The 2nd Industry Forum

Karpacz, December 8-10

The 2nd  Industry Forum in Karpacz, held on 8-10 December 2016, was an opportunity for a broad debate on the key issues of European industry. During the two days there was a number of events: debates, plenary sessions, presentations, reports and thematic blocks in six tracks: Energy, Economy and Society, Innovations and New Economy, Investments and Development, Production and Management, Tourism and Leisure.

The 2nd Industry Forum was attended by nearly 600 guests – representatives of companies from the following sectors: energy, construction, mining, automotive, transport, IT, chemical, FMCG, pharmaceutical, environmental, tourism, as well as representatives of state and local governments, research institutes, think-thanks, experts and journalists from Poland and abroad.

Mateusz Morawiecki, Polish Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Development and Finance was a special guest of Industry Forum. “I would like to thank for this initiative, the Industry Forum, and the topics that we need to discuss … Such meetings are extremely valuable because they help finding the best model of economic development for Poland” – said Deputy Prime Minister in Karpacz. He also added that Poland over the past quarter-century was trying to catch up with the West, but now is able to overtake it by focusing on innovation.

Stanisław Karczewski, Speaker of the Senate of the Republic of Poland, during the plenary session stressed the correlation that can be put into words “An Efficient State, A Strong Industry.” The communication between government departments and ministries is very important. He positively assessed the government’s steps that aim at concentrating the economic decision-making process in the Council of Ministers’ hands.

Cezary Przybylski, Marshal of the Lower Silesia Marshal’s Office, was underlying, among others, that not only a strong central government is needed, but also a strong local government. According to Marshal, only  in case of a good cooperation between the government and the local government, the industry will be thriving.

According to Wiktor Halasiuk, Head of the Committee for Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship, Supreme Council of Ukraine, his country should change economic policy and learn in this area from Polish experience. According to the Ukrainian guest, Poland is a good example thanks to an efficient central government and an appropriate institutional framework.

The second plenary session of the Industry Forum was devoted to the issues associated with reindustrialization. According to Zbigniew Jagiełło, President of the Management Board, PKO Bank Polski “Poland’s development model has drained not so much in the economic sense, but in the psychological sense”, therefore it’s time for a change. “Our expectations have risen: Legia wants to play in the Champions League and so does Poland. We want to establish rules of the game, but in order to do that large, strong companies are needed.

Michal Jezioro, Vice President of KGHM , noticed that there are not enough such companies in the industry. “When I worked in China, people often asked me: what are you good at producing there? Besides the food, I was not able to name anything. There is no international, competitive industry. Many claimed that the old industries are not needed anymore, and that it’s time for the knowledge economy. However, the truth is somewhere in between. In the most developed countries a developed service sector is based on traditional industries, such as metallurgy factories – said the deputy head of KGHM.

Also, the President of PKN Orlen Wojciech Jasinski emphasised the need for re-industrialisation. “If you want to reach your goals, you have to earn respect” – he said.

He added that in addition to the development of entrepreneurship, it is important to develop a culture of cooperation between Polish entrepreneurs. “In Orlen, we want to give a chance to Polish companies, but they can not enjoy any privileges,” – the President noted.

President of the Board of the Industrial Development Agency, Marcin Chludziński, was asked by the moderator of the discussion „Can Poland Become a European Economic Power?” about the financing the innovations and infrastructure. Chludziński pointed out that the incorporated members of the Agency are currently breaking some kind of weakness of the state caused by the lack of dialogue between the state institutions. Behind the success of the economic system stands producing bigger amount of final products. For the effective re-industrialization, according to the President of ARP, we need “two hands” – invisible hand of the market and the visible one – of a state.

Answering the question if Poland can be the European economic power, and what to chieve it, former Prime Minister Jan Krzysztof Bielecki said that we should appreciate what we already have and what we’ve achieved with hard work and do everything not to lose the run up position. Prime Minister Bielecki told that the current pension system brought negative consequences, just like some reforms, to the situation in the job market -it is not good and will continue to worsen, especially with the increase of consumerism. Jan Krzysztof Bielecki stressed that the greatest value for Poland is uninterrupted economic development.

Constructive negotiations with the Trade unions concerning on the issue of limiting privileges are possible – agreeded the participants of the discussion “Mining and Energy – Towards Effective Cooperation”. According to Janusz Steinhoff, the former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, the situation of the Polish mines is very hard: “it is not only caused by the dropping carbon prices. It is also an effect of a bad management and wrong political decisions”, he underlined. According to Janusz Steinhoff what is missing in managing mining sector is consideration of economic and geological circumstances.

According to Filip Grzegorczyk, CEO of Tauron, it is a very good decision that the Polish government has changed a general attitude that “carbon is bad”. “There is no point in definitely resigning from carbon. The point is to use law-carbon technologies and this is what makes the difference”, underlined Filip Gregorczyk.

Energy security of Poland and the whole CEE region was one of the issues discussed during the 2nd Industry Forum in Karpacz. Vice CEO of PGNiG Janusz Kowalski has mentioned that one year ago the company has announced that finalizing the second diversification project, which is the gas connection with Norway, is PGNiG priority.

“We named this project North Gate,” he said. “The priority for us is the construction of the Norwegian Corridor, which will complete the construction of the North Gate and will expand the functioning LNG terminal in Swinoujscie,” he  highlighted. In Karpacz several important economic declarations were made. Vice President of PGNiG informed that the decision regarding the Norwegian Gas Corridor, which will guarantee Poland’s energy security, should be taken in the first half of next year.

There were also debates on the development of transport. According to Michal Beim, member of the Board, PKP SA, Europe is not the most important reference of quality in the railway sector and some investments, e.g. in Asia, are noteworthy in the context of development priorities. ” We have to look at the Polish railways as a kind of bridge between the markets of Western Europe and the markets of the Far East,” he added. He also announced that the renovation program of PKP aims to take the Polish railways to such tracks that it qualitatively will take outdo  the West.

At the Industry Forum, the series of discussions “Aces of the Polish Economy” received much attention – Polish companies, which outgrew the category of medium-sized firms, but have not yet reached the level of international corporations.

Jadwiga Emilewicz, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Economic Development, stressed that the government’s dream is that the brand “Poland” would become synonymous with good quality. “Poland is well-known for its intellectual base, what helps building a positive image of the Polish economy. Our specialists are the reason, why Poland is attractive for international corporations”- stressed the Deputy Minister. She added that the government cares about the development of innovation and encourages foreign expansion of Polish start-ups.

The first day of the 2nd Industry Forum in Karpacz was crowned by an Evening Gala, during which the organiser, together with PKO Bank Polski SA, awarded the Company of the Industry Forum and the Institution of the Industry Forum.

The solemn gala was opened by a Member of the Council of Ministers, Elżbieta Witek, Head of the Political Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, and the Mayor of Karpacz, Radosław Jęcek.

CEDROB S.A., Poland’s larger meat producer,  has been awarded in the category Best Company. The Agency for Enterprise Development has been awarded for special contribution to increasing the competitiveness of Polish industry.

Partner of the Forum:

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Strategic Partner:

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. is among the top world’s largest producers of copper and silver with more than 55 years of experience in mining, smelting and refining. Beyond copper and silver, KGHM extracts molybdenum, nickel, gold, palladium and platinum and produces rhenium. The company’s production assets and projects are located on three continents. KGHM’s core operations are situated in Poland. The most significant foreign operation – Sierra Gorda mine – is situated in Chile. KGHM Group employs over 34 000 people.

PKO Bank Polski is the leader of the Polish banking sector. It has managed to regularly achieve high results while maintaining a conservative approach to risk. Its capacity for continual improvement has been its strength; enabling it to take full advantage of market opportunities. The Bank’s business rests on retail, corporates and investment banking. These combine concentration on customer needs and delivery of value through all available service channels.


Polowiec i Wspólnicy sp. j. specializes in legal services for entrepreneurs. Scope of services covers all aspects of business activity, including projects related to power sector, contracts, restructuring, construction. We have vast experience and expertise in business and strategic advice. We provide services both within the territory of Poland and abroad. We run offices in Kraków and Gliwice. We connect practice and science, members of our team are authors of many scientific publications.

Instytut Wolności (The Freedom Institute) is a politically independent think-tank. Our mission is to draw attention to the most important political topics in Poland by creating ideas and developing knowledge together with prominent politicians, businessmen and analysts.Our aim is to popularise these ideas using traditional and new media and to appeal to all the actors of the public sphere.

The Industrial Development Agency Joint Stock Company (IDA) is a state-owned company. It has played an important role in the transformation of the Polish economy by responding to the most vital needs of industry, saving thousands of jobs and modernizing large and medium-size enterprises. Today, within the Group of Polish Development Fund, IDA cooperates with key Polish institutions supporting entrepreneurs and provides solutions for current needs and business challenges.

ORLEN Group is a leader on the fuel and energy market, the largest company from Central and Eastern Europe, and the only Polish name among the prestigious Fortune 500. We operate six refineries and the region’s largest network of nearly 2,700 modern service stations located in Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany and Lithuania. We are also a leading producer of petrochemicals and, in an effort to develop our own power generation segment, we are building two CCGT units in Płock and Włocławek.

Gas Transmission Operator GAZ-SYSTEM is a strategic company for the Polish economy, responsible for the transmission of natural gas and the management of the most important gas pipelines in Poland. GAZ-SYSTEM is also the owner of Polskie LNG S.A., a company established to build the Świnoujście LNG terminal. As part of its 2015-2025 investment scheme, GAZ-SYSTEM is planning to build over 2,000 km of new gas lines in western, southern and eastern Poland.

Deutsche Messe AG – Every year, one country is spotlighted at the world’s biggest trade fair for industrial technology: HANNOVER MESSE. In 2017, Poland is being featured as the show’s official Partner Country. Polish industry stands out in many different sectors for its innovation and growth, which hold promise for companies and investors around the world. Poland is looking forward to its role as Partner Country at HANNOVER MESSE 2017 – and not only because Germany is its largest trading partner.

BitBay is a Polish cryptocurrency exchange with a global range that let’s its users to trade cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ether and Lisk. Right now BitBay is number one in Poland and number 12 worldwide when it comes to Bitcoin exchanges.  The platform was introduced to the market in March 2014. The biggest advantages of BitBay offer are importance of the security, professional help for the clients on each stage of platform usage and innovative services for deposits and withdrawals.

Somfy is the world leader in the motors and automatic controls for openings and closures of homes and commercial buildings. The company was founded in 1960 in Clues, France. Somfy is an international Group,  operates in almost 60 countries, with 114 subsidiaries and 51 offices and agencies across five continents. In Poland Somfy has existed since 1996. In 2014 in the Krakowska Special Economic Zone, Somfy opened a first manufacturing, and a year later new Eastern European Distribution Platform that provides products to customers across Central and Eastern Europe.

Avnet Technology Solutions is a global IT distributor . Avnet Sp. z  o.o. is a division of Avnet Technology Solutions in Poland since 1998 with a status IBM Premier Business Partner. It is the largest IBM value add distributor (VAD) and authorized distributor Hitachi Date Systems, Brocade, Wyse Dell, Lenovo, Mellanox, NetApp, QLogic, Veeam, VMware, Zimbra. More information:

The Regional Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Wroclaw has been operating for over 20 years, contributing to the sustainable development of Lower Silesia. Thanks to the financial support of the Regional Fund  it was possible to construct or modernization dozens of Wastewater treatment plants and over 7000 km of sewage and water pipe system. The priority now are: energy efficiency and renewable energy resources. The Regional Fund in cooperation  with the National Fund for Environmental Protection & Water Management (NFOSiGW) and with  15 others Regional Funds are creating financial system for the environmental protection in Poland.

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