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Blair in Poland for Business Conference
June 3, 2015   
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Former British prime minister Tony Blair will take part in a debate about how Poland can continue to strengthen its political and economic position internationally during a conference June 16-17 billed as one of the biggest business events in this part of Europe.

Former Labour Party leader Blair, who was prime minister of Britain 1997-2007 and who supported the enlargement of the European Union in 2004 and Poland’s accession to NATO in 1999, will be the keynote speaker at the Association of Business Service Leaders (ABSL) conference in Cracow.

The conference, being held for the sixth time, is the most important business services sector event in Europe. It is a major platform for debate on the development of the Polish economy, bringing together business leaders and politicians.

Last year the special guest of the event was former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. In recent years the conference was attended by luminaries including Lech Wałęsa, Jerzy Buzek, Marek Belka and Jan Krzysztof Bielecki.

“The rapid development of the business services sector is accompanied by growing professionalization and handling of increasingly advanced business processes,” said Piotr Dziwok, Country Chair of Shell in Poland and Vice President of the ABSL.

Dziwok added, “The ABSL Conference is an important discussion platform on how to best stimulate further growth in the sector. We are pleased that once again this year, one of the most important sector events in our part of Europe is attracting inspirational and experienced leaders.”

Driving the Polish economy

The business services sector, on which the ABSL Conference focuses, is a key driver of the Polish economy. Service centers with foreign capital located in Poland employ more than 130,000, a figure expected to increase by another 30,000 by the end of this year. The sector comprises 325 organizations in Poland from 28 countries, running over 470 service centers. Poland is one of the most attractive locations in the world for investors from this industry, while the leading location in Poland is Cracow.

“Cracow is the number one business services destination in Europe,” said Marek Grodziński, Vice President and Head of European BPO Delivery Centers at Capgemini and ABSL Vice President. “According to 2014 data, service centers with foreign capital employed over 33,000 experts in the city.”

Cracow has been named the best European location and one of the top 10 locations internationally for investment in this sector in the latest Tholons Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations annual league table.
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