Poland to encourage companies to increase exports - Minister Emilewicz

Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz on Tuesday envisaged steps aimed at encouraging Polish companies to expand their export-related activities.

The minister added that well and fast developing economies are those in which domestic companies show increased interest in winning new foreign markets.

Emilewicz, addressing a press conference preceding the first support forum in Poland for Polish business abroad: PAIH EXPO 2018 - The First Trade & Invest Forum, to take place in Warsaw on October 25, recalled that the over 60 trade offices that have been opened by the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) around the world are active support for the interests of Polish business abroad.

She added that the offices offer companies knowledge on local markets as well as take part in finding adequate business partners for Polish companies. Their support also consists of "building Poland's trademark on markets where we have been absent so far."

Among incentives offered to domestic firms, Minister Emilewicz also included financial support and instruments in the hands of the state-owned Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego development bank and the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development.

PAIH head Tomasz Pisula noted that 18-20 percent of all Polish companies are exporting their products. 83 percent of Polish exports are directed to European Union markets.

"Polish companies are in good shape, they are doing well on the domestic as well as on the EU markets, but we believe that the next step in the development of Polish entrepreneurship will focus on markets outside Europe," stressed Pisula.