March 24th, 2011,
Issue 219




Employers’ plans: prognoses for 2nd and 3rd quarter of 2011

The Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency and Randstad invite everybody to a press conference on March 31st (Thursday) at 10.00 at the PAIiIZ Information Centre, 12 Bagatela Str.

During the meeting the Randstad Research Institute and TNS OBOP will present results of employers' survey conducted in November 2010 among Polish employers.

The survey covered the following issues: Employers plans for the 1st quarter of 2011. Their estimations concerning the labour market in 2011. Prognoses of changes in employment level and structure. Chances of salary rises in Poland.

After the presentation of the survey, organisers invite everybody to take part in a debate which will be attended by labour market experts from TNS OBOP, the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency and Randstad.

Participation is free of charge. To confirm your participation please contact Agnieszka Garbacz at +48 22 334 99 80 or at agnieszka.garbacz@paiz.gov.pl(PAIiIZ)

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Multisectoral trade mission to Rio de Janeiro

The Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ) organizes a multisectoral trade mission to Rio de Janeiro from June 13th to June 19th, 2011.

The mission offers opportunities to establish economic contacts and enter in co-operation with Brazilian partners.

Participants will take part in a Polish - Brazilian economic Forum which will be followed by a match-making session. Moreover, entrepreneurs will have the chance to attend Brazil Offshore 2011 which will be taking place from June 14th to June 17th in Macaé and on which the Polish Embassy's Trade and Investment Promotion Section in Sao Paulo will have an information stand.

Costs of participation in the Macaé-based fairs will not be covered by the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency but by participants.

Entrepreneurs willing to take part in the mission may obtain subsidy to cover the mission-related costs from the Operational Programme - Innovative Economy 2007-2013, subaction 6.5.1 “Promotion of Polish economy on international markets”.

Application forms are available here: www.mg.gov.pl/node/10299.

The mission has been organised within the system project “Promotion of Polish economy on international markets” (subaction 6.5.1 Operational Programme - Innovative Economy). (PAIiIZ)

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Representatives of Eastern Poland on Shared Services & Outsourcing Week in Orlando, USA

Representatives of the BPO and IT sectors from the macroregion of Eastern Poland and delegates of regional administration entities from the region took part in the conference from March 1st to 3rd, 2011.

The three-day conference was devoted to issues connected with the BPO, SSC and IT sector and was attended by the biggest world representatives of the sectors, mainly from the USA, Europe and South America. This year the conference gathered such players as: Deloitte, Citi Group, American Express, Capgemini, Tata Consultancy Services, KPMG, Trintech, Kraft Foods, Coca Cola, Kelly Outsourcing & Consulting Group. The meeting attracted also investment agencies from Lithuania, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Costa Rica and Uruguay. Eastern Poland presented its potential in the BPO and IT sectors on a specially organised stand. Moreover, the region co-organised a welcome reception for all the conference attendees during the first day of the event. The Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency was represented by Ms Bożena Czaja, Member of the PAIiIZ Board who spoke about the investment and economic potential of the region.

Ms Bożena Czaja - Member of the PAIiIZ Management Board, gave a speech
about economic and investment climate in Poland

The event was a perfect occasion to establish new business contacts. Participants could take part in a number of discussion panels and could listen to speeches which provided updated information about the characteristics of the sectors in the USA and about development trends in the industries. Representatives of regional administration units from Białystok, Kielce and Lublin had the chance to distribute information about economic conditions and investment opportunities of their towns among potential investors and interested entrepreneurs.

Representatives of Eastern Poland

The stand of Eastern Poland gathered together representatives of: Intratel, Polskie Stowarzyszenie Doradcze i Konsultingowe from Białystok, Mikrobit, E-Studio Software Nowakowska i Mędrek Sp.J from Lublin, Teledirect, Slavis from Kielce, VISACOM from Olsztyn and IDEO from Rzeszów.

Participants took part in the fairs thanks to the Programme of Economic Promotion of Eastern Poland co-ordinated by the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency witinin the framework of the Operational Programme - Development of Eastern Poland. Measure I.4 Promotion and Co-operation. (PAIiIZ)

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The Mielec Special Economic Zone issued its 200 business activity permission

The 200 business activity permission was granted to MPC METAL on March 11th, 2011.

Investor declared to create 35 new jobs and invest PLN 7 million.

MPC METAL plans to buy a 1ha plot and wants to construct a production floor (around 1890 m2) and install two technology lines for the production of wires and bars.

MPC METAL was established in Lublin in 2010. The company’s products have been widely used in the automotive, furniture, construction industry and in artistic blacksmith. MPC METAL wants to export its products to Eastern markets (Russia and Ukraine) and also gain on importance on the Polish market (mainly in the automotive industry). (ARP)

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Zakłady Azotowe “Puławy” in the Starachowice Special Economic Zone

The company was granted its 3rd business activity permission to operate in the SEZ.

Zakłady Azotowe “Puławy” plans to start production of a new solid fertilizer PULGRAN® S. This is the company’s third permission to operate within the zone. The company will start production in the Puławy subzone. By the end of 2013 Zakłady Azotowe will have invested PLN 68 000 000 and by the end of 2020 the company plans to increase employment up to 85 persons.

The project is planned to be finished in June 2013. This permission is the fifth permission issued by the SEZ in 2011. (Starachowice SEZ)

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  • Good economic prospects

    Weak Polish zloty helps companies which produce for export, especially to Germany. Moreover, the Central Statistical Office informed that industrial production in February 2011 rose by 10.7% y-o-y. (Central Statistical Office)

  • Exchange rates (as of 24.03.2011):









Source: www.nbp.pl

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Pomorze Investor Assistance Centre - active and successful

In the last months the Centre recorded a 30% y-o-y increase in the number of investor inquiries.

In February this year the Centre issued a new publication “Invest in Pomerania” which you can find here www.madeinpomorskie.pl/files/108/226/19_invest_in_pomerania.pdf. New materials were presented on the international CeBIT fairs in Hannover which were attended by representatives of the region.

Last year representatives of the Centre took part in a trade mission to Flanders where the Centre promoted Pomorze. Thanks to the mission Pomorze was visited by the Flanders president - Kris Peeters. Due to the fact that both regions have a similar economic structure, the potential to enter into a fruitful co-operation is big.

Representatives of the Centre on CeBIT in Hannover

There were also some investment successes e.g. the ICT project by Nevion, a company which will in the upcoming months open its office in Gdańsk.

In the first quarter of the year the Centre received results of an Analysis of investment attractiveness of the Pomorze region which was prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Gdańsk Institute for Market Economics (IBnGR) and shows priority sectors which stand a good chance of developing in the future. That is why regional marketing will focus on attracting investors from the main three sectors: ICT, BPO/SCC and logistics as well as from the following industries which are expected to develop in the region in the future: energetic, chemical (pharmaceutics and cosmetics) and automotive.

At the moment the team from the Pomorze Investor Assistance Centre have been preparing themselves for the Amstardam Shared Service&Outsourcing Week. (Pomorze Investor Assistance Centre)

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World Invention Fairs

Warsaw-based Technology Museum NOT for 18th time presents Polish inventions which were in 2010 rewarded on the most important International Invention fairs in Belgium, France, the USA, Switzerland, Russia and other countries worldwide.

In Warsaw the Institute of Medical Technology and Equipment was awarded for an invention which got GRAND PRIX on Brussels Innova 2010

Honorary patronage of the event was taken by professor Barbara Kudrycka, Minister of Science and Higher Education.

The fairs were officially opened on March 7th at the Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science. The opening gathered a number of representatives of science and media circles. During the ceremony visitors had the chance to listen to speeches given by professor Zbigniew Marciniak, the Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Alicja Adamczak PhD, president of the Polish Patent Bureau and Ewa Mankiewicz-Cudny MA, president of NOT. Authors of inventions which were rewarded last year, were represented by professor Maria Ciechanowska, Head of the Oil and Gas Institute which in 2010 presented and gathered prices for 30 inventions and professor Fryderyk Prochaczek, co-author of an invention which was awarded GRAND PRIX on Brussels Innova 2010.

This year’s Polish presentation of the inventions attracted new solutions from a number of fields e.g. medicine, ecology, chemistry, construction, metallurgy and safety.

Jury awarding commendations was paying special attention to the level of innovation, used technology, reflection of the solutions in reality and the way they were presented, social usefulness, possibilities of introduction on the market. Among the awarded authors there were also very young inventors.

Successes of Polish inventors result from a great effort of a number of people. Effort invested in the technology development in Poland promotes the whole country and improves the image of Polish science in the world. (Eurobusiness-Haller)

Official opening of the 18th International Inventions Fairs in Warsaw

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