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Greetings from Washington, D.C.! 
Welcome to the newsletter of the Trade and Investment Section of the Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C. Our goal is to help Polish companies ensure their success on the US market but equally important is assisting US businesses looking to buy goods and services in Poland or locate their activity in our country.


On the occasion of coming Easter Holiday we wish you peace, joy and happiness. Happy Easter!

Team of the Trade and Investment Section
of the Embassy of Poland

      Events

  • Polish companies at Photonics West 2017
  • Miami International Boat Show
  • Google’s Headquarters Hosts V4 Cybersecurity Conference
  • Polish Delegation Visits MIT
  • Poland at SXSW 2017
  • Trade Office in San Francisco officially open
  • Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visits Washington, D.C.
  • Polish students visit the Embassy of Poland

      Good news

  • Poland ranked 45th on Index of Economic Freedom
  • Good Change in the Economy
  • Poland advances in the Global Innovation Index 2017
  • The World Bank commends Poland
       Upcoming events
  • SelectUSA Summit 2017
  • BIO International Convention
  • TechConnect World Innovation Conference
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  • Video about Poland - your place to invest!

Snapshots of our events

Polish Companies at Photonics West 2017
Discover new photonics technology from Poland

On January 30th to February 2nd, 2017 our Trade and Investment Section of Polish Embassy organized a special national booth at Photonics West 2017 where six Polish companies were showcasing their technologies: FIBRAIN, InPhoTECH, Polish Technological Platform on Photonics, Solaris Optics, TOP GaN Lasers and VIGO System.
During the event we have organized a seminar “Discover new photonics technology from Poland” in Stafford House in San Francisco where participants had the opportunity to meet best of the best from the Polish photonics sector. The seminar participants have also learnt strategies for launching a technology business in Silicon Valley as well as developing and protecting theirs rights in intellectual property during a lecture by an expert from the innovative law firm RIMON.

Miami International Boat Show

Our Trade & Investment Promotion Section, for the first time took part in prestigious Miami International Boat Show, as part of its promotional activities for 2017, to promote Polish companies from civilian marine sector. As it was a late call, Polish companies did not manage to take part in person, however they equipped our office with all the necessary information, data and promotional materials. At the show, almost 2000 companies presented to more than 100 000 guests from 35 countries their products and services: motor boats, full sea yachts, houseboats, accessories, navigational and rescue equipment, tourist and sports garments.   

Miami International Boat Show is definitely a must-be event for any serious marine company, it is among the largest and most famous trade shows of its kind in the world. Poland needs to further develop its brand awareness there, as a country which manufactures yachts, recreational boats and marine accessories. Given its sophisticated and demanding visitors, Polish companies will need to send their top promotional experts, which we are certain they will do. The whole event was very useful learning experience and our Section will do our best to ensure that Polish companies can present their state-of-the-art products in the best possible way during next editions of the Miami International Boat Show.

Google’s Headquarters Hosts V4 Cybersecurity Conference
The Visegrad Four countries — the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia — partnered with Google for a V4 Cybersecurity Conference - Safety and Business – Cybersecurity as a force driving innovation and entrepreneurship under the We4Startups brand on March 7th. The conference was held at the Google Office in Washington, D.C. and was attended by representatives from the world of politics, business and academia from V4 countries as well as the United States.

The conference was opened by Ambassador Piotr Wilczek who pointed out that closer international cooperation is required in order to confront the challenges cybersecurity poses. Regional groups such as the V4 offer a dynamic innovative ecosystem and a great source of IT development noted Ambassador Wilczek.

Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York and current chairman of the White House Cybersecurity Taskforce emphasized, that one of the most important elements in combating cybercrimes on such a large scale is ever greater involvement of the private sector. “The main goal is to gather information about threats, reacting early to cyber incidents and preparing responses which aim at preventing attacks in the future” explained Giuliani.

Left: Undersecretary of State in the Polish Ministry of Economic Development Jadwiga Emilewicz. Right: Ambassador Piotr Wilczek. Photo by M. Stefański/ MSZ
Also present at the conference was Undersecretary of State in the Polish Ministry of Economic Development Jadwiga Emilewicz, who noted that Poland is ready to cooperation in the cybersecurity sphere, especially in the fields of academics and business. The development of information technology, including ones for combating cyberattacks, are an important element for growth in Poland, not only in the IT sector but the whole economy.

The main focus of the conference was to present Europe’s Central and Eastern Region as a dynamic innovative ecosystem containing attractive investment possibilities, as well as a readiness to offer US partners technology and know-how in the field of cybersecurity. The dynamic growth of the ICT sector in Poland as well as in the other countries in our region have resulted in untapped potential in the relations between our region and the United States.  

The conference was one element of the program of the Polish government delegation headed by Minister Emilewicz, which included representatives of Polish firms and startups: Cybersu Labs,  Armaio, Autenti, Cryptomage, Rublon and Nethone. The delegation also took part in meetings with government officials as well as with representatives of US accelerators, firms and non-governmental organization involved in cybersecurity.
Source: Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C.

Polish Delegation Visits MIT
On March 9th MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative has hosted a Polish Delegation comprised of Undersecretary of State in the Polish Ministry of Economic Development Jadwiga Emilewicz and Undersecretaries of State from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education Piotr Dardziński and our Trade and Investment Promotion Section.
Photo: Internet Policy Research Initiative, MIT.
IPRI learned about Poland’s focus on Cyber Security as they launch their new Cyber Security Strategy. The complexity of designing and implementing an effective cyber security plan is difficult and the research MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative is producing greatly facilitates the planning and effectiveness of these types of strategies. Part of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative’s mission is to educate and engage policy makers from around the World.
Source:  Internet Policy Research Initiative, MIT.
Poland at SXSW 2017
Up: Polish Booth at SXSW Trade Show and Pitch Stage by L. Nowak, Scubaphone. Down: Pitch Stage by G. Szczepaniak, Booke and Ambassador D. O'Sullivan speech.
Six Polish startups: Booke, Cityglobe, Blastlab, HiProMine, Scubaphone and Spendolater have presented at one of the biggest and the most prestigious international cultural-business events in the US - South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas on March 12-15, 2017. Poland's participation  was supported by our Trade and Investment Section, Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C. and Polish Cultural Institute New York.
The SXSW conference is one of the most important mass events in the US devoted to digital technologies, film, music, computer games, medicine, sports, literature, advertising, environmental and social issues. Every year's event attracts thousands of people from all over the world. The conference includes fairs, lectures, practical workshops, discussion panels and thousands of meetings.
Polish startups participated in SXSW had the opportunity to pitch their ideas to an audience during the Trade Show Pitch Stage and EU Demo Deck organized by the Delegation of the EU. The Polish stand also visited the EU Ambassador to the United States David O'Sullivan.
Polish Trade Office in San Francisco officially open
Left: Maja Kieturakis, head of PolishHub in San Francisco. Right: Meeting at the San Francisco Mayor's Office.
Photo: paih.gov.pl

The first office of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency in US has been officially opened in San Francisco with the participation of Undersecretary of State in the Polish Ministry of Economic Development Tadeusz Kościński and President of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency Tomasz Pisula.

The United States is one of Poland's main trading partners. There is a growing interest of American companies in investing in Polish research and development sector, BSS, IT/ICT services, automotive, aviation, energy industries as well as in new technologies. Foreign Trade Offices are being set up all over the world, to create a network of branches of the Agency, dedicated to supporting Polish exporters and investors on foreign, distant markets. Offices will also assist foreign investors in entering the Polish market. The Agency’s US Trade Office, called the PolishHub, is located in Rocket Space  - one of the most advanced and recognised business accelerators in the world (180 Sansome Street, San Francisco, 94104).

PolishHub promotes and supports Polish high-tech companies interested in expanding into the Silicon Valley - the global startup and innovation hub and a home to such technology giants as Apple, Google and Facebook. The office offers a variety of services and is responsible for establishing contacts with local businesses and institutions, as well as providing access to some of the largest venture capital funds in the world. The office will also create and make available a complex database of information, necessary to support Polish companies attracted by the US market.

During the visit, Minister Kościński and President Pisula met Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco and Stephan Crawford, US Department of Commerce, and expressed their gratitude for support offered in promoting PolishHub and new Polish initiatives. Poland is interested in further cooperation with US administration in building a strong Polish business brand in the Silicon Valley. The delegation also visited the headquarters of Google and the US Commercial Service in San Francisco.
Source: Polish Investment and Trade Agency.

Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visits US
Deputy Prime Minister Morawiecki’s meeting with the Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. Photo by B. Kosinski. MR.

Washington, Boston, New York – these three cities were visited by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development and Finance Mateusz Morawiecki during his visit to the United States. Over the course of three days he met with members of the US government, advisors to President Donald Trump and the heads of the Federal Reserve and the International Monetary Fund.

The meeting with Kenneth Juster, advisor to President Trump who oversees international economic policy and is also the head US negotiator in G7 and G20, dealt mainly with opportunities to increase trade between Poland and the United States. Topics tied to energy security were discussed during the course of Deputy Prime Minister Morawiecki’s meeting with the Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. Secretary Perry expressed his willingness to discuss further the export of US LNG to Poland. The talks also addressed the possibility of extracting shall gas in Poland. A series of meetings with the closest advisors to President Trump concluded with a meeting with Secretary of Trade Wilbur Ross. This meeting dealt with Polish-American cooperation in the area of trade and investment.

Left: Deputy Prime Minister Morawiecki’s meeting with the Secretary of Trade Wilbur Ross. Right: Minister Morawieck' lecture at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Photo by B. Kosinski. MR.

The Deputy Prime Minister also met with the Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde and her deputy David Lipton. Talks focused on development programs and elastic lines of credit. Meanwhile the meeting with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen dealt with first and foremost US monetary policy and its correlation with economic development.

Minister Morawiecki also delivered a lecture at Harvard University’s Kennedy School regarding inequalities in the modern world. One of the main points of his talk was the need to established a new international agreement which would aid in, among others, combating tax avoidance and threats in the sphere of cybersecurity.
Source: Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C.

Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki about his meeting with Trump cabinet, Chair Yellen, Secretary Ross. 
CNN International.
https://twitter.com/questCNN/status/849727078698070016
Polish students visit the Embassy of Poland

On March 30th Ambassador Piotr Wilczek met with Polish students from some of the top US universities such as Harvard Business School, Institute of World Politics and American University. During the meeting, the students had the opportunity to present their current scientific and professional achievements as well as experiences gained during their studies and stay in the United States.

The presence of Polish students at some of the most prestigious universities in the world shows how many Polish young professionals are creative and ready to make a positive contribution to building a strong and modern economy. Their success is the best promotion of Poland as an attractive place for American investors, which significantly contributes to strengthening Poland's economic ties with the United States.

Good News

Poland ranked 45th on Index of Economic Freedom
Poland has been ranked in 45th place in this year’s edition of the Index of Economic Freedom prepared by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal. A year ago it came 39th and in 2015 it claimed the 42nd spot. Poland’s economic freedom indicator was calculated to be 68,3 points, in comparison to 69,3 points last year. Source: heritage.org

Good Change in the Economy

The rating agency Moody’s raised its growth forecast for Poland’s GDP from 2.9 per cent to 3.2 per cent in 2017. “The improved forecast is in our opinion lasting and structural in nature, as it pertains to both consumption and investments,” Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in reference to the forecasts made by Moody’s. Source: poland.pl, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna

Poland advances in the Global Innovation Index 2017

Poland jumped one spot and advanced to 22nd position in the Global Innovation Index 2017. The Global Innovation Index (GII) aims to capture the multi-dimensional facets of innovation and provide the tools that can assist in tailoring policies to promote long-term output growth, improved productivity, and job growth. The GII helps to create an environment in which innovation factors are continually evaluated. To view report please visit globalinnovationindex.org

The World Bank commends Poland

The economic development of Poland has been a huge success in recent years, but further reforms are needed in order to meet citizens’ expectations of catching up with the rest of the European Union – this is the main conclusion of the World Bank report “Lessons from Poland; Insights for Poland”. To view report please visit worldbank.org

Upcoming events

SelectUSA Summit
June 18-20, 2017, Washington, D.C. 
SelectUSA Summit
BIO International Convention
June 19-22, 2017, San Diego, CA
TechConnect World Innovation Conference
May 14-17, 2017, Washington, D.C.

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