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Luring Foreign Investment
April 16, 2008   
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Piotr Całbecki, chairman of the Kujawy-Pomerania province, talks to Wojciech Romanowicz.

What do you offer potential investors?
To all potential investors I recommend 10 hectares in the Toruń Technology Park located by national road no. 1 and close to the intersection of the planned A1 freeway. The site was named last year as the best in Kujawy-Pomerania during a competition organized by the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency. The land is owned by the local government-controlled Toruń Regional Development Agency. It cost zl.6.5 million to develop the site and funds came partly from the European Union. The land was leveled, roads were built, water and sewerage were supplied, as was electricity. The site is clear from a legal standpoint. A Technology Transfer Center stands in the heart of the Toruń Technology Park. The park offers leaseholds with the right to buy after five years.

The Bydgoszcz Industrial Park is an interesting proposition with its 100 hectares of fully equipped sites located several kilometers from the town center and with its own sewerage plant and the possibility of using existing production facilities.

Of interest too are sites in Lubień Kujawski and Mogilno. Detailed information on all these sites and more is available on our website, www.kujawsko-pomorskie.pl, and from our Investor Services Center, www.coi.kujawsko-pomorskie.pl. The center caters for foreign investors and has an up-to-date list of investment opportunities.

Japanese businesses in the Crystal Park complex near Toruń are proof of the interest shown in what we have to offer. Global electronics giant Sharp has built a factory to produce parts for flat-screen LCD televisions in the Pomerania Special Economic Zone and other supporting firms have followed, including Orion Electric. According to last year's statistics, Japanese firms have invested half a billion zlotys here and employ almost 3,500 people. The statistics suggest that by 2010 the value of the investment will grow to over half a billion euros and 10,000 people will be employed.

What direction will development of the region take?
Kujawy-Pomerania is a region with farming traditions and one that has not yet fully realized its potential. We have two strong academic centers in Toruń and Bydgoszcz, which attract students from the whole of Poland. In economic terms we want to concentrate on, among other things, the development of modern, clean and ecological technologies and tourism as a business. To develop the former we are counting on help from scientists, whom we are encouraging to make their work available for commercial use.

When it comes to tourism, Kujawy-Pomerania has a lot to offer. Visitors can choose from the health spa in Ciechocinek, Gothic Toruń, the Tucholskie Forests and the Brodnickie lake district. Every year it is easier to find our region and to reach it. There is information on the internet and we are modernizing the road network and Bydgoszcz airport.

An important part of the local economy is food production and processing. We are concentrating on high-quality and ecological food. The region is renowned for this not only throughout Poland but abroad as well, in neighboring Germany among other countries. We are counting on financial aid from the European Union, which will reach us by 2015. The estimated amount is at least 1.5 billion euros. We will invest this sum in public infrastructure, in people, the development of the countryside and business support. In eight years our part of Poland will be a better place to live and more often chosen as a place to invest in.
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