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Eastern Poland Developing Faster
April 28, 2011   
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Around 200 officials and executives from local government, companies and institutions in eastern Poland discussed ways to make the region more attractive to investors at a conference March 25.

The first Investment in Eastern Poland Forum was held at the Kielce Trade Fair Conference Center and organized by the Grono Targowe Kielce Chamber of Commerce and the Business Centre Club with input from the Kielce Trade Fair company.

A lecture by the forum’s guest of honor, Prof. Grzegorz Kołodko, a former deputy prime minister and ex-finance minister, on the state of and prospects for the development of the Polish economy initiated a dialog between the speaker and listeners. “We have well educated staff and people who understand that the region has to quickly close the gap between it and wealthier parts of the country,” Kołodko said.

“In many respects, eastern Poland is developing faster than the rest of the country. Interestingly enough, being less developed can actually be an advantage. I expect that with time, apart from financial profits we will take into account the singing of birds or green grass; these things are already in short supply in strongly developed countries,” he added.

Other speakers said that a good geopolitical location, its human resources and an exceptionally investor-friendly atmosphere were among the region’s assets. “Eastern Poland has its advantages, a clean environment and ambitions as well as hard-working residents,” said Wojciech Warski, chairman of the Business Centre Club Convent.

“This is capital that mustn’t go to waste. I am confident we will not follow the path of poor regions in Italy and Spain, which did not take advantage of opportunities to even out their standard of living. I can already see things are going differently here,” he added.

During discussion panels, speakers talked about infrastructure quality in eastern Poland, barriers to full cooperation between investors and the scientific community, telecommunications advances as a condition for an efficient economy, and IT systems that would improve the efficiency of companies and institutions.

The meeting also featured information stands advertising investor service centers and offices, companies and institutions from the business support sector and Special Economic Zones located in eastern Poland.

The next Investment in Eastern Poland Forum is planned for Oct. 14.
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