Poland to be a ‘Partner country’ for Progressive Punjab
Poland will be a partner country for the ‘Progressive Punjab Investors Summit’ to be held on October 28-29, 2015 in Mohali, Punjab. The announcement was made by the Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Mr Janusz Piechocinski, at a joint media interaction with Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, in Lublin, Poland, on July 29. Mr. Badal said that special sessions would be organised during the Summit showcasing opportunities for Polish investors. Mr Badal, who led a strong 9-member official and business contingent to Poland from July 27 to 29, had multiple and substantive interactions with Polish Ministers, regional leaders and senior government officials in Warsaw and Lublin.
- At a business seminar in Warsaw on July 28, Mr Badal outlined the dramatic reforms transforming the Indian economy and presented the strong governance and agriculture credentials of Punjab. The Minister pointed out that Punjab had 2% of India’s land area, but met 26% of the food grain requirements of the country. He invited Polish food processing companies to make in Punjab, given that Poland processes 80 percent of its food, while India processes only around 8 percent. Speaking of the ease of doing business in Punjab, Mr Badal said, “We have one person, one email, one phone number and one address for all the clearances for companies planning to set up their businesses in Punjab’’. Inviting Poland to the Investor Summit in October, the CEO of Invest Punjab, Mr Anirudh Tewari, gave a multimedia presentation detailing the numerous opportunities in Punjab. Ambassador of India Ajay Bisaria said India was on a 8% growth trajectory, with aspirations to achieve double digit growth in the next decades. Ambassador also expressed optimism that the proposed e-tourist visa scheme for Polish citizens and direct flight connection between Delhi and Warsaw could be game-changers in boosting bilateral economic relations.
- Polish Deputy Minister of Economy Mr Arkadiusz Bak and Deputy Minister of Agriculture Mr Tadeusz Nalewajk showcased Poland’s strong economic and agriculture credentials. Poland’s Go India scheme and India’s Make in India program have a neat strategic fit and would help step up bilateral trade and investments. The Deputy Agriculture Minister said that Poland was exploring India’s market for agricultural products and high quality farming equipment. Polish dairy exports to India will also start to flow since regulatory hurdles have been cleared. Both countries have targeted a bilateral trade level of USD 5 billion by 2018 (from the current level of USD 2.3 billion).The Warsaw business seminar also saw presentations by PAIiIZ (Polish Investment and Foreign Relations Agency), Punjab Agro Industries Corporation, Chamber of dairy producers of Poland, Polish apples & other fruits producers union, Juice producers union (KUPS), Polish organisation for trade and distribution (POHiD) and two Indian companies, namely, Bector Food Specialities, Ludhiana and Sukhjit Starch & Chemicals Limited, Phagwara. A number of serious queries were taken forward in B2B interactions.
- Addressing a joint media-interaction with the Deputy Chief Minister Badal in Lublin on July 29, Mr Piechocinski exhorted Polish businesses to look to India as a strong potential partner. He said PM Modi and India’s new government had brought new energy and dynamism in the country. The Deputy CM invited Lublin companies to partner with Punjab companies, particularly in the area of food processing. In delegation-level talks with the Deputy CM, the Deputy Prime Minister presented Lublin as a strong agricultural base of Poland. The agriculture and the medical universities of Lublin have seen a large influx of young people. The DPM said that he was impressed by the single-window authority set up in the state of Punjab and hoped to replicate the model in Poland. The Deputy Governor of the Lublin region, Mr Marcin Starownik, confirmed that the Marshal of Lublin would lead a strong delegation to the Investor Summit in Punjab in October 2015.
- To understand Poland’s agricultural innovation better, the delegation from Punjab visited JMP flowers and was deeply impressed by the scale of activity. The company has built a new type of Dutch greenhouse with an area of 1 hectare under cultivation of anthurium, apart from several hectares of orchid cultivation. The delegation visited a dairy cooperative, SM SPOMLEK and a food processing company in the Lublin region AGRAM, SA. Punjab has invited Poland to play a strong role as a technology partner in promoting flower cultivation, and the processingof milk, fruit and vegetables.
Warsaw, July 31 , 2015