April 14th, 2011,
Issue 222




Polish National Exhibition in Tashkent

The 3rd edition of the Polish National Exhibition will take place from May 25th to 28th, 2011 in Tashkent.

The exhibition will be attended by around 30 Polish entrepreneurs representing various sectors. The event enjoys the honorary patronage of the Polish Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Economy, Waldemar Pawlak and the Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eljor Ganijew.

It is worth emphasising that the Exhibition will coincide with the 4th session of the Polish- Uzbek Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation, the Economic Forum of Polish and Uzbek companies and a trade mission of Polish companies to Tashkent.

Both the exhibitors and participants of the trade mission will take part in the Economic Forum during which Poland will present achievements of the Polish economy, investment opportunities in the country, the green technology project GreeEvo and possibilities of obtaining export credits for importers.

For more information please contact: the Ministry of Economy www.mg.gov.pl. (Ministry of Economy)

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Private Sector Liaison Officer to the World Bank Group in PAIiIZ

We encourage you to contact the Officer in our seat in Warsaw.

The Officer provides information on WBG-related business opportunities. You may get first-hand advice on procurement opportunities in projects financed by the World Bank and learn facts about political risk guarantees offered by the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA).

For more information please visit www.paiz.gov.pl/pslo/eng (PAIiIZ)

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Cooperation agreement between Krosno and the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency

The aim of the Agreement, signed on April 4th 2011, is to help Krosno attract foreign investors.

The Agreement sets out that PAIiZ and Krosno will together run activities which should help the town attract investors and will undertake initiatives which will improve the town’s administration efficiency in providing comprehensive information and professional services. The activities will cover issues connected with promotional investment packages, selection and distribution of economic information, and management of data bases gathering data on the town’s economic issues.

PAIiIZ signed similar agreements with other Polish cities and towns e.g. with Lublin, Rzeszów, Białystok, Olsztyn, Bydgoszcz and Koszalin. There are plans to conclude a cooperation agreement with Piła. (PAIiIZ)

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Luxoft invests in the Kraków Technology Park

Przemysław Berendt, Managing Director at Luxoft Poland
The leading provider of outsourcing services in software design and development expands its presence in Poland.

The company was granted permission to invest in the Kraków Technology Park and by the end of 2012 plans to create there 150 jobs. - Operations undertaken in the special economic zone will boost our expansion in this part of Europe. Our Kraków-based facility will work on orders from our top clients in the finance and logistic sector. We have been now recruiting specialists in Java, NET, Flex, Oracle and MS SQL who will have the chance to cooperate in very interesting projects for the biggest companies in the world. - says Przemysław Berendt, Managing Director at Luxoft Poland.

Luxoft, which forms part of the IBS Group, is the leader in IT outsourcing services in the Central and Eastern Europe. Among the company’s clients there are Boeing, IBM, Harman, Avaya, Areva, Sabre. The company has regularly been granted awards for best IT providers in Europe.

The project was run in cooperation with the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency. (Luxoft)

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FUPH Lokas in the Kraków Technology Park

FUPH Lokas got the business activity permission in March.

The company, which operates in the plastic materials sector, declared to invest PLN 1.3 million. The investor will construct its facility and create 2 workplaces in the Zator subzone, one of the youngest and fastest-developing subzones of the Park. (Kraków Technology Park)

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Husqvarna opens its 1st factory in Poland

Husqvarna opens its 1st factory in Poland.

The Swedish investment, which cost almost EUR 25 million, was located in Mielec, in the Podkarpacie region within the Mielec Special Economic Zone. The official opening was attended by representatives of local and central administration.

Husqvarna is the world's biggest producer of lawn and garden equipment, and cutting equipment for the stone and construction industries. It took only 9 months to build the new factory in Mielec. The plant produces high-end products, among others, rider type lawn mowers and traditional mowers which meet requirements of the European market. In 2011 the Polish Husqvarna factory is planned to produce 80 000 machines. At the moment the facility manufactures equipment for Husqvarna and Jonsered but this summer production will be expanded and the plant will also produce lawn mowers for Klippo (for the Swedish market).

Krzysztof Wardęga - Managing Director of Husqvarna Poland

For Husqvarna Poland is one of the most important markets in Europe. For this reason the company's activities in Poland, concerning product distribution and equipment servicing, will now be expanded and will include production of selected equipment. Mielec, where the factory is situated, is a favourable location both because of its industrial climate and for distribution purposes. The investment is also our response to the growing global demand on equipment for lawn care. We believe in the potential of the Polish market and we do hope that it will soon acquire a strategic position in our European production and distribution system said Krzysztof Wardęga, Managing Director of Husqvarna Poland during the opening ceremony. The project cost EUR 25 million and is expected to generate 240 workplaces. (Compress)

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  • Consumer price and services index in March

    Price level of consumer goods and services in March 2011 rose by 0.9% in comparison to February 2011. In the first quarter of 2011 (1Q11) compared to the fourth quarter of 2010, the prices rose by 2.15% and by 3.8% when compared to the same period last year (i.e. 1Q2010). The biggest changes in the price level could be seen in food prices (by 4.0%) and in transport (by 3.4%). The smallest changes concerned prices of clothes and shoes (by 3.8%) and products and services in the field of communications (by 0.5%). (Central Statistical Office)

  • Exchange rates (as of 14.04.2011):









Source: www.nbp.pl

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Silesia, intelligent, energetic

Poland, Europe and the whole world have to address the issues of energy security and access to energy. Also, the EU energy and climate package makes EU countries limit emission of CO2.

The significance of efficiency in energy usage and energy security for the improvement of a country’s economic competitiveness is unquestionable. Yet implementation of policies on efficient energy usage on a Union- and nation-wide basis require involvement of numerous people and institutions which will have the will to really pursue the policies. Good efficient energy usage policies increase the attractiveness of companies in the long-run. In business circles it is the self-regulatory organizations that will be expected to play a special role and get engaged in the topic. That is why the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RIG) in Katowice organises a conference “Silesia! energetically intelligent” which will take place on April 15th, 2011 in the Euro-Centre (Katowice, 103 Ligocka Str. ). The energy efficiency debate will have a special significance in Silesia where energy-connected issues have always been of utmost importance. Hence, the aim of the event is to present the region as a place open to innovations, a region which is energetically intelligent.

The conference is organised under the patronage of the Minister for Regional Development, the Minister of Economy and the Minister of the Environment.

For more information please contact: Monika Jochymek, e-mail: mjochymek@rig.katowice.pl). (RIG)

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III European Economic Congress

The European Economic Congress 2011 (EEC), held from May 16th to 18th 2011 in Katowice, is one of the most important business events in Central Europe.

For three days Katowice becomes a place of discussion of several hundred debaters: people of politics, business, science and economy. The Organizing Committee - Patronage Council is in charge of the merits and the organizational shape of the Congress. Its Honorary Head is Jerzy Buzek, the President of the European Parliament, who always constitutes an essential guarantee of high level of the event. The leading topic of the next Congress will be competitive European economy. Together with panelists and guests we will reflect on what actions have to be undertaken, which processes need to be launched, which priorities we should focus on so that European economy can compete successfully with the most expansive economies of Asia and both Americas.

The crucial aspect competitiveness is the question of institutional reform of the EU which needs to function more efficiently and effectively. New EU order is opening another scope of Congress topics - covering problems of public finance, new EU budget perspective, processes of stabilization of EU members economies.

Among subjects of the European Economic Congress 2011 you can also find points connected with climate and energy package and its impact on economy, the future of power industry and common EU energy policy, competitiveness of traditional industrial sectors, innovations, relations industry - science and links between development of economy, regions and cities.

Problems of Central and Eastern Europe region will be a subject of separate discussion this year. More detailed discussions will concern, among others, mining, metallurgy, heat engineering, gas market and construction.

The Congress will be held almost on the eve of taking over the presidency of the Coucil of the European Union by Poland. On the one hand, it enhances guests’ interest in Poland and in participation in the Congress, on the other one, it creates a natural need of introducing priorities of Polish presidency into the scope of topics.

III European Economic Congress 2011 will gather over 4 500 guests from Poland and from abroad.

You can find more information about the European Economic Congress at: www.eec2011.eu (EEC)

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