Most Eastern Poland contracts in the food sector

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In a survey, entrepreneurs from Eastern Poland have summarised their participation in the Eastern Poland Economic Promotion Programme. Declarations indicate that most contracts and most new jobs were recorded in the food sector which is prevalent in this part of the country.

Since 2010 companies operating in one of the five voivodeships of the Eastern Poland Macroregion:Lubelskie, Podkarpackie, Podlaskie, Świętokrzyskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie, may take advantage of the Eastern Poland Economic Promotion Programme.From January 2010 to October 2013, as many as 1473 entrepreneurs and 395 representatives of local self-governments of the voivodeships have taken part in 123 promotional events.The events aim at promoting the economic potential of the macroregion, but also of the companies themselves.

- It is certainly a great opportunity for the companies to present themselves at the international market – their offer and their products.It is also an opportunity to directly meet with potential clients and partners.For many Eastern Poland enterprises it would be practically impossible to find the funds to finance such a wide-ranging promotion – says Jan Mirończuk from KOMIREX in Siemiatycze, specialising in processing of forest fruit and mushrooms.

The surveys sent to 300 companies participating in promotional and exhibition activities (from January 2010 to October 2013), were answered by 171 companies. Results were quite clear, it was the food sector where the most contracts were signed – as many as 269 new contracts.Lingerie sector– with 101 contracts ranked second and the yacht sector was third – 76 contracts.

The value of those contracts in the food sector totalled PLN 97,025,342.02.Investments in new production lines amounted to PLN 4,700,000, in new plants PLN 1,000,000, and in new equipment PLN 2,972,189.12.In terms of the value of declared contracts the food sector ranked second, after the aviation sector, where the contracts totalled PLN 128,960,000.

- The food sector is a domain of the Eastern Poland.Agri-food products from this region are highly valued on international markets and meet the highest quality and taste standards.Entrepreneurs from the agri-food sector are actively participating in international fairs and missions organised by the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency.This way they can reach new partners with their offer, and often also extend their outlets.Polish food is highly valued not only in European countries and the USA, but also in such distant counties as  Saudi Arabiasays Bożena Czaja, member of the Management Board of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency.

In total, the survey respondents declared as much as PLN 331,075,232.90in„profits” from Eastern their participation in the Eastern Poland Economic Promotion Programme.

This PLN 330 million comprises:
- conclusion of 520 contracts for the total amount of PLN 269,079,433.99;
- investments in new equipment for the implementation of new contracts for the amount of PLN 21,879,939.82;
- investments in the construction of a new plant:PLN 11,575,000.00;
- investments in the development of the plant, e.g. new production lines and halls for the amount of PLN 28,540,859.29.

The Eastern Poland Economic Promotion Programme, implemented by the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency under Measure 1.4 of the Operational Programme Development of Eastern Poland aims at improving the competitiveness and attractiveness of the region.It assumes the promotion of five voivodeships of the Eastern Poland Macroregion:Lubelskie, Podkarpackie, Podlaskie,  Świętokrzyskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie.The main goal of the programme is to raise the interest of potential investors and partners in the economic offer of Eastern Poland and to accelerate the socio-economic development of the region.Promotional activities are directed mainly at EU countries, USA, Russia, China, Korea, India and Persian Gulf countries.Sectors of strategic importance for Eastern Poland include:food industry, wood and furniture sector, BPO, yacht and aviation sectors, chemical, machine and RES industries as well as business tourism.

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