Journalists’ study visit to the Lubelskie and Podlaskie Provinces.
Invited by the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency under the Eastern Poland Economic Promotion Programme, on 17-20 September 2013, the journalists cooperating with the Arabic, Chinese, Russian and German-speaking media visited Eastern Poland Macroregion.
The guests familiarised not only with the investment opportunities of the visited regions but also with the various touristic qualities of Eastern Poland.
It was already the first meeting with Jarosław Ptaszek – chairperson of the Fans of Stężyca Association, who succeeded in engaging commune’s citizens to build recreational complex “Vistula Island” – that resulted in a very interesting discussion about entrepreneurship development and investment opportunities in the region. Spread over almost 30 hectares, the complex in Stężyca is the biggest investment completed by the public benefit organisation in Poland. It cost ca. 18 million złoty, more than 60% of the amount came from the Regional Operational Programme. The construction took 3 years.
Part of the agenda was a visit to the nearby JMP Flowers greenhouses, Polish leader in the quality of produced flowers. Journalists explored with interest one of the most modern greenhouses in the world. Total area occupied by JMP Flowers is more than 11 hectares, and the company produces ca. 60 species of roses, 40 species of anthurium and several dozen species of orchids.
The next day, the journalists visited Aliplast, a company located in the Euro-Park Mielec Special Economic Zone, Lublin Sub-zone. The guests were welcomed by the Mayor of Lublin, Krzysztof Żuk and the meeting was also attended by the representatives of the City Hall and the Marshall Office. Representing Euro-Park Mielec SEZ, Dominika Błaszczak talked about green-fields and brown-fields designated for investments and Aliplast’s employees laid out the history of the company – a leading producer of aluminium profiles for construction industry. The journalists had an opportunity to see modern production halls including fully automated painting lines and profile cutting machines. Accompanied by the representatives of local authorities, they also took a walk around Lublin’s Old Town. Visit to Lublin ended with a meeting in the Lublin Science and Technology Park, where the guests had the chance to listen to Tomasz Małecki, Chairman of the Board, who spoke about the operations of the Lublin Park. They were particularly interested in the cooperation between Lublin’s universities and the business world, and the tour around the Park and its chemical laboratories that test food, water and alternative fuels.
The last two days were spent in Podlasie. Owing to the engagement of the local authorities, foreign media representatives could not only appreciate the region’s touristic qualities but, first and
foremost, learn in detail about the investments in the region.Further discussion on planned investments in Eastern Poland and particularly in the visited province took place during the official lunch. Guests were interested in the potential of opening a company in Poland and taking advantage of benefits offered by the Special Economic Zones. After the lunch, journalists went to Masterpress, a company located in the Suwałki Special Economic Zone, Sub-zone Białystok.Bogusław Wojtach, Deputy President of the company, presented the company’s production potential in shrink sleeve labels and flexo and offset print technology, demonstrated in practice during a tour around the production hall and the modern machine park.
Late afternoon, the journalists bid farewell to Białystok and left for Białowieża. After the dinner in the restaurant housed in the historical railway station “Białowieża Towarowa” the guests had a surprise waiting for them - a night trip in a handcar. Another attraction for the fans of the Forest and the 19th century architecture was a night in elegant, detached railway coaches, located in the former summer residence of Tsar Nikolas II.
During the study visit, journalists saw two provinces: Lubelskie and Podlaskie and participated in the meetings with local authorities, familiarising with the development plans, investment areas’ offers, and direct promotion pursued under the Eastern Poland Economic Promotion Programme.
Study visits organised by PAIiIZ are addressed at journalists representing foreign media and aim at promoting Eastern Poland abroad.