Economic Round Table

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 May 20-21, 2013 at the conference Round Economic Table: Investment – from local to global economy the representatives of the authorities, Polish entrepreneurs as well as foreign investors made a diagnosis of investment potential and threats faced by the kujawsko-pomorski region. Also B2B meetings were held and the participants to the event had a chance to visit the Bydgoszcz Industrial and Technological Park. The initiators of the event were Mr  Andrzej Malinowski, President of the Employers of the Republic of Poland, and Mr Jan Kulczyk, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Kulczyk Investments. The Kujawsko-Pomorski Association of Employers and Entrepreneurs supported the initiators in the event.

– We sit at the table to try to breathe a new spirit in the economy of the Kujawy and Pomorze. To demonstrate the authentic involvement of entrepreneurs, investors, local authorities and representatives of various institutions can bear fruit with specific values and to create essential economic enterprises, President of the Employers of the Republic of Poland, Mr Andrzej Malinowski, stressed during his speech.

Mr Jan Kulczyk highlighted that the fewer the middle men between the global market and entrepreneurs, the better. It is education which is the grounds for development. With no competences the chances are lower. Besides, what is important are the aspirations and understanding all those in government that those are citizens who are important, including entrepreneurs who pay taxes. Mr Jan Kulczyk paid the attention to the benefits from presenting the unique nature of the region not only on a domestic scale but also globally. He stressed that what matters in business is the attitude, optimism as well as the awareness of the strengths.

The Round Economic Table participants were trying to determine the expectations of the investors both regional and global. In the discussions were attended by e.g. Mr Yerik Utembayev, Extraordinary Ambassador and the Proxi-Holder of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Republic of Poland, Chi Young Chen, the Director of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Poland, Mr Jaime Fuster Rufilanchas, Fuster & Partner, Mr Krzysztof Krystowski, President of the Management Board of Bumar, Mr Sebastian Skuza, Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, and Mr Andrzej Hass from Doraco. The local entrepreneurs were represented by e.g. Mr Mirosław Ślachciak, President of the Board of the Board of the Kujawsko-Pomorski Association of Employers and Entrepreneurs, Mr Jan Wawrzkowicz, Arkada Holding, and Mr Maciej Ruszkiewicz from ATOS.

In the first part of the meeting there was highlighted the problem of the promotion of the region and Bydgoszcz globally and the need to focus the actions to that end. The global awareness of the existence and the advantages of the region will facilitate the development of the economic development. Our region does have essential branches of economy the region should develop, e.g. the renewable energy sector, the defence industry, plastics processing and tools manufacturing, agriculture and agrifood processing. A large potential for the development of the region are also business service centres.

In the next panel the representatives of local authorities and the agencies responsible for the development of investments in Poland pointed to the chances and barriers the investors can face in the kujawsko-pomorski region. The voice in the discussion was taken by e.g. the former Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak, President of the Polish Agency of Industry, Ms. Bożena Lublińska-Kasprzak, a member of the Board of the Polish Agency of Information and Foreign Investment, Mr Marek Łyżwa, the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Provincial Governor, Ms. Ewa Mes, Deputy Marshall of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province,  Mr Edward Hartwich and Presidents of the cities of the region: President of Bydgoszcz, Mr Rafał Bruski, President of  Włocławek, Mr Andrzej Pałucki, President of Inowrocław, Mr Ryszard Brejza. It was stressed that a close cooperation between Bydgoszcz and Torun which together have a large potential on the domestic market. It was also stressed the need of continued investment incentives in a form of special areas of economic zones and developing clusters. The city and the region authorities must be active participants in the meetings and business conferences in the world, however, the promotion of the province and the cities should be oriented at demonstrating the investment and social potential.

The President of the Employers of the Republic of Poland stressed that by visiting the website Kujawsko-Pomorski Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers, the entrepreneurs from the region can send their registration of business projects to attract interest of any potential foreign investors. – Each of those projects will be thoroughly investigated and presented to potential investors and irrespective of the decision, everyone will get an answer, stressed Mr Andrzej Malinowski.

The first result of the Economic Round Table is the interest in investments in the kujawsko-pomorski region has been expressed by Spanish business. The representative of Spanish entrepreneurs, Mr Jaime Fuster Rufilanchas, has submitted a list of 126 companies interested in investing in Bydgoszcz and in the region. 

Source: Kujawsko-Pomorski Association of Employers and Entrepreneurs




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