AM­BAS­SADOR BRIEF­ING

POLAND

Singapore Business Review - - FIRST -

Zenon Kosiniak-kamysz was ap­pointed as am­bas­sador of the Repub­lic of Poland to Sin­ga­pore since July 2014. He shared his thoughts on Sin­ga­pore and Poland’s busi­ness re­la­tions:

Sin­ga­pore is Poland’s big­gest ex­port mar­ket in South­east Asia. Our mu­tual trade is bal­anced with ma­jor­ity of the Pol­ish ex­ports re­lated to the ship­ping in­dus­try. The re­cent slow­down in the Sin­ga­porean O&M in­dus­try had some im­pli­ca­tions for our bi­lat­eral trade but Poland-made lux­ury yachts still sell well here. The Pol­ish Trade and In­vest­ment Agency (PTIA) just opened here its first Trade Of­fice in Asia and signed mem­o­ran­dums with IE Sin­ga­pore and SBF on fa­cil­i­ta­tion of busi­ness co­op­er­a­tion to sup­port in­di­vid­ual busi­nesses in the part­ner mar­kets. Poland has strong com­pe­ten­cies in many in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing au­to­mo­tive and avi­a­tion, land trans­porta­tion ve­hi­cles, con­struc­tion in­dus­try, or biotech. Man­u­fac­tur­ing is a strong do­main in Poland.

We are also one of the top global lo­ca­tions for busi­ness ser­vices. Our tal­ents in IT or fin­tech in­dus­tries are highly val­ued. Sin­ga­porean in­vestors keen to go abroad should know that sus­tained eco­nomic growth and fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity make Poland one of the most at­trac­tive for­eign in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tions. As an agri­cul­tural pow­er­house in Europe, Poland has a great po­ten­tial to tap into Sin­ga­pore’s pol­icy to di­ver­sify food sources and ex­pand foods ex­ports to the lo­cal mar­ket. Sin­ga­porean O&M com­pa­nies may seek to em­ploy their com­pe­ten­cies in the devel­op­ment of off­shore wind or fish farm­ing in Poland.

Be­fore mov­ing to Sin­ga­pore, Kosiniak-kamysz served as the am­bas­sador of Poland to Canada, Slo­vakia, and he was posted twice to Ger­many and Hun­gary. He was also un­der­sec­re­tary of state for ar­ma­ments and moderni­sa­tion at the Min­istry of Na­tional De­fence.

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