Full name: Republic of Poland Capital: Warsaw Population: 38 million Surface area: 312 700 km2 Official language: Polish Currency: Polish złoty (PLN) (1PLN~ 0.25 USD)
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
The Foundation was inspired by the great potential for development of cooperation between Poland and African countries. 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 matter 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 in the nineties. Polish entrepreneurs who went through the period of economic transformation have a lot to offer 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 economic exchange, but also in terms of cultural exchange. We believe that in order for a significant shift in Polish-African relations to occur, there must first be a change of perception of this continent. For this reason our work not only focuses on business activities, but we are also eager to participate in and create projects with an 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. She has studied matters relating to African countries for more than ten years. Her experience stems from continuous cooperation with both non-governmental and business institutions, including the coordination of the Economic Mission of Polish entrepreneurs and members of parliament to Ethiopia. Currently lives in Ghana where she represents Polish companies and supports 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
Owner of the consulting company WILLIAMS, graduate of Berlin University of Economics, and lecturer at the IBD Business School in Warsaw. He is a manager with many years of experience in key positions, including as General Director of the Red Cell marketing agency or Business Development Director of a TV company Endemol. Since 2014 he is involved in the Polish-African commerce focusing on Angola and Mozambique.
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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