and created approx. 85 thousand jobs. The KSEZ has issued 590 business permits and well over a hundred decisions on support under the new regulations for the Polish Investment Zone.

About the Polish Investment and Trade Agency

The Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) is an advisory institution operating in cooperation with the Polish Development Fund Group (PFR) under the leadership of the Ministry of Development and Technology. PAIH is the first point of contact for exporters and investors. It operates both in Poland and through a network of its offices around the world. It strengthens the recognition of Polish brands on international markets, promotes domestic products and services as well as technological solutions made in Poland. The agency helps entrepreneurs choose their optimal expansion path abroad. It also supports the inflow of foreign direct investments to Poland and the implementation of Polish investments in the country. PAIH cooperates with the public sector and regional partners, offering, among other things: training, audit and promotion of investment properties, cooperation in the organisation of business missions and communication support in the implementation of joint projects.

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