PAIH’s Business Forum a success. Four thousand companies at PGE Narodowy and 2800 individual meetings with ZBH representatives

06 October 2022
PAIH’s Business Forum 2022 is over. Almost four thousand entrepreneurs gathered at PGE Narodowy in Warsaw, they participated in talks with specialists and thematic panels devoted to foreign expansion, as well as attracting foreign direct investments to Poland. PAIH’s experts and partners of the event were at the disposal of entrepreneurs throughout the whole day.

PAIH Business Forum 2022

The event was inaugurated by PAIH's Chairman Krzysztof Drynda. He stressed that Polish entrepreneurs are ready for the internationalization of their businesses, and if they take advantage of the current situation, it will accelerate the foreign expansion of Polish companies.

We are facing a reshuffling of international relations, including economic relations. The dominant trend that is the result of recent years is deglobalization. Such a new opening is an opportunity to significantly increase the importance of Polish business - our common task is to take one hundred percent use of this opportunity - said Krzysztof Drynda.

During the opening of the Forum, the Minister of Development and Technology Waldemar Buda and the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Agriculture Grzegorz Piechowiak also spoke, as did the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Paweł Jabłoński. An official message to the participants was also delivered by the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in the form of a video recording. The President of the Polish Development Fund Paweł Borys also took the floor.

The event is a good way of responding to the expectations of exporters and investors looking for information about individual markets and industries and also for those who want to get acquainted with the instruments and tools to support foreign expansion offered by the administration - said the Minister of Development and Technology Waldemar Buda when opening the event. He added that the Ministry is in the process of launching two large digital solutions. - On the modernized portal there will be a complete set of information available, about important events, initiatives and foreign markets. EXPORT INTELLIGENCE, on the other hand, is a system in which can be found, among other things, data on trade flows and economic data. Reports will be available as part of the services of export support institutions, but selected - at the beginning there will be about 150, which we will soon place on, where everyone will have access to them. Depending on the level of interest, we will expand the database with further reports - informed the head of the Ministry of Development and Technology.

Deputy Minister Grzegorz Piechowiak added:

The PAIH Business Forum is the largest event of this type in Poland. This is an event for companies active on foreign markets, but also for those that are on the verge of starting their foreign expansion and those who are just thinking about it. Export is an opportunity for Poland's economy, it is a chance for dynamic, but also stable development of businesses.

As part of the event, a number of discussion panels were held. Invited guests using the example of Expo 2020 Dubai discussed opportunities to promote the country, regions and industry at world exhibitions. The summing up of the last exhibition's successes was accompanied by a look at the strengths of the Polish Pavilion emphasizing the strong points of our country. A separate presentation was devoted to the assumptions for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai.

We can safely say that the plan to promote Poland at the Expo in Dubai has been implemented one hundred percent. We have promoted not only Polish culture and science, but also Polish business and we are already seeing the first results. Our entrepreneurs are already signing contracts that are the fruit of our presence at Expo. We were the only country to organized two huge events as part of the world exhibition, the Polish-African Forum and the Polish-Arab Forum. Thanks to these, we are now observing a growing interest in Poland as a direction of economic relations, but also tourism - emphasized Grzegorz Słomkowski, Member of PAIH's Management Board.During the event, an agreement was signed between PAIH and KGHM Polska Miedź, the aim of which is to create conditions for the development of the domestic economy and strengthen Poland’s position as one of the largest exporters in the world. The document was signed by PAIH’s Chairman Krzysztof Drynda and Board Member Grzegorz Słomkowski. On behalf of KGHM, the document was signed by Jerzy Paluchniak, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board for Foreign Assets, and Deputy Chairman of the Management Board for Finance Andrzej Kensbok.

Another part of the PAIH Business Forum included a series of presentations by the Agency and the partners of the event. The speakers presented instruments to support expansion, issues of public procurement in the EU, as well as how the development of investments and exports is influenced by innovation.

Throughout the duration of the event there were industry workshops, meetings with employees of PAIH’s Foreign Trade Offices, and a networking space was made available for participant.

This year's edition of the PAIH Business Forum was held under the Honorary Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda. The strategic partner of the event was PKO Bank Polski, and the main partners were Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, the Polish Investment Zone and the World For Ukraine Foundation.

PFB 2022 - Thank you

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About the Polish Investment and Trade Agency

The Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) is an advisory institution belonging to the Polish Development Fund (PFR) Group. This is the first point of contact for exporters and investors. It operates both in Poland and through its network of 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 in choosing their optimal path of expansion 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 organization of business missions and communication support in the implementation of joint projects.