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.