A group of businessmen from the Lower Silesia region, southwestern Poland, who manage companies in the wine, legal and logistic consulting, water and sewerage and cosmetic and ecological products sectors, is attending an economic Moldovan-Polish forum, which takes place in Chișinău. The event is organized by the Moldovan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Center for Development and Entrepreneurship Moldova-Poland. The goal of the event is to explore new opportunities for cooperation and collaboration between the two countries.
The Polish ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, Bartlomiej Zdaniuk, said in the opening of the forum that there is a long-standing political, social and cultural connection between the countries. He said that Poland is implementing many development projects in Moldova and that trade between the countries reaches 330 million euros annually. However, according to the ambassador, a more active cooperation is desired, which can be achieved via direct contacts.
Bartlomiej Zdaniuk added that the Lower Silesia region, which also bears the name of Lower Silesian Voivodeship, is a highly developed region. Over the course of the last 30 years the administration has managed to completely change the face of the cities and villages of this voivodship, by attracting investment. "The potential offered by the business people coming from this area should not be neglected, while their visit allows the creation of new connections", said Bartlomiej Zdaniuk.
Cezar Przybylski, marshal of Lower Silesian Voivodeship, said that Polish entrepreneurs have a special interest in working with businesspersons in Moldova. The Lower Silesian Voivodeship of Poland has become the leader in job creation since 2006. Moreover, the region ranks sixth in Poland in terms of development, having one of the best infrastructure systems in the country. There are many tourist attractions, while the hotel and wine sectors are very well developed.
Sergiu Harea, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Moldova chairman, said that it is very important to work with representatives of foreign countries for the Moldovan economy. Additionally, he said that signing economic agreements with the EU, CIS and Turkey paved the way for Moldovan products. In order to capitalize on these opportunities, it is very important to put in touch the representatives of the two business environments in order to establish cooperation and businesses.
The volume of trade with Poland was 265 million dollars in 2016. In 2018 it rose to about 300 million, while in 2019 it is expected to reach 332 - 340 million dollars.
According to Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure data, in July this year, 102 companies with Polish capital were operating in Moldova.