Officially began operations Polish-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the Chamber is to stimulate economic cooperation between companies from both countries.
President of the Chamber was one of the initiators of its creation, the former energy minister in the government of Lithuania, Jarosław Neverovičius. “Together with our members and partners, we want to exploit the potential of cooperation between Lithuania and Polish, support them in their business development. The single European market and the new financial perspectives of the European Union has opened up great opportunities for joint projects. We are glad that on Friday in the Lithuanian parliament held its first event, to which the organization could contribute. I mean “Energy Dialogue in the Parliament” – a seminar, which discussed issues of common European energy market and the idea of the Energy Union “- says Neverovičius.
,,Lithuania is a country very interesting for Polish business. Few people know that the export of Polish Lithuania is 40 percent. greater than Polish exports to China. Poland is one of the largest foreign investors in Lithuania. Create business opportunities and investments realized good for European conditions, the pace of economic growth, “- says Piotr Hajdecki, executive director of the Chamber, who before joining the Chamber worked as Secretary of the Department of Trade and Investment Promotion Polish Embassy in Vilnius.
Polish-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce will collect for its members informed about upcoming and ongoing investment projects and business opportunities in both countries, represented the interests of member firms, and also participated in the creation of favorable conditions for trade and investment. The Action Plan of the Chamber is, inter alia, the organization of events and business conferences.
Among the initiators and founders of the Chamber were – FIMA Poland Sp. z oo, a law firm DJBW from Warsaw, Sygnity SA, as well as v. Arthur John Wozniak, CEO of AB “Klar Glass Lietuva”. In Lithuania – Jaroslaw Neverovičius, a former energy minister of Lithuania, a private equity investment group “Žabolis Partners” law firm VARUL from Vilnius, AB “Kauno dujotiekio statyba”, JSC “Laktopolis”. Interest in joining the Chamber declared the next group of companies.
According to the Polish Ministry of Economy, Polish exports to Lithuania last year amounted to EUR 2.3 billion, at the same time Poland imported from Lithuania goods worth 1.1 billion euros. Polish exports to Lithuania was relatively small in the past year, five times larger than the great Polish exports to India and Kazakhstan and 2.5 times greater than the vast Canada.
Ends built power link between the two countries, talks about the construction of a gas connection. New source of business opportunities in Lithuania is supported by the Lithuanian government building renovation program multi – this large-scale program creates opportunities for manufacturers of building materials and construction companies.
Tłumaczenie by Michał Sadowski w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Michał Sadowski within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.