On the 22 nd of May 2017 the represenbtaives of the European Business Club Poland: Janusz Cieślak – the President, Krzysztof Walendziewski – member of the management Board and Łukasz Grzelec – acting as the Director of the Press Office took part in the inauguration of the beginning of operating of the China Construction Bank (Europe) S.A. Branch in Poland. The event took place in the Ballroom of Hotel Sofitel Victoria.
China Construction Bank Corporation with head office in Beijing had been established in 1954 (formerly known as China Construction Bank) is a leading, big commercial bank in the People’s Republic of China. By the end of 2016 the capitalization of the Bank amounted to 192.626 million USD. This allowed for a fifth place among banks listed on the stock exchange. The Bank has 14,985 branches and departments in continental China and and supports branches and departments of the commercial bank in 29 countries and regions with 251 foreign institutions at all levels.
China Construction Bank (Europe) S.A. Branch in Poland is the first branch of China Construction Bank in Central and Eastern Europe. The decision to open the branch of the Bank in Poland was lead by a constant development of economic and trade co-operation between China and Central and Eastern Europe. The Branch will fully contribute to the brand, resources and global communication network ensuring the clients from China, Poland and Central and Eastern Europe high quality of financial services.
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.
In 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.
At the invitation of the Chinese representatives, delegation of the European Business Club Poland: President Janusz Cieslak and member Barbara Misterska – Dragan visited Beijing and Hunan Province from November 30th to December 6th 2014. Representatives of our club were members of the delegation of the Polish House Association, which cooperates with China for over 20 years.
The delegation met in Beijing with the representatives of the management of the Foreign Economic Cooperation Center, the Chinese Association for International Cooperation and the Ministry of Agriculture. The subject of the talks included economic cooperation with particular emphasis on the agricultural sector. The delegation was also hosted by the Hunan Province which is one of the most developed regions in China (area of 211.8 thousand km2 includes 13 cities, 1 autonomous region and 122 districts). Held talks regarded cooperation possibilities between province inhabited by 71 million people and entrepreneurs from our country. Representatives of the provincial government invited entrepreneurs from our Association for a trade visit in 2015. The invitation was accepted with a great pleasure by Janusz Cieslak, President of the European Business Club Poland.
Management Board of the European Business Club Poland kindly asks its members to submit their interest in trade mission to China no later than January 30, 2015.
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