|POLISH INFOMATION AND FOREIGN INVESTMENT AGENCY|
December 11th, 2014,
Randstad survey - the conservative optimism of Polish employers
“Polish employers turned out to be conservative and optimistic at the same time” - said PAIiIZ president Sławomir Majman during the conference presenting the results of Randstad’s a periodic survey. The meeting took place on 8 December in PAIiIZ.
Forecasted companies’ employment policy hasn’t significantly changed since the last quarter. Employers are slightly less willing to create new jobs (26% of them plan to increase employment). In contrary, their attention is now focused on maintaining and protecting staff against the effects of competition. Moreover, they seem to be more open to increase salaries of their employees (25% of respondents). It is a visible change, because during the past three quarters such declaration was made by 20% of them.
As it was pointed by director of admin & legal affairs in Randstad, Agnieszka Bulik, creation of additional jobs is announced mainly by companies employing from 10 to 49 people. “Those are the smallest companies participating in the survey. Previously, they were much more sparing in terms of new job creation”, argued Ms Bulik, adding that the second big group of employers who are to employ new staff, are companies based on foreign capital. “Nearly half of them will increase employment”, said Ms Bulik.
Surveyed entrepreneurs report the lack of technicians and skilled workers, engineers and masters and foremen in their local markets. However, according to PAIiIZ observation this situation may soon be changed. “There is a growing deficit of so called "blue collars". Nowadays, young people choose technical faculties more likely. Instead of following the most popular faculties they fallow real opportunities in the labor market”, argues president Majman.
More information: www.paiz.gov.pl/20141208/randstad_survey. (PAIiIZ)
Polish construction and food sectors in Canada
Canada and Poland have much in common, especially regarding the dynamic growth in trade and investments as well as academic cooperation. “The Ministry of Economy defines Canada as a top priority market”, argued PAIiIZ deputy president Monika Piątkowska during the Polish-Canadian Construction Forum that was held on 4 December in Toronto.
On the first day of the mission to Canada, representatives of Polish food industry together with deputy minister Kacperczyk and deputy president Piątkowska visited Omega Food Importers - the biggest importer of Polish food in Canada. They also paid a visit in Starsky supermarket that offers Polish products and is the first receiver of Polish apples that came to Canada just last Friday. Also the headquarters of Canada - Poland Chamber of Commerce, hosted a meeting between delegation from Poland and women-elite of Toronto. Polish delegation also paid a visit to new major of Toronto, Ms Bonie Crombie was the next highlight of the day.
On 4 December, Polish companies representing the construction sector took part in the Polish-Canadian Construction Forum that was held under Construct Canada fair. “Canadians are very experienced in doing business in Poland. Such giants as Pratt&Whitney or Goodrich Aerospace had a big share in success of the Aviation Valley - the cluster in the South-Eastern Poland gathering aviation and aerospace companies”, argued Monika Piątkowska.
5 December, the last day of the mission was dedicated to agri-food and energetic sectors. Participants of the mission took part in the Poland - Canada Economic Forum that was opened by deputy minister Katarzyna Kacperczyk. On the same day, meetings with Canadian central politicians in Ottava were arranged.
More information: www.paiz.gov.pl/20141205/polish_construction_and_food_sectors_in_canada. (PAIiIZ/MFA)
Sharing experience with Moldova and Ukraine in attracting FDI
The training projects regarding attracting FDI to Moldavia and Ukraine provided by PAIiIZ has just been completed. On this occasion, in the presence of PAIiIZ deputy president Anna Polak-Kocińska, Kishinev and Kiev hosted the conference summing up each project.
In Ukraine PAIiIZ held the second edition of the project. Under the programme, PAIiIZ trained 40 representatives of SAINPU (State Agency for Investment and National Projects of Ukraine) and state administration in Ukraine. In addition, a study visit to Poland for 12 trainees was arranged.
On the other hand, the capital city of Moldova, Kishinev hosted the three-moth-long training project regarding attracting FDI to Moldavia. The programme was designed to develop the positive business climate in Moldova and improve MIEPO’s (Moldovan investment agency) work to attract new foreign investors to the country. Under the programme, 110 people - representatives of MIEPO and employees of Moldovan state administration were trained by PAIiIZ regarding acquiring of investors and providing services for them. Also 8 trainees took part in study visit to Poland.
Until 12 December PAIiIZ provides final training for Moldovan administration in terms of FDI acquisition and foreign exports of Moldovan products and services. (PAIiIZ)
Evening of the Polish Economy in Italy
The capital city of Italy hosted the even entitled “The Evening of the Polish Economy” that was dedicated to Polish participation in the next year's International EXPO Exhibition in Milan. Polish side was represented at the event by undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Economy Arkadiusz Bąk and PAIiIZ president & Commissioner General of the Polish Section of EXPO 2015, Sławomir Majman.
“Poland will present its famous optimism that Europe needs so much”, argued Sławomir Majman during the meeting with Italian companies. ”Feeding the planet, energy for life” is the official motto of EXPO 2015 that will be hold in Milan between 1 May and 31 October 2015. The exhibition will be attended by about 150 countries around the world, including Poland. Next year's edition of the exhibition is dedicated to the agri-food sector that is considered as Polish export specialty.
In 2013, on the list of the largest foreign investors supported by PAIiIZ there were 78 companies with Italian capital. On the other hand, Polish companies present on Italian market invest mainly in pharmaceutical, automotive, construction, trade and transport sectors. In terms of invested capital, Bioton is considered as the biggest Polish investors in Italy. The company has invested €17m there.
More information: www.paiz.gov.pl/20141204/evening_of_the_polish_economy_in_italy. (PAIiIZ)
INVESTMENTS IN POLAND
The year in investments
50 completed investment projects with a total value of €1,809.74m which will create 8,513 new jobs in the nearest future - it’s a preliminary result of investments supported by PAIiIZ in 2014.
Recently, 4 new investment projects have appeared in PAIiIZ portfolio. The total value of 153 investment projects currently serviced by PAIiIZ is €2,836.59m. There are also 30,579 new jobs planned due to ongoing FDI projects.
Undoubtedly, the leader in terms of country of investors' origin is still US. The value of 51 American investments is €780.95m; 7,315 new jobs are planned by companies from the US. Investors from Germany are on the 2nd place (21 investment projects with worth €289.65m and 4,443 new jobs planned). On the podium, there are also investors from France (11 investment projects worth €197.7m, 2,606 new jobs planned). Following position have been taken by investors from the UK (8 projects), India and South Korea (7 projects each).
In terms of sector, the most popular is BPO (36 investment projects worth €36.25m, 10,155 new jobs planned). The leader is followed by automotive sector (32 investment projects. worth €586.25m, 7120 new jobs planned), food (14 projects worth €57.2m, 1,766 new jobs planned) aviation (12 projects), wood (12 projects) and electronics and ICT (6 projects each).
More information: www.paiz.gov.pl/20141208/year_of_paiiiz_investments. (PAIiIZ)
Mission completed: new investors from Germany and Japan
635 new jobs and nearly €28 m - this is the expected result of investment mission to Germany that was held recently by PAIiIZ in cooperation with Deustche Bank while due to PAIiIZ investment mission to Tokyo two companies are interested in entering Polish.
During the mission to Japan attended by PAIiIZ and representatives of the Pomeranian and Łódź SEZs, PAIiIZ representatives met with 12 Japanese companies. Due to that, two of them were already added to the list of projects provided by the Agency.
Meanwhile, under the investment mission to Germany a meeting with clients of the Deustche Bank in Dusseldorf and Stuttgart that are interested in investing in Poland was held. A similar meeting with three German companies was arranged in the headquarters of NRW Bank. PAIiIZ representatives also met with companies representing engineering and food industries gathered in the association of companies operating in the region of Lübeck in Northern Germany.
Moreover, the Agency’s delegation met representatives of the Chamber of Commerce of city and the land of Bremen. This region is described as the German hub of heavy industry and specialises in the manufacturing of fibreglass. The bilateral talks were focused on Polish potential investments in Bremen. It is worth to mention that membership in chambers for is mandatory all companies operating in Germany.
Agency does not provide more detailed information about new projects acquired due to the investment missions to Japan and Germany. (PAIiIZ)
GE opens a “brilliant” factory in Poland
GE break ground on $54m “brilliant” factory and Customer Experience Center in Bielsko-Biala, Poland.
GE New Bielsko-Biala facility is to become one of company’s first “global” brilliant factories with advanced manufacturing to better serve its customers globally and bring products to market faster. The Bielsko-Biala facility will enable GE to accelerate product development and manufacturing by combining engineering, development, testing and manufacturing operations in a centralized, high-tech environment. The brilliant factory will leverage digital fabrication technology, lean manufacturing methods, rapid prototyping, advanced materials sciences, supply chain efficiency and open innovation.
The new facility will be one of the largest in the region, capable of employing up to 1,200 employees. (GE)
Investment attractiveness of Polish provinces in 2014
On the 12th of December in PAIiIZ hosts the presentation of annual report entitled “Investment attractiveness of Polish provinces in 2014”. The meeting starts at 12:15.
During the conference, international experience in creating science and technology parks as modern instruments to increase investment attractiveness and regional development will be presented.
The report has been compiled to the order of PAIiIZ by Warsaw School of Economics under the direction of Professor Hanna Godlewska-Majkowska.
More information: www.paiz.gov.pl/20141205/investment_atractiveness_of_polish_provinces. (PAIiIZ)
Food industry in China
On 18 December, PAIiIZ will host a seminar focusing on the food market in China.
The seminar’s aim is to familiarise Polish business with the practical aspects of cooperation with a Chinese business partner. Distribution channels, methods of entering the Chinese market and procedures of products registration are the most important highlights of the meeting. The conference is addressed to representatives of Polish companies, special economic zones and to the media.
Companies interested in participating in the event should register online by www.paiz.gov.pl/rynek_spozywczy until 15 December, 12:00.
Admission is free of charge. Conference is held in Polish.
More information: www.paiz.gov.pl/20141218/food_industry_in_china. (PAIiIZ)
German market - a chance for Polish Businessmen
On the 15 December, in Poznań the debate on opportunities of business development of Polish companies in German market will take place.
During the meeting, the participants will learn about the support for Polish companies provided by Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Polish regarding economic diplomacy in Germany. The offer of Promotion of Trade and Investment Department of the Polish Embassy in Germany and German economic institutions will also be presented.
The event is directed to businessmen, representatives of local authorities and everyone who is interested in doing business in Germany.
Applications should be sent to email@example.com until the 11 December.
The event has been arranged by Instytut Zachodni, Ośrodek Debaty Międzynarodowej. The participation in the meeting is free of charge. More information on www.rodm-poznan.pl/rynek-niemiecki-szansa-dla-polskiego-przedsiebiorcy.html. (RODM)
FROM THE REGIONS
Pomerania Educational Cluster
Under the agreement between three sides: Pomeranian SEZ, Pomeranian Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises and Fundacja Pozytywne Inicjatywy the Pomerania Educational Cluster has been established.
The Cluster will participate in the cooperation between local educational centres and business, to support them in shaping the local market of graduates of technical schools and vocational schools. Pomeranian SEZ is a coordinator of the project. (PSEZ)
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