India reaches out to Poland’s Lodz region


India reached out to the Lodzkie region in central Poland and invited its vibrant technology-driven companies to manufacture in India. Ambassador Ajay Bisaria called on the Marshal (Chief Minister) of the Lodzkie region, Mr Witold Stepien, and Mayor of Lodz, Ms. Hanna Zdanowska, in March, and discussed areas of bilateral economic cooperation. The Lodz region already hosts several dynamic Indian companies, mainly Infosys (IT sector, 3000 employees); Sharda Group (textile trading); and Technocraft Group (engineering goods, textiles, energy); apart from several textile traders, who take advantage of Lodz as a major textile hub of Europe.


2.      In a series of meetings with Lodz policy makers and business leaders, the Indian Embassy team identified a number of specific areas for bilateral cooperation including environmental clean technologies; food processing; pharmaceutical sector; educational sector; film production and tourism; IT & BPO; urban transportation; power and machinery; and the SME sector. Besides, numerous opportunities are being thrown up by 100 Smart Cities being developed in India, as also through the ‘Make in India’ campaign, which allows Polish technologies to be converted into products in India.


3.    The Embassy team, along with Mr Amit Lath, Vice-President of the Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IPCCI) and CEO of the Sharda Group, also attended a ‘Grand Business Mixer’ with more than100 companies, including some from India. Ambassador also outlined to a select audience including the Marshal, Deputy Mayor and President of the Lodz Special Economic Zone, India’s new reform agenda, Make in India opportunities and outreach efforts in engaging with the Lodzkie region to deepen bilateral economic cooperation. Head of the Commercial Wing of the Indian Embassy, Mr Sanjeev Manchanda stated that the Embassy would work closely with Lodz to capitalize on opportunities on both sides.


Warsaw, April 8, 2015