Chinese Ambassador visits the European Business Club Poland.

On 19 January, at the invitation of Mr. Janusz Cieslak, the President of the EBC Poland, our Association hosted Mr. Xu Jian, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Poland. China  appears for Polish entrepreneurs as an economy with great opportunities hence the interest of this market is enormous. Full conference room of Czarny Kot – My Warsaw Residence confirmed this thesis. Ambassador Xu Jian was accompanied by Liu Lijuan, Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy together with other members of the Embassy’s staff, as well as a delegation of the representatives of Chinese companies, among others, Mr. Li Xiaobo, CEO of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Europe), and Mr. Wang Weijing,, PR Director in Huawei.

In his welcome speech President Janusz Cieslak recalled that the first joint venture in China was established in 1951 and it has been Polish-Chinese company Chipolbrok which at a meeting represented its CEO Mr. Liu Shanghai. On the Polish side the meeting was attended by among others: Mr. Roman Jagieliński former Deputy Prime Minister and currently the President of the Fruit Group ROJA, Mrs. Anna Kalata, former Minister of Labor and now the owner of the KALATA TV, Mrs. Barbara Misterska-Dragan, former Deputy Minister of Treasury and now the President of Misters Audytor Adviser and the only in Poland Honorary Citizen of Beijing Mr. Zdzislaw Góralczyk, former Ambassador to China, currently the President of Polish-Chinese Friendship Association.

DSC_0019In his speech, Ambassador Xu Jian presented the current state of China’s economy and prospects for the development of trade relations between our countries, indicating the reasons which prevent its rapid growth. When the time for questions and comments from the audience came, a real economic dialogue between Poland and China had started. Nearly 1.5 hour conversation, not only gave the participants a unique experience, but also built a belief that there is a huge potential for growth in trade. Prospective contractors must, however, get to know each other and build common ground for agreement. That is one of the reasons why European Business Club Poland plans to organize a trade mission to China in the second half of this year. This mission will be the consequence of a visit to China, held from 30 November – 6 December 2014, by the President of EBC Poland Janusz Cieslak and a member of the Association Mrs. Barbara Misterska – Dragan. The aim of the visit was to explore the possibility of increasing the export of Polish goods to China and establishing contacts with interested companies. Thanks to previously acquired contacts, members of this year’s mission will be well prepared for the meetings with definite Chinese companies interested in trading with Polish exporters.

The last point of the meeting was the exchange of business cards and individual conversations which lasted late into the evening.

The European Business Club Poland hosted British Ambassador.

At the invitation of the President Janusz Cieslak on October 6, 2014 European Business Club Poland hosted visit of the British Ambassador to Poland, HE Robin Barnett. During his welcome speech President Janusz Cieslak pointed out, inter alia, that it is Ambassador Barnett’s third time full diplomatic mission in Poland and is one of the greatest friends of our country.

HE Ambasador Robin Barnett during the meeting
HE Ambasador Robin Barnett during the meeting

In his speech Ambassador Robin Barnett stated that Poland is by far the most important trading partner for the UK in Central Europe. Trade is very lively and is growing more and more rapidly. Polish accession to the European Union resulted in a significant increase in trade between the two countries. Currently, the UK market is, after Germany, Polish second largest export market. So far, export to the UK was conducted in the majority by large corporations. Recently we can observe a change in this trend. More and more Polish companies operating at UK’s market are small and medium size companies which also begin to export their goods and services. Ambassador Robin Barnett pointed out two factors that undoubtedly contribute to the expansion of Polish products and services to the UK market. From May 1, 2004, more than half a million Poles have permanently emigrated to the UK and consequently the Polish language became the second, after English, the most used in the UK. Second factor is that the Polish businesses opened up to new opportunities and they offer more competitive products and services, which is appreciated in the global markets.
The Ambassador stressed that the United Kingdom is one of the most attractive markets for investors in the world. It is also appreciated by our entrepreneurs. Currently the UK there is operating sixty thousands of Polish companies.
The overriding objective of the Embassy is supporting key British companies interested in involvement in strategic projects in Poland. Embassies staff is focused on six sectors in which British companies have a lot to offer. These are: energy, transport infrastructure and water, the defense sector, the service sector, particularly financial, health care, and advanced engineering technologies.

After Ambassadors speech there was held interesting discussion, during which Ambassador answered numerous questions.

Ambassador Robin Barnett promised to meet with members of the EBC Poland also next year.