October 27th, 2011,
Issue 250




Chinese meetings in PAIiIZ

Meetings with Chinese media and business representatives took place on October 25th, 2011 at the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency.

Last Monday PAIiIZ hosted two Chinese delegations. The first delegation comprised of 20 representatives of Shanghai companies and institutions active in trade and investment. The meeting organised by PAIiIZ was attended also by representatives of the Trade Section of the Embassy of the Peoples’ Republic of China in Poland and the consulting company Ernst&Young. Moreover, the Delegation held a meeting in Cracow with the Head of the Małopolskie Voivodeship Executive Board, Mr Marek Sowa. Members of the Delegation gained an insight into the economic potential of Poland and learned details of available investment  projects and cooperation possibilities.

The aim of the second meeting was to exchange experience concerning economic promotion. The meeting was attended by the Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Economy, Mr Rafał Baniak, an expert from the Ministry of Economy, Ms Anna Długosz and the President of PAIiIZ, Mr Sławomir Majman. The Chinese delegation included 17 representatives of SAIC – a government agency for trade and industry which is run by the Deputy Minister, Ms Gan Lin.

At the moment PAIiIZ has been hosting also a group of 10 Chinese journalists who represent, among others, the economic TV CCTV, Oriental Morning Post, Economic Daily, China Business News and the Chinese Information Agency. In the first four days of their visit the journalists met the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Mr Waldemar Pawlak, the Minister for Regional Development Ms Elżbieta Bieńskowska, President of the National Bank of Poland (NBP) Mr Marek Belka, the management of the Ministry of Finance, the management of the company PL 2012, President of Wrocław Mr Rafał Dutkiewicz, Head of the Małopolskie Voivdeshpi Executive Board Mr Marek Sowa and Chinese investors operating in Poland.  (PAIiIZ)

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Looking for a partner for your project?

Have a look at our base of investment projects which you may join or present your project and invite other entrepreneurs to join you!

The Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency invites private and public enterprises and entities of local administration to use the PAIiIZ Base of Corporate Projects to look for Partners. Interested parties may present their projects in the Base. www.paiz.gov.pl/investment_offers.

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Our experience shows that foreign investors are interested in projects exceeding PLN 5 million which are located in the sectors: automotive, aviation, machine, IT, BPO, R&D, chemical and others, provided the projects are worth at least PLN 5 million.

Please send descriptions of your projects together with a complete set of documents i.e. business plan, presentation in Power Point, building permit etc. which may be presented to interested investors. (PAIiIZ)

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Bahlsen in the Kraków SEZ

Bahlsen operates in the food industry and the business activity permission granted to the company is the  95th permission issued by the Kraków Special Economic Zone

Bahlsen Polska forms part of the Bahlsen Group, a family company from Germany which has been active in the confectionery sector. The company is a leading provider of sweets in Europe.

Behlsen plans to expand a Skawina-based factory where it will implement an innovative product-cooling system which will ensure production continuity regardless of climate and weather conditions.
The project which is worth PLN 20.7 million will create 30 new jobs. (KPT)

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Investment conference in Piła

Piła and the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency have the pleasure to invite you to the conference Piła - Development and Investment which will take place on November 24th, 2011.

The conference aims to showcase the economic potential of the city on the background of the region, including the potential the Piła subzone of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone which was created last September.

The Conference will also provide an opportunity to organize a discussion concerning the importance of investment for the development of the city and region. The debate will be attended by representatives of all levels of local government, representatives of PAIiIZ, the SEZ, entrepreneurs and representatives of higher education institutions.

PAIiIZ which signed a cooperation agreement with the city in July 2011 supports the conference and encourages all interested parties to attend the event. (Piła / PAIiIZ)

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Delegation from Guangdong visited Szczecin

The Chinese delegation of the Guangdong province and the Governor of the province Mr Huang Huahua visited the region of Zachodniopomorskie.

The three-day visit started on October 23rd, 2011 and included a meeting with the Head of the Voivodeship Executive Board Mr Olgierd Geblewicz and representatives of local administration, business and the academic circles. Talks concerned intensification of cooperation between the regions in the field of economy, trade, education, science and technology.

One of the major points of the programme was a signing ceremony of a Declaration of cooperation between the University of Szczecin and the Guangdong Foreign Studies University. The Universities declared that they would develop research and science cooperation and will introduce a programme for the exchange of academic resources.

The Guangdong province was a pioneer in introducing reforms in China. For years the province has been developing cooperation with Poland. Within the last nine year import and export between Poland and the province rose from USD 200 million and reached over USD 2.3 billion in 2010. (Office of the Head of Executive Board of the Zachodniopomorskie region)

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Poles dominated the Deloitte ranking

The Deloitte ranking classifies most innovative companies in Central Europe. Polish representatives simply dominated the ranking.

The Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 ranking classifies the fastest growing technology innovative companies in Central Europe and examines the pace of their revenue growth. The ranking classifies companies in one major category Technology Fast 50 and in two subcategories Emerging Stars and the Great Five.
This year, after seven years in a row of Polish companies taking the first position, it is a Romanian company that topped the ranking. The winning company, Vola.ro sells airline tickets via the Internet. Interestingly enough, Poles were also engaged in the winning company's development - Michał Wrodarczyk and Jarosław Adamski are the co-founders of Vola.ro and created the company's counterpart in Poland - FRU.PL.

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The Polish operator of an online portal Netmedia, who was at the top of the ranking for the last two years, this year was best in the Great Five category and still ranks very high in the main category of the ranking. Poles were best also in the category Emerging Stars – revenues of the rewarded biotechnology company Selvita rose by 2.623% within the last three years.

The biggest revenue was again recorded by companies from Slovakia and reached EUR 35 million. Polsih companies ranked 4th with a revenue of EUR 7.1 million.

Companies from Poland form the most numerous group of participants assessed in the ranking – this year there were 20 companies from Poland i.e. 2/3 of all companies examined in the ranking. (Deloitte)

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Companies from Eastern Poland signed contracts for PLN 10 million

Only within a year cmpanies operating in the eastern part Poland gained PLN 9.7 million thanks to their participation in fairs and trade missions organised by PAIiIZ within the framework of the Programme of Economic Promotion of Eastern Poland.

Entrepreneurs from Eastern Poland who took part in promotional events organised within the Programme declare that they have been negotiating new contracts both with their trade partners and with new partners. The new contracts concern mainly entrepreneurs from the food industry and were gained thanks to food fairs organised between October 2010 and October 2011.

Exhibitors who take part in fairs claim that such fairs help companies inform their partners about new products. What is more participation in such events helps build a company’s image and builds it prestige as well as credibility thus increasing its chances for good contracts in future.

The entrepreneurs could take part in the fairs thanks to the Programme of Economic Promotion of Eastern Poland financed from the Operational Programme – Development of Eastern Poland, Measure I.4 Promotion and Cooperation. (PAIiIZ)

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Food sector from Eastern Poland in Vietnam

8 entrepreneurs from Eastern Poland took part in a trade mission to Vietnam. The mission included business meetings with entrepreneurs from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi as well as participation on the Vietnam International Processing &Pharmaceuticals fairs.

Entrepreneurs took part in a seminar organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency and the Polish Embassy in Hanoi which was devoted to economic cooperation between Poland and Vietnam. Vietnam is an important partner of Poland in the region of South-East Asia. The value of trade exchange between the countries has systematically been rising over last years. The most considerable cooperation chances have been in the construction, shipbuilding, machine, mining, defence, pharmaceutical and food industries.

The mission was held from September 18th, 2011 to September 24th, 2011 and comprised of representatives of the companies: Edpol Przedsiębiorstwo Produkcyjno-Handlowe Eksport Import Wojciech D±browski, Zakład Usługowy Teresa Syroka, P.W MAT Marzena Tkaczuk, PHZ Kasol J.A Kazberuk, Przetwórnia Owoców I Warzyw Robert Kowalkowski, Lactima, Przetwórstwa Mięsnego Ryszard Hochel and Amal Firma Handlowa Andrzej Goł±b.

The companies took part in the fairs thanks to the Programme of Economic Promotion of Eastern Poland run by the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency. (PAIiIZ)

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Meeting planners visited Warmia and Mazury

The Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency organised a visit of 10 meeting planners who could get an insight into the tourism advantages of the region of Warmia and Mazury.

The idea behind the visit was to present the rich tourism offer of the region. Participants, from among other s, the UK France, Germany and Scandinavia got an insight into the well-developed net of hotels and SPA centres. Moroever the guests took part in a B2B session, regatta, an off road jeep trip and a training in dog-drawn cart driving.

The visit was an opportunity to present their offer for:  the Warmiński hotel in Olsztyn, the Krasicki hotel in Zespół Pałacowy in Hotel Spa Dr Irena Eris Wzgórza Dylewskie, Sztuka w Kuchni Małgorzata Burdalska, Sniper Paintball Przemysław Gerlaczyński , Condohotels Management, Mazurskie Centrum Kongresowo-Wypoczynowe “Zamek Ryn”, Conference Centre Zamek”, Mazur-Tourist, Bell Przedsiębiorstwo Produkcyjno-Handlowo-Usługowe Krzysztof Pałyska, “Afera” Event&Conference Agency Agnieszka D±browska.

The visit was organised in September (23-26) and was financed from the European Regional Development Fund under the Operational Programme - Development of Eastern Poland within the Programme of Economic Promotion of Eastern Poland, Measure I.4, Component Promotion, I Priority Operational Programme - Development of Eastern Poland. (PAIiIZ)

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Polish game on the new PlayStation

December this year Sony introduces its latest product - a portable PlayStation Vita - on the Japanese market. Among the 27 start titles there will be a game "Assault Armies" created by the Krakow firm Bloober Team.

The Bloober Team achievement is at the same time a great success of the whole Polish industry of computer games. For the first time a Polish company provides a starting title for a console.

25 of premiere games included in the PlayStation Vita were designed to be distributed via normal sales , and two were designed for digital distribution. The Polish game will be distributed digitally, which should definitely increase its chances of commercial success.

The offer of the Bloober Team loctaed in the  Kraków Technology Park includes seven titles. Until now, the company has mainly been associated with smaller productions e.g. games for iPhone and iPad. "Assault Armies" is by far the largest of its undertakings. Since 2008 Bloober Team belongs to the cluster, the European Centre for the Games. The cluster was founded in 2008 by the Kraków Technology Park, the University of Science and Technology and the Jagiellonian University. Its mission is to support the development of the video game industry as a prior industry of the Malopolska region. (KTP)

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