|Baltic Business Forum 2016 is concluded!
In spite of a difficult political situation, development of Turkey’s economy is not threatened – government representatives from Ankara ensured and invited Polish entrepreneurs to invest on the Bosphorous. The Republic of Turkey has been the Honored Guest of this years Baltic Business Forum concluded on Friday 16th of September.
– Trade exchange between Poland and Turkey in 2015 reached a turnover of approx. 5,8 billion euros. Sections of Turkish economy especially interesting for Polish companies are: energetics, cosmetics, chemistry, food, construction and defense industries – said Evren Müderrisoğlu, trade counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Warsaw. He also convinced that politics is not a barrier limiting doing business in Turkey. Polish entrepreneurs already present on the Bosphorous have also claimed so.– Apart from lenghtening tender procedures there are no substantial complications in day-by-day functioning of business – told Krzysztof Burek, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Rafako. Our company presently is a part of ten tender procedures for the construction and/or renovation of furnaces and installations for Turkish power plants. Turnover/year is over 70 mln euros.
Selena, Polpharma, Azoty Group or Asseco also run their business in Turkey – with over 80 mln citizens it is one of the most attractive markets of Europe and Asia. This is exactly why we have wanted to reveal this opportunity especially to our SMEs – Jacek Piechota, former Polish Minister of Economy, founder of Baltic Business Forum initiative stated. Turkish entrepreneurs participating in this year’s edition of the Forum have expressed their strong interest in utilizing Polish experience in doing business with Ukraine. Three-sided cooperation agreement has been signed in Świnoujście between Polish-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, Polish-Turkish Chamber of Commerce and Turkish-Ukrainian Businessmen Association.
One of the most important postulates of the Forum is an urgent need to deal with the issue of legislature concerning Ukrainian workforce in Poland – we need a new international, intergovernmental agreement. Kiev has already signed such a document with the government in Lisbon and we still don’t have it with Poland – Oleg Dubish, Vice-President of the Polish-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce exclaimed. Bilateral agreement is interesting for Polish entrepreneurs who expect a simplification of procedures for employing people from abroad – In some Marshall’s Offices the process can take up to 26 weeks and we have to quickly react to workforce shortages in our enterprises – Grzegorz Tokarski, Vice-president of National Labor Center – It is getting harder and harder to get workers on our internal market and there are times when a few hundred people are needed in an instance – he reasoned. System has to be more flexible. Our government announces changes from 2017 but hasn’t given any details yet. – In concern for the upcoming changes in the law, Polish entrepreneurs will surely overflow municipal offices with their applications before January 1st 2017 so the awaiting period for permits will grow even longer – alerted Mariusz Markiewicz, COB of SAS Logistic, an enterprise employing 700 Ukrainians and would be happy to employ another 300-400.
Baltic Business Forum focuses on increasing economic cooperation in Baltic-Adriatic-Black Sea area – in order to fully utilize Polish economic potential we need to cooperate with partners. Vast opportunities await especially to the East and to the South of our borders – professor Michał Kleiber, former Minister of Science of Poland and former president of Polish Academy of Sciences, Head of the Baltic Business Forum Programme Council judged.
Speakers during the Forum debated on port development, large infrastructure projects, capital markets, mining industry, logistics and energetics.
This was the 8th edition of the Baltic Business Forum in Świonujście. Next year Bulgaria will be the Honored Guest.