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Polish Expats Talk Business
August 1, 2013   
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The 16th World Economic Conference of Poles Abroad was held in Warsaw and the city of P這ck, northwest of the capital, at the end of June under the auspices of the Economy Ministry. It was attended by businesspeople of Polish origin from more than 20 countries, by government and local government officials, chambers of commerce, entrepreneurs, diplomats and the media.

The three-day conference was organized by the Polonia Foundation to promote cooperation and closer ties between government institutions, entrepreneurs and the Polish diaspora.

Opening the conference, entitled “Vision, Knowledge, Cooperation, Success,” Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Janusz Piechoci雟ki said that Poland is creating good conditions for the development of entrepreneurship. He added that the country is increasing exports and attracting foreign investment, helped by the efforts by Poles abroad and business conducted by Polish people in other countries.

Piechoci雟ki said that many Poles who emigrated looking for better-paid jobs abroad are now deciding to return and set up businesses in Poland.

Other speakers at the conference included Andrzej Jakubowski, president of the Poland Business Club in Jakarta, and Andrzej Jonas, editor-in-chief of The Warsaw Voice, who proposed that a worldwide survey should be conducted to establish what Poles abroad want to know about Poland. There were also speakers from the United States, Germany, Ukraine, and from the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and the Institute of Sustainable Technologies-National Research Institute in Radom, south of Warsaw.

On the third day of the conference delegates visited P這ck, 110 km northwest of Warsaw. The local mayor, Andrzej Nowakowski, said that Poles abroad were excellent ambassadors for their country, adding he hoped that after the visit to P這ck they would promote it as a city worth visiting and doing business with. Several speakers provided an overview of the city’s strategy for development, R&D and technology parks and exchange of good business practices, and outlined the services provided by the local authorities to help promote business and investment.

The Warsaw Voice was a media partner of the conference.
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