December 24th, 2015,
 Issue 465


Deputy Minister Domagalski at PAIiIZ: export is our priority
"The priority of the new government is to provide effective support for Polish entrepreneurs in exports and investments on foreign markets", declared new deputy minister of development Radosław Domagalski during a meeting with entrepreneurs and PAIiIZ management.

"We strive to make the system of support for Polish companies as effective as in the Western Europe" said deputy minister. He added, that one of the most important projects of the government is to create a one, consolidated institution supporting the foreign expansion of Polish companies.

Minister Domagalski announced introduction of new instruments supporting  Polish business abroad. Entrepreneurs present at the meeting discussed and assessed export-oriented progammes managed by PAIiIZ: GoChina, GoAfrica as well as launched in December 2015 GoArctic. "Our success in Africa would not be possible without the governmental support" said president of Ursus Karol Zarajczyk.

dep. minister Domagalski: "We strive to make the system of support for Polish companies as effective as in the Western Europe"

"These programmes help to fight against stereotypes of Poland existing abroad", added Jakub Kowalski from Fon-SKB. Domagalski promised Polish companies to do his best to reactivate the GoIndia programme and, in the future, create a new one called GoIran. "We will gradually increase our involvement in that region" declared deputy minister.

The companies also drew attention to the importance of Polish diplomatic missions in foreign markets. Entrepreneurs agreed that those institutions are essential when increasing the presence of Polish business, especially in Africa. Business representatives also pointed out that there is no partnering banks, through which it would be easier to finance Polish investments. Also the number of centres of competence where companies could obtain comprehensive information on the market and partners, is insufficient.

Talks on supporting Polish export among business and representatives of new Ministry of Development held in PAIiIZ headquarters

Support for Polish companies abroad was discussed at the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ) on 21 December among entrepreneurs interested in expansion into foreign markets, undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Development Radosław Domagalski and members of PAIiIZ  Borad: president Sławomir Majman, Michał D±browski and Sławomir Krużmanowski. (PAIiIZ)

PAIiIZ as communication coordinator of 16 + 1
The role of PAIiIZ in Poland - China relations is growing. During the Third High Level Symposium of the Think Tank China & Central Eastern Europe in Beijing, the decision was made to create the coordinated system of information exchange for all institution of so called “16+1 Initiative” and think tanks focused on China - CEE cooperation. PAIiIZ is to be the coordinator of the system.

Scientists, diplomats and representatives of the Chinese and European think-tanks arrived to Beijing to take part in "The Third High Level Symposium of Think Tank China & CEE" and to discuss the cooperation between 16 CEE countries with China. Poland was represented by former deputy prime minister Grzegorz Kołodko and PAIiIZ president Sławomir Majman. In his speech, Majman emphasized the benefits for China and the European Sixteen of cooperation in the project "One Belt. One Road". Majman expects the inflow of new investments to the region, especially in  infrastructure. Many of them, as he pointed out, may be located in Poland. "We would like Poland to become a transport hub for China in CEE," said Majman.

The initiative "16 + 1" coordinates cooperation between China and Central - Eastern Europe. Within this project, five secretariats responsible for different sectors has been established. Two of them, dedicated to investment and trade promotion, operate in Poland. Secretariats specialised in the segment of transport, agriculture and tourism are located in other countries of "16+1" initiative. In each of the countries, also think-tanks focusing on cooperation with China have been created.

On 17 December  in Beijing, the day after the "Third High Level Symposium of the Think Tank China & CEE", PAIiIZ's president Mr Majman met the minister, deputy president of the NPC Foreign Affairs Committee Mrs Zhao Baige. During the meeting both sides agreed the necessity of creation the unit coordinating the exchange of information between all European countries of "16+1". This role has been delegated to PAIiIZ, which is already responsible for the Secretariat for Investments and coordinates the activities of all the investment promotion agencies of the Member States of 16 + 1. (PAIiIZ)

Time to build an export-oriented programmes
"Support for exports is one of the government's priorities in the coming years. Therefore, this is the best time to build an export-oriented programmes" said deputy president of PAIiIZ Michał D±browski during the Industry Forum in Karpacz. Debate with the participation of several hundred Polish and foreign companies, public administration, experts and media from CEE was held between 18 and 20 December 2015.

"Previous initiatives confirm our belief that the export-oriented programmes help companies to enter new markets more dynamically" said Mr D±browski.

"The assistance of governmental institutions, such as PAIiIZ and ongoing cooperation with the Ministry of Development is a guarantee of the success" he assessed.

The panel discussion entitled "The need or extravagance - is it worth to invest abroad? Support for export and investment expansion in Poland and other countries" was also attended by Naofumi Makino, CEO of the Warsaw branch of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Nicolas Neve De Mevergnies, economic and commercial counsellor at Brussels Invest & Export, Janusz Komurkiewicz, member of the Board of FAKRO company and Szymon Ostrowski, deputy director of the Corporate Banking Department at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China ICBC.

According to the panellists, Polish companies should get the complete offer encouraging them to international expansion.

"It should include both  the guideline how to finance the project as well as the selection of countries where selling the product will most profitable", said D±browski. (PAIiIZ)


Business permit for Graficon
Kraków Technology Park issued the last business permission this year. Graficon will invest PLN 6 milion in the Niepołomice sub-zone and will create 5 new jobs.

The company specialises in mailing campaigns and printing. The new investment includes the construction of office building and a production hall.

Subzone in Niepołomice is the largest subzone of Kraków Special Economic Zone. Among investors operating in this area there are MAN Trucks, NIDEC MOTORS & ACTUATORS, an American corporation Woodward and the French leader in the electronics industry Somfy. (KPT)


Outsourcing Stars Awards
On 28 January 2016, Warsaw will host The Outsourcing Gala Stars, the event presenting the Polish outsourcing BSS sector. PAIiIZ took the patronage over the event.

The Outsourcing Stars Gala will gather representatives of the government, local authorities, public agencies, academics, and international experts from outsourcing and shared services sectors. The fastest growing companies in the industry will be also awarded for their annual achievements.

The Outsourcing Stars Gala 2015 will be held in the Institute of Power Engineering in Warsaw (Instytut Wysokich Napięć).

More information: www.proprogressio.pl/pl/gala/gala-outsourcing-stars-2015.html (PAIiIZ)


The labor market in 2015 and forecasts for 2016
Throughout 2015, a high growth rate of employment for specialists and managers was maintained, and at the same time a small proportion of layoffs was reported. As many as 70% of Polish employers declared that, at the time of the survey, they were recruiting specialists and managers, and 67% planned to recruit them over the next three months - the result of recent Antal  report shows.

The study of the recruitment company Antal "Activity of professionals and managers in the labor market in Poland" indicates that specialists and managers received last year an average of 8 jobs offers from employers. The most frequently sought were the employees from the area of IT, Logistics and Engineering.

Antal report also shows that Polish specialists and managers attach increasing importance to the size and prestige of the company, in which they want to work. Interestingly, financial conditions (indicated by 34% of respondents) are not as important as last year. In 2015 that was the management style and organisational culture of the company which was the uppermost criteria (41% of responses).

For some time, in most of the sectors companies are feeling the pressure of the candidate-driven market, what is a challenge both for businesses and for recruitment agencies. Internal PR and HR departments in organisations should ensure an open and thoughtful internal communication, but also about employer branding - believes the authors of the report. (Antal)


Export: interesting facts in 2015
The past year has been an interesting time in the Polish foreign trade, full of unexpected occurrences and experiences. Below are some of interesting export facts from the summary prepared by the financial institution Akcenta.
  1. The increase in exports, despite the Russian embargo. Beginning of the year did not allow for a positive outlook for Polish exports. Meanwhile, despite declines in trade with Russia this year at the level of approx. 30 percent y / y, the falling exchange with this country has not broken Polish exports. Moreover, from January to October 2015. Polish exports increased by 7 percent y / y. Russia's share in the total Polish exports, a year ago at 4.4 percent has reduced to only 2.9 percent. According Akcenta, many entrepreneurs depended on eastern markets suffered as the result of the embargo, however, many of them could quickly diversify and enter new markets.

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  2. Polish boats in the Bahamas. This year the inconspicuous Bahamas turned out to be the big surprise, as the country jumped to first place in the ranking of the most important recipients of Polish exports throughout Latin America. The value of exports to this small island country (more than PLN 2.7 billion) was higher than to such powers as Mexico or Brazil. And it's all thanks to the export of vessels for the transport of persons or goods, tankers and cruise ships and other cruise boats. These huge vessels helped the Bahamas to jump from 42nd to 28th on the list of the consumers of Polish goods, according to data for the 3rd Q 2015.

  3. New markets open. This year, Vietnam has opened for Polish apples and now Poland is one of only two EU countries (the other being France), which can send these fruits to the Vietnamese market. Additionally, Singapore, Macedonia and Egypt has opened for Polish pork, and the last country also for Polish milk and dairy products. This year, the Polish dairy products also gained access to the Indian market. Poland is also getting closer to pork and apples export to China.

The summary was prepared by payment institution Akcenta. (Akcenta)

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