March 24th, 2017,
 Issue 528


Poland - the partner country of Hannover Messe 2017
Poland will be the partner country of Hannover Messe 2017. Almost 200 Polish companies will participe in this largest and most important industrial events in the world. The start-ups, eight regions and five special economic zones will be gathered in the heart of the Polish presentation, at the national stand. The Polish Investment and Trade Agency is responsible for the artistic programme of the Hannover Messe 2017 grand opening ceremony as well as for the inauguration of the Polish national stand. Both shows will be attended by Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as by representatives of the Polish government. The programme of the promotion of Poland at Hannover Messe 2017 was presented in the Ministry of Economic Development on 23 March.

Innovative image of Poland at Hannover Messe 2017 will be presented under the slogan SMART MEANS POLAND. Also the symbol of Polish presence at this international trade show is worth noticing. It is a k-dron - symmetrical and at the same time asymmetrical geometric figure, invented by the Polish artist Janusz Kapusta.

Poland will start to promote itself on 23 April, at the grand opening ceremony of the Hannover Messe 2017. The event will be broadcasted by the media from all over the world. It will be attended by prime minister Beata Szydło, chancellor Angela Merkel, representatives of central and regional authorities of Poland and Germany, as well as representatives of German industrial organizations and the largest companies present at the fair. Polish Investment and Trade Agency is responsible for the artistic programme of the ceremony. During the artistic spectacle, the organisers will show that Poland has always been a source of innovations that shaped the world. After the show, official speeches of minister Beata Szydło and chancellor Angela Merkel have been planned.

Olga Malinkiewicz, fouder of Saule Technologies and inventor of innovative photovoltaic cells, who will be present at Polish stand at Hannover Messe 2017

The Polish Investment and Trade Agency is also responsible for the opening ceremony of the Polish exhibition at the national stand of Poland at the Hannover Messe 2017. Covering about 1,200 m2, the pavilion, will be officially opened on 24 April by the heads of Polish and German governments, as well as by deputy prime ministers Mateusz Morawiecki and Jarosław Gowin. This will be a symbolic moment for the entire exhibition in Hannover. With the opening of the Polish stand, the Hannover Messe 2017 trade show will be opened for public.

The organisers of the Polish presence at Hannover Messe 2017:
Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Polish Development Fund, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, Polish Investment and Trade Agency, Industrial Development Agency, National Center for Research and Development.

Main Partners: PKN Orlen, PKO Bank Polski.

Strategic Partners: PZU S.A, the Office of Technical Inspection, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, Polish Oil and Gas Mining Company (PGNiG), Kostrzyn-Słubice Special Economic Zone, Famur, Pomeranian Special Economic Zone

(Ministry of Economic Development; Polish Investment and Trade Agency)

Iran and Poland will jointly benefit from the cooperation
According to experts, Poland has ‘moved from the very end to the beginning of the queue’ to the Iranian market. How to take business advantage of the good starting position of our country in Iran? President of the Agency, Tomasz Pisula, and guests of the Polish-Iranian debate, arranged by Rzeczpospolita and KPMG were trying to find the answer to that question.

‘Poland has a very good reputation in Iran’, explained Vahid Tahery, President of the Polish-Iranian Chamber of Commerce. “The country is considered as >>the second Germany<< , the country of high-tech’, Tahery added. Kahev Taghizadeh, partner and head of the Iranian section at KPMG agreed with him. In his opinion, the lack of negative connotations in Iran is the great advantage of our country, whereas in case of many countries that are now entering this Asian state, negative connotation might affect bilateral relations.

Tomasz Pisula: has a hunger for consumer goods

The abolition of sanctions has significantly boosted trade between the two partners. According to the head of the Agency, Tomasz Pisula, Polish exports to Iran increased fivefold during this period. ‘Iran has a hunger for consumer goods. Poland can offer Iran the Western-quality goods at East European prices’, Pisula explained. ‘Both countries will earn a lot on cooperation", he added. Pisula also remained to the audience that there has been a sixfold increase in imports from Iran to Poland since the sanctions were finished. “Usually completing the business in Iran - from contract signing through its implementation, to payment - lasts two years’, Pisula explained. He added that money transfer is one of the biggest challenges in that case.

More information: www.paiz.gov.pl/20170322/iran_and_poland_will_jointly_benefit_from_cooperation. (Polish Investment and Trade Agency)


If you have established a business in Poland and you are interested in entering Iran, please contact Trade Office of Polish Investment and Trade Agency in Teheran:

  • Jarosław Kaczyński - Head of Trade Office in Teheran
    No. 8, Razagh Zadeh Alley, After Park Way Cross Road
    Valiasr Ave. Tehran 19656
Poland - Egypt Economic Forum, the new era of cooperation
‘We are opening a new era of Polish-Egyptian relations’ said secretary of State at the Ministry of Economic Development while opening the Poland - Egypt Economic Forum, on 17 March 2017 in Warsaw. 'Poland has technology while Egypt has skilled, low cost labour', noted H.E. Tarek Kabil, minister of Trade and Industry of Egypt. As informed president of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency Tomasz Pisula, Poland’s export to Egypt amounted to EUR 334m, last year. ‘I am very much hoping, that the bilateral investment and trade will increase’, concluded Pisula.

‘We see the opportunities in mining, oil and gas, and railway sector, food industry, agriculture and machinery. We should also return to old times when we had very good relations in defence industry’, emphasised secretary Kwieciński.

Poland-Egipt Economic Forum

“From 2016, we have started to focus on economic reforms. Now, we are also developing specific export plans', said minister Tarek Kabil. ‘The major part of the Egyptian GDP is generated by industry, and other sectors as agriculture, service and tourism on the fourth place’ - noted minister Kabil.

Signing the cooperation agreement between Ministry of Economic Development and Ministry of Trade and Industry in Egypt

The president of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency, Tomasz Pisula spoked about the results of mutual trade and investments, stressing that the potential for economic cooperation is much higher. ‘Polish exports to Egypt was worth EUR 334m, last year. The cumulative value of Polish investments in Egypt in 2015 reached EUR 21m, and the Egyptian in Poland EUR 20m’, Pisula informed.

The forum was organised together by the Polish Investment and Trade Agency and the Commercial Office of the Egyptian Embassy in Warsaw. (PAIH)

Tomasz Pisula speaking about trade exchange between Poland and Egypt

Więcej informacji: www.paiz.gov.pl/20170317/Poland_Egypt_Economic_Forum


Reinvestment in Kamienna Góra
Kamienna Góra Special Economic Zone issued a business permit for Bauer Print Wykroty.

This is the third permission for Bauer Print Wykroty in the Kamienna Góra SEZ. The company runs one of the largest rotogravure printing presses in Central Europe, operating in the Zone since 2006.

Till today, Kamienna Góra SEZ has issued 121 business permits. (SSEMP)


Doing Business in Portugal and Brazil
Polish-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (PPCC) together with the Honorary Consulate of Brazil in Kraków invite you to join ‘Doing Business in Portugal and Brazil’ meeting that will be hold in Kraków University of Economics (ul. Rakowiecka 27, Kraków), on 28 March, 2017.

All companies operating in Małopolska interested in export and investment in Brazil and Portugal are welcome to join the meeting. The business opportunities waiting in those markets will be presented by ambassadors of both countries in Poland as well as by the Honorary Consul of Brazil in Kraków, Mr Grzegorz Hajdarowicz.

The meeting will be hold in Polish and English.

The access to the meeting is available after registration RSVP: wb@ppcc.pl

Future Space Conference
On the 28th of March 2017, techBrainers R&D Club with the Luxembourg Embassy In Poland invite the heads, managers, innovation experts and company leaders interested in the Space sector to a very special event: ‘FUTURE SPACE CONFERENCE. Luxembourg-Poland First Roundtable on the Industrial and Commercial Dimensions of Outer Space’.

Participium in the conference will enable Polish entrepreneurs who operate in Poland to establish business relations with the representatives of the innovation sector of Luxembourg.

Lectures will be held in English. The event is free and the number of participants is limited.

Those interested, please fill out the form below: https://techbrainers.typeform.com/to/frvFSN

Your registration will be confirmed in a separate email within 3 working days. The organizers reserve the right to approve the final list of participants.

The conference will take place in the Embassy of Luxembourg in Warsaw (Słoneczna 15 Street, 00-789 Warsaw).

If you need any further information, please feel free to contact:

PreSelect USA
The U.S. Commercial Service in Warsaw, Polish Investment and Trade Agency, Miller Canfield, Avitus Group, Citi Handlowy and C.A.S.E invite for the meeting for Polish companies interested in investing in the USA. The event will take place on 5 April, at the Information Centre of the Agency (Bagatela 12, Warsaw) from 9:30 to 15:00.

The meeting with experts is not accidentally referred to the Select USA Investment Summit organised in US. Participants of the meeting will be able to participate in speed business meetings with high-level law, accounting, HR, IT, and banking experts, who help investors succeed in the US.

The conference is held in Polish with simultaneous translation.

More information: www.paiz.gov.pl/20170504/preselect_usa. (Polish Agency for Investment and Trade)


Poland - an outstanding success story
‘Poland moved from middle to high-income status in less than 15 years’, says the new World Bank report ‘Lessons from Poland, Insights for Poland’. The Report addresses two sets of questions: what can other learn from the remarkable transition of our country and what policies could it adopt to continue its ascent.

According to the report, the incomes inequality coefficient - the Gini - did not increase - Poland has one of the lowest Gini coefficients among countries that have become high-income since 2000 - the ‘new high-income countries’. It also has one of the lowest internal regional variations in GDP per capita.

How did Poland achieve this success? After the reforms of the transition from socialism, Poland got the institutions right - the rule of law, property rights, democratic accountability and basic market institutions. Sound macroeconomic policies provided stability and resilience. Such continuity of policy reforms as well as singularity of vision was achieved only by the East Asian Tigers, however Poland got this in the context of vibrant multiparty democracy.

© Sean Gladwell - Fotolia.com

The report also describes Poland as ‘an outstanding economic and development success story’. Poland was the only European country to record positive growth in 2008 and completely avoid a banking sector crisis.

However, Poland’s transformation is bringing a new economic and demographic challenges. Looking ahead, the report provides several insights for Poland, such as making services more client-oriented, resolving the question of aging population, ramping up infrastructure investments.

More information: www.worldbank.org/en/country/poland/publication/lessons-from-poland-insights-for-poland. (World Bank)


Lubelskie focused on exports
‘New Agency will be >>the first point of contact<< for exporters and investors planning the development of their foreign activity’ - said jointly Krzysztof Senger, executive vice-president of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency and the Agency’s experts during the conference entitled Eksport - Invest in Lubelskie, arranged on 17 March in Lublin.

Local companies, members of public administration and representatives of science came to Lublin to discuss the impact of the governmental Responsible Development Plan on the Lublin export opportunities and the inflow of foreign investment to the region.

Marshal of Lubelskie province and executive vice-president of Polish Investment and Trade Agency

Development of relationships between the central and local partners in Lubelskie province was one of the highlights of the meeting. ‘Cooperation with Polish regions is crucial. There is no better partner than a region when it comes to foreign expansion of Polish business’, Senger argued.

During the meeting, Mr Senger and the Marshal of the Lubelskie Province Sławomir Sosnowski signed a cooperation agreement between the Polish Investment and Trade Agency and the authorities of the province. (Polish Investment and Trade Agency)

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