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Kujawsko-Pomorskie: Foreign Direct Investment Welcome
September 30, 2013   
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WHY POLAND’S KUJAWSKO-POMORSKIE REGION IS ATTRACTIVE TO INVESTORS

About the region:
- Located in north-central Poland
- Home to the Bydgoszcz-Toruń Metropolitan Area (BiT) with a population of 750,000 and aspiring to become
one of the most competitive regions in the country.
- Wealth of tourist attractions—Old Town complex in Toruń listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List (since 1997);
redeveloped Brda river banks and a new marina in Bydgoszcz; an ancient Slavic settlement in Biskupin;
primeval Tuchola Forest; Brodnica Lake District; Ciechocinek and Inowrocław health resorts famous for their graduation towers, the largest facilities of its kind in Europe.

An investor-friendly approach:
- Over 250 sites for greenfield and brownfield projects
- 4 industrial parks in Grudzi±dz, ¦wiecie, Solec Kujawski, and Toruń; 2 industrial-technology complexes in Bydgoszcz
and Włocławek; and a technology park combined with a Technology Transfer Center in Toruń.
- 13 sub-zones of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone.
- High concentration of companies that lead the way in their respective fields
* Easy access to a qualified work force (collaboration possible with colleges and vocational schools).
- Well-developed educational infrastructure (junior high schools and high schools) and academic centers: Nicolaus Copernicus University, Collegium Medicum, Kazimierz Wielki University, University of Life Sciences and Technology.
- Large potential work force
- Low labor costs.
- Multiple business support instruments at the state, regional and local levels.
- Local government in Kujawsko-Pomorskie supports business by financing investment projects, modern technology,
brand promotion and improving areas designated for development.
- Real estate tax exemptions, possibility of purchasing or renting real estate in industrial and technology parks or districts
at an attractive price.
- Income tax exemptions within the Special Economic Zone.

Major foreign investors in Kujawsko-Pomorskie:
Nestle, ThyssenKrupp, Nordzucker, Unilever, Provimi, Lafarge, Atos, Alcatel- Lucent, Itella, Livingston International, Bonduelle, Mondi, Rieber & Son, Solvay, Neupack, Sumitomo Chemical.

Investment and export support:
The Kujawsko-Pomorskie region is part of an Investor and Exporter Service Center network set up under the European Union’s Innovative Economy Operational Program (6.2.1.). Thanks to funds available from this source and owing to close cooperation with the Investment and Trade Promotion Departments of Polish embassies in various countries as well as with the Polish Ministry of the Economy, the region is able to efficiently support companies investing here. The local Certified Investor’s Assistance Center is a regional partner of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency.

Key sectors and developing industries:
Food processing, electronics, BPO/SSC, chemicals, plastics, electrical engineering, wood, paper, renewable energy sources, tourism

Transportation:
- A-1 north-south freeway running across the region is an important part of the European transport network connecting Scandinavia with southern Europe.
- Expressways: the S-10 linking Szczecin and Warsaw, via Bydgoszcz and Toruń, the S-5 from Gdańsk via Bydgoszcz to Poznań and Wrocław.
- International Bydgoszcz Airport with a cargo terminal.
- International waterways E70 and E40.

Detailed information on investment opportunities in the region is available in three languages—German, English and Polish—on the Investor’s Assistance Center’s website: www.coi.kujawsko-pomorskie.pl
Contact us: Centrum Obsługi Inwestora, Urz±d Marszałkowski Województwa Kujawsko-Pomorskiego, Plac Teatralny 2, 87-100 Toruń, Poland, tel. +48 56 62 18 319, +48 56 646 20 23, fax.: +48 56 62 18 264
e-mail: coi@kujawsko-pomorskie.pl
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