Full name: Republic of Poland Capital: Warsaw Population: 38 million Surface area: 312 700 km2 Official language: Polish Currency: Polish złoty (PLN)
After the fall of communism, at the beginning of nineties, Poland chose a path of economic liberalization that entirely transformed the country’s economy and led to a significant increase in economic growth. Over the past 30 years Poland has substantially developed its industry placing it in a highly competitive position on international markets. Poland is the 6th largest economy in Europe and the single largest economy in Central Europe. It is part of the European Union and Schengen Zone. Polish products are of the highest quality and benefit from very competitive prices. Key Polish exports include furniture, foods, motor boats, light aircrafts, hardwood products, casual clothing, shoes and cosmetics. Other notable exports include highly diversified machinery.
Principal Polish investments in African countries include the construction of marine structures (Nigeria, Angola), IT systems implementation (Ethiopia), investment in the chemical industry (Senegal), establishing tractor assembly plants (Ethiopia, Tanzania)), investment in gold mining (Namibia), civil engineering programs (Rwanda) and investments in brewery sector (South Africa).
Polish companies have a competitive edge in, but are not limited to, the following key sectors:
agricultural, processing and construction machinery
real estate development
doors and windows
clothes, shoes, and cosmetics
FOUNDATION FOR DEVELOPMENT OF POLISH-AFRICAN COOPERATION
Foundation for Development of Polish-African Cooperation
Currently, many states of the African continent are in the process of significant economic growth that could lead to groundbreaking changes in the position of this part of the world when it comes to international power relations. Unfortunately, not enough is being spoken about this process in Poland and not enough is being done to improve relations with this continent. It is our mission to reverse the concept of a „basketcase” Africa, plagued by poverty and despair. We focus, instead, on promoting and contributing to the continent’s huge potential for development. The economic situation of many African countries nowadays is often compared to Poland’s economic transition in the nineties. Polish entrepreneurs who went through the period of transformation have a lot to offer to partners from this part of the world, not only in commercial terms but also when it comes to sharing their unique experience.
We are conscious that this great potential lies not only in an economic but also in a cultural exchange. We believe that in order for a significant shift in Polish-African relations to occur, there must first be a change in perception of this continent. For this reason our work focuses not only on business activities, but we are also eager to participate in and create projects which aim to positively change the way this part of the world is perceived.
Founder and President of the Board
A graduate of African Studies and Development Studies at the University of London and a photographer. Her experience stems from continuous cooperation with both non-governmental and business institutions, including coordination of the Economic Mission of Polish entrepreneurs and members of parliament to Ethiopia. Spent 2 years in Ghana where she represented Polish companies and supported non-governmental organisations.
Dr Nagmeldin Karamalla-Gaiballa
Chairman of the Committee
Sudanese poet, translator, writer and business analyst. Member of the Advocacy Committee of the African Community in Poland. Obtained his PhD in Political Science and Government from the Institute of Political Science and European Studies, University of Szczecin, Poland. He received his Master degree in Economics (Finance & Banking) in 1995 from Wroclaw University of Economics, Poland. His specialty and interests are in the area of development, resource economics and policy. He has published many papers in the field of political science and regional conflicts in Sudan.
Vice-Chairman of the Committee
Nigerian entrepreneur and activist. His main field of experience includes the export and import of food products. Currently working closely with Nigerian extraction mines, farmers, food processing plants and furniture importers facilitating trade exchange between Nigeria and European Union countries. He’s also the founder of the Functional Youth Alliance – an organization that aims to get troubled youths involved in social work.
Member of the Committee
Art historian, museum exhibit designer and curator of Castle Cultural Centre in Poznań. Engaged inter alia in cooperation with the exhibition „We are all migrants” at the Ethnographic Museum in Toruń and with the organisation of the EthnoPort Festival in Poznań.
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