On November 21, 2012, the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ) announced the results of the 2012 report on “the Investment Attractiveness of Voivodships”. The report was commissioned by the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency, prepared by Centrum Analiz Regionalnych i Lokalnych (Center for Regional Analysis) and supervised by Professor Hanna Godlewska-Majkowska, Ph.D. from Warsaw School of Economics.
The report is one of a few studies which are related not only to voivodships but also local communities – microregions (communes and districts). The distinction into the real and potential attractiveness, and close cooperation with regional partners of our Agency, makes the report an unusual and reliable source of information about the potential of Polish regions, as well as an extremely important tool in the process of shaping the regional development.
The cooperation of PAIiIZ and Warsaw School of Economics, as part of the research on investment attractiveness of voivodships, has been conducted for several years. Currently, we have the pleasure to introduce to you the third report which was commissioned by and prepared in cooperation with PAIiIZ, together with regional partners – mainly from Investor Service Centers (localized in Marshal Offices and regional development agencies), as well as with special economic zones.
Main conclusions from the 2012 report on the Investment Attractiveness of Voivodships:
- Investment attractiveness is closely connected to the level of the economic development. This is why, in terms of investment attractiveness, voivodships well-developed economically, such as: Mazowieckie, Dolnośląskie, Śląskie, Małopolskie, Pomorskie, Wielkopolskie, and Łódzkie, clearly stand out.
- Recently, the investment attractiveness of Podkarpackie Voivodship has been increased, which may be the effect of the raise in infrastructure expenditures, and the innovativeness of aviation sector which is important for the region.
- All voivodships have driving forces behind development - big cities or old provincial capitals. The industrial and touristic centers are also attractive.
- On the local scale, sub-zones of the special economic zones play an important role in the shaping of investment attractiveness, particularly the real attractiveness, especially when they are accompanied by other forms of enterprise support (industrial parks, science and technology parks, business incubators).
- Like in the previous years, the research carried out in 2012 shows that the most attractive Polish region is Mazowieckie Voivodship. This voivodship was rewarded the highest notes (A) for all of the most important national economic sectors. It also definitely excels in terms of capital expenditures by companies, in the value of foreign direct investment.
- The economic driving forces in the Eastern Poland Macroregion are the cities of Białystok, Lublin, and Ełk.