August 18th, 2017, Issue 549-550


PAIH is looking for Heads of its Foreign Trade Offices
Due to the intensive development of PAIH global network of Foreign Trade Offices, the Agency is looking for candidates to work as heads of PAIH trade offices in regions of the European Union, the Middle East, North and South America, Asia and Africa.

The Head of PAIH Foreign Trade Office will be responsible among others for assisting Polish entrepreneurs in exporting and investing in the country of FTO's operations by providing economic and analytical information on particular sectors of economy, local legal conditions, competition and market potential.


Due to the planned opening of foreign offices abroad we are looking for candidates to work in the following regions: EU countries, Middle East, North and South America, Asia and Africa.

Head of Foreign Trade Office

He/she will also promote the Polish economy through the organization of seminars and workshops, as well as organize of stands at trade fairs and exhibitions or provide logistic and information assistance for business missions from Poland (including Polish government delegations) in the country of FTO activities.

If you have any further questions related to the application please contact us at:


Samsung Electronics Poland has chosen Lublin
The Lublin site of Convergys Corporation has been selected by Samsung Electronics Poland for the provision of its pre-sales and after-sales customer service operations.

This new business support service will begin in October 2017, and create a further several dozen new jobs in Lublin.
Convergys has been operating in Lublin since 2014. Until recently, it has been providing services in German and English for a single client, Telefonica Deutschland. It will be the first technical support helpdesk in Lublin dedicated exclusively to a single company. Customers of Samsung Electronic will receive assistance in solving technical problems there. Convergys Corporation is an international BSS company, that operates in over 150 locations all over the world, in 58 languages. As part of this new project in Lublin, the company is planning to increase the employment from 120 to nearly 300 people.

Currently, more than 70 companies operate in the rapidly growing BSS sector in Lublin. Almost 50 companies are related to the IT industry. Last year, the employment in the sector increased by 16% to 7,400 people. To the BSS companies, Lublin offers 47 modern office buildings with a total usable area of nearly 180,000 sq. m, thanks to which the city's supply of modern office space is now bigger than in Szczecin, and another 110,000 sq. m is under construction and preparation.


Mission to the Polish-Kazakh Economic Forum
The Ministry of Development, the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development and the Polish Chamber of Commerce invite entrepreneurs, members of business environment institutions to take part in the economic mission to Kazakhstan. Polish-Kazakh Economic Forum on 6 September 2017, in Astana will be the crucial highlight of the mission.

The Forum is a key element of Poland's presence at the International Exhibition EXPO 2017 in Astana. The event will be attended by the most important representatives of state authorities of Kazakhstan.

The mission is dedicated mostly to entrepreneurs representing the following sectors: RES, energy, modern mining technologies, mining machinery and equipment, clean coal technologies, energy, market digitization as well as energy clusters and companies specializing in construction and revitalization of post-industrial areas. Companies representing the industries put directly into the subject of Astana EXPO 2017 including: food sectors, agricultural machinery, chemical, pharmaceutical sectors as also welcome to take part in the mission.

Within the Forum discussion panels and B2B meetings for Polish and Kazakh companies will be arrange.

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Opportunities for European industrial suppliers in Costa Rica
Between 19 and 22 September the government of Costa Rica, Eurocámara and the trade promotion agency PROCOMER invites suppliers of agri-food products and equipment to the trade mission to the capital city of Costa Rica, San José.

The invitation is addressed to European suppliers for industries in food processing, fresh produce, packaging, automation and others (see list below). All participants will have free access to the 5500+ business meetings at the Buyers Trade Mission (BTM) event in San José.

The Costa Rican Eurocámara and the trade promotion agency PROCOMER will be happy to cover 4 nights hotel for one participant from your company, food and local transport from/to airport. With almost 20 years consistently growing this event, PROCOMER has made the BTM a trademark event for making business deals in Costa Rica. You are also welcome to the free cocktails and dinners to network with more than 400 Costa Rican companies and 300 foreign companies.

The strengths of BTM are the customized business agendas with Costa Rican companies, according to your interests, by sharing your profile with the supplies you offer combined with the local supply requests. This means you will arrive at BTM with a previously made agenda for investing your time in what you are really interested.

BTM is a multi-sector event so you will see also have the chance to see at the exhibit the exportable offer of Costa Rica such as food processed products, fresh produce, private brand, ready to eat, frozen, packaging, among many others.

List of supply companies suggested:

  • Sorting machines/equipment
  • Process automation technological equipment
  • Machinery for irrigation and fertilisation control with specialised software
  • Agrometeorological systems (stations that measure wind speed, relative humidity, brightness level, etc.)
  • Freezing systems (IQF- Individual Quick Frozen)
  • Irrigation systems/ metering pumps with timer
  • Dosing- and- packing machine
  • Mixing equipment: food and feed mixers
  • Drying ovens
  • Tablets for sterilisation and disinfection (cooling/heating tanks)
  • Conveyor belts with optical readers to sort by size, colour and other characteristics
  • Fresh fruit sorting systems (sizers)

Participating companies will only have to pay for their airfare and personal expenses. The Costa Rican government will cover the specified room and food expenses for a limited number of European companies selected according to the registration criteria. For more information and program of the event, please visit, or contact EUROCÁMARA in Costa Rica at

V European Labour Mobility Congress
European Labour Mobility Congress is the largest conference in Europe dedicated to the posting of workers within the freedom to provide service. The event will be held on 22-23 November in the Congress Centre ICE Krakow. This year's edition is co-organized by the Polish Ministry of Economic Development. Opening speech will be addressed by the Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Traditionally, organizers have invited Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner responsible for revision of the Directive on the posting of workers.

The congress is an excellent opportunity to learn about the rules concerning the posting of workers in particular EU Member States. Among the speakers there are renown political decision makers and public administration representatives.

There is also a space in the agenda for workers’ and employers’ representations, experts, scholars and lawyers specialized in the field of service provision in the EU. Programme also includes workshops led by lawyers practicing labour law and social insurance in countries to which workers are commonly posted (e.g. Germany, France, Belgium).

Contact person:
Magdalena Zg³obica,
tel. +48 799 704 139

Giving buildings a new life
We are pleased to invite you to one-day event „Giving buildings a new life”, where the issue of refurbishment and changing the function of existing built environment will be discussed. One of the main topics of the event will be the influence of investors on the revitalization of urban areas. The event “Giving buildings a new life” will be held in hotel Bristol, 7th September 2017.

During the event, experts and participants will discuss the business process of giving buildings a second life. They will also focus on legal, technical and architectural issues, as well as on the impact of a strategic investors and their projects on revitalizing the urban space. The partner of the event is the city of £ód¼, which has been benefiting from the extensive revitalization policy.

In the group of panellists are featured: Rados³aw Kuba¶ (Partner, Consulting/Public Sector & Real Estate, Deloitte Consulting), Pawe³ Warda (Head of Project & Development Services CEE, JLL), Katarzyna Lemañska (Leasing & Marketing Director), Piotr W±s (MRICS, CCIM, Managing Director, SpaceFactory), Head of Office & Corporate Solutions/ Cresa Polska and Mariusz Koz³owski (CEO of Liebrecht & wooD Poland)

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Poland among the EU leaders with GDP growth of 4.4%
According to data by Central Statistical Office of Poland (GUS) and Eurostat on GDP, in 2Q the Polish economy has been growing significantly faster than the average of EU Member-States.

In the second quarter of 2017, the seasonally adjusted GDP of Poland improved by 4.4% y/y. The GUS data also shows that Polish economy grew by 1.1% on a quarterly basis. In comparison, flash estimates of Eurostat shows that compared with the same quarter of the previous year, seasonally adjusted GDP of the entire EU28 rose by 2.3% in the second quarter of 2017, while GDP rose by 0.6% q/q in both the euro area (EA19) and the EU28.

Both quarterly and annually, Poland's GDP is one of the fastest growing in the European Union. During the last twelve months, only economies of Romania, Lithuania and the Czech Republic had been developing faster than the Polish one. On a quarterly basis, Sweden, the Netherlands, Latvia and the Czech Republic recorded slightly higher GDP growth rates than Poland. (GUS / Eurostat)

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Poland’s foreign trade in the first half of 2017
The Ministry of Economic Development announced that in the first half of 2017, Polish exports increased by 8.4% while import went up by 10.9%. Despite the growth of import, the trade surplus has been maintained. Also a faster increase of trade balance has been noted with emerging markets, than with developed markets.

In the first 6 months of this year, Polish exports grew by EUR 99,1bn year on year and import to about EUR 98.2 bn year on year. The strong imports has been stimulated by consumers’ demand and by strengthening of the Polish currency (PLN), which caused the viability of imports. Despite that, the trade surplus was maintained and reached EUR 0,97bn at the end of June 2017.

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The export to EU countries has increased to about EUR 80 bn, with the fastest growth to the Netherlands (by 10.4%). However, the most dynamic trade balance have been recorded with the countries from outside EU, which have strengthen their position in the Polish exports between January-June 2017. Data shows, that the most significant increase of exports has been generated with China, Mexico or South Korea (the increase by about 20%). On the other hand, Polish export is slowing down to Saudi Arabia, India or to UAE. Also, GUS data shows that metal, mineral and chemical goods are the most exported products from Poland.


Hungary decreases VAT rates for food products
The data of the Statistical Office of Poland (GUS) shows that the trade balance between Poland and Hungary reached EUR 8 bn in 2016, increasing by 4,6% y/y. In the opinion of PAIH Foreign Trade Officers in Budapest, VAT rates decreases that has been planned by the Hungarian government should reinforce the trade between the two countries.

In 2016, the value of Polish soled products and services to the Hungarian market amounted to EUR 4.8bn (up by 1.1%). Polish export to Hungary was dominated by electrical appliances (up by 42%), chemical products (up by 15%), metal products (up by 13%) and agri-food goods (up by 13%). An impressive increase of import occurred in that period (up by 10.3%).

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According to the head of PAIH Trade Office in Budapest, Marcin Karaskiewicz, two Polish sectors, construction and food industry are those with the biggest chance to be developed in Hungary. In 2018, Hungarian government is planning to decrease VAT rates for food products. “For instance, VAT rates will go down from 27% to 5% in fish processing industry. It is a great opportunity for Polish producers of canned fish”, Karaskiewicz comments.

As the Budapest office of PAIH reports, currently, there are about 200 Polish companies active in Hungary. (PAIH)

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