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Warsaw Economic Hub Take 7
December 1, 2014   
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A host of politicians, decision makers and businessmen from Europe and further afield will flock to Warsaw Dec. 10 to discuss the role Poland plays in its region, in Europe and globally during the annual international Warsaw Economic Hub (WEH) conference.

The meeting, at the Warsaw Stock Exchange, is being held for the seventh time. Its title this year is “Challenges for Poland and Central and Eastern Europe in a Changing international Situation: 2015 and Beyond.”

During the conference, investors and businessmen will be able to get firsthand reports on how the Polish economy is powering ahead despite problems linked to the recent turmoil in Ukraine and Russian sanctions against Polish exporters.

The organizers and hosts of the event—The Warsaw Voice, the International New York Times, and the Warsaw Stock Exchange—have scheduled a day full of debate and brainstorming. The topics on the agenda include: the impact of the conflict in Ukraine on Poland and other Central and Eastern European economies; the potential of Poland’s defense industry in terms of bolstering GDP growth and innovation; and ways to strengthen Poland’s appeal as a key investment destination in Europe.

Conference participants will also ponder whether or not Poland will be able to make the most of EU funds in the next five years to build a new set of foundations for its economy. Other conference sessions will tackle issues such as modern business services and an optimal energy mix for Poland and Central and Eastern Europe as a whole. Conference participants will also discuss Poland’s chances of becoming a European hub for international financial institutions.

Since 2008, at the invitation of the event’s organizers, Warsaw has been a meeting place for Polish and international political leaders, senior government officials and top figures in the worlds of finance and business, as well as institutions crucial for market development. Conducted in English and Polish, the meeting’s presentations, lectures and discussions offer unique access to facts, analysis and opinion, providing an excellent foundation for participants’ own strategic business decisions in the region.

The WEH Program Council is tasked with ensuring that the lectures, presentations and debates are of a high standard. The council is co-chaired by Guenter Verheugen, a former European Union commissioner for enlargement, and Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, a former Polish prime minister and chairman of a special group of advisors known as the Polish prime minister’s Economic Council. The WEH Program Council’s members include Jerzy Buzek, a former Polish prime minister and former president of the European Parliament, Danuta Huebner, a former EU commissioner, and Wiesław Rozłucki, the founder and first president of the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

As every year, the meeting will feature two plenary sessions focusing on topics of fundamental importance to the Polish economy and the entire region. As usual, between the plenary sessions there will be presentations and panel discussions centering on more detailed issues and specific business areas.

Invited participants include Janusz Piechociński, deputy prime minister and economy minister; Grzegorz Schetyna, foreign minister; Marek Sawicki, minister of agriculture; Paweł Tamborski, president of the Warsaw Stock Exchange; Zbigniew Jagiełło, president of Bank PKO BP; Ryszard Petru, chairman of the Association of Polish Economists; Paweł Olechnowicz, president of Lotos S.A.; Prof. Krzysztof Kurzydłowski, director of the National Center for Research and Development; Tomasz Siemoniak, Polish deputy prime minister and defense minister.

Conference debates will be moderated by Andrzej Jonas, editor-in-chief of The Warsaw Voice, Richard Lyman of the New York Times, and Prof. Witold Orłowski, chief economic adviser at multinational professional services firm PwC.
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