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XV ECONOMIC FORUM IN TORUŃ
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The Idea Behind the Forum
April 16, 2008   
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Krzysztof Stasiak, Deputy President of the Integration and Cooperation Association:

Toruń, a dynamically developing city in the northern Kujawy-Pomerania province, offers vast economic opportunities that are perfectly adapted to the new reality created by the political and economic transformation of Poland after the collapse of communism. Toruń is a university city, perceived as young, dynamic, and offering great potential. Its promotional initiatives are directed at the development of business and entrepreneurship and attracting investment.

The Economic Forum to be held this year fits this concept and is to become part of a long-term promotional strategy. The most important goal of the event is to deliver a clear message that the Kujawy-Pomerania region is important in economic terms in Poland and Europe, to present the city as an excellent location for holding large conferences, to attract new investors and to strengthen the region's position by highlighting the merits of this area.

Also, guests and potential investors will be able to learn that the region and Toruń offer good investment opportunities, and that the local authorities are open and friendly to investors and have a coherent, long-term development plan for the region.

These are pretty strong assets.

But that's not all. Our geographic location is another selling point. This is a junction for roads, railways and waterways, including historical ones. This is how Toruń became a timber port. The waterways of Europe have been running through Toruń since the Middle Ages. Bydgoszcz has an international airport and there are several freeways about to be built in the area. The region has a NATO logistics center as well as the country's largest storage facilities for oil and natural gas. Strengths like these continue to go unnoticed in Poland. This is our chance to sell them to the world.

The forum's agenda includes energy, agriculture, cooperation between Poland and Eastern countries, and the Slovak days event.

This is a new addition. Slovak Days will be accompanying the forum. A huge contingent is arriving from that country, including officials from the Economy Ministry, local governments and the counterpart of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency. We plan to return the visit in the fall. You can do good business with Slovakia. Few people are aware that Slovak interests have a large stake in mBank and that they own the Żabka retail chain. And let's not forget tourism.

The event ends with an Open Day.

We treat this day as our contribution to the region. Obviously, the forum is a business event but this is the day we invite people who cannot afford to come, like administrators of small districts, hospital directors and teachers. This gives them the opportunity to learn about the topics discussed at the conference and to become acquainted with the materials.
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