Programme for Belarusian companies to be launched in Poland

Emilewicz explained that PM Mateusz Morawiecki had obliged her to prepare "a programme, which will help young technology companies, firms, which are very active on the Belarusian market, to find a safe place, safe harbour in Poland." Sebastian Borowski/PAP

Polish Deputy PM and Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz stated on Tuesday that "a programme is being launched in Poland directed to companies, start-ups and freelancers who feel the political uncertainty in Belarus today and are seeking safe harbour."

Emilewicz made the statement during a press briefing on the sidelines of the Economic Forum in Karpacz, southern Poland. She added that the programme also offers fast-track visas.

Referring to the ongoing forum, Emilewicz stated that it will be focused on the prospects of economic development during the coronavirus pandemic.

"We will be seeking ways to build mechanisms of resilience for the Polish economy. But this is not everything, since this year we are hosting our friends - leaders of the Belarusian opposition. And that is why I announce an important programme, which will be launched tomorrow," she said.

Emilewicz explained that PM Mateusz Morawiecki had obliged her to prepare "a programme, which will help young technology companies, firms, which are very active on the Belarusian market, to find a safe place, safe harbour in Poland."

"To meet this goal, the Development Ministry is launching a 'Poland. Business Harbour' programme," she announced, underlining that Poland could be a safe place for companies, start-ups and freelancers, which feel uncertain in Belarus today and are seeking safe harbour. "We have been experienced in building an economic success over the recent 30 years," she stated.

The 'Poland. Business Harbour' programme, which is a complex package making it easier for SMEs, start-ups and freelancers to easily relocate to Poland, is being coordinated by the Development Ministry and the Polish Investment and Trade Agency in cooperation with GovTech Polska at the PM's Office, the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) and the Startup Hub Poland.

"We propose fast-track visas for businessmen and their families in order to make it possible for them to quickly come to Poland," she said, adding that the programme also offered help in meeting pandemic-related requirements and other services in the business concierge formula.

Emilewicz declared that a special website and help line will be launched on Wednesday as part of the programme.