Investments within energy and infrastructure sectors were the subject of the virtual conference "Why Poland now? Attractive destination for energy and infrastructure projects!" organised on 3 March 2021, by the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) and the Polish Embassy in Tokyo, in cooperation with Keidanren, JETRO and Shokokai. Polish - Japanese event was followed by nearly 500 people online.
The aim of this online meeting was to deepen partnership and seek for innovation within strategic areas - energy and large infrastructure projects. The first part of the meeting was opened by the Polish Investment and Trade Agency Board Member, Grzegorz Słomkowski, followed by, among others: Prime Minister of Poland-Mateusz Morawiecki, Special Advisor Mr Minoru Kihara, who presented a message from Prime Minister Suga; HE Paweł Milewski, Polish Ambassador to Japan. There were presentations from representatives of JETRO, Keidanren, Toyota Motor Corporation, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Industrial Bank of Poland, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Ministry of Infrastructure and Polish Economic Institute.
The event was organised on the anniversary of Polish Prime Minister to Japan. The head of the Polish government said that Poland is a country of opportunities and that foreign entrepreneurs can count on professional and comprehensive local advice. Prime Minister Morawiecki emphasized that an important component strengthening Polish-Japanese ties is the Free Trade Agreement signed between Japan and the European Union.
The participants of the virtual conference agreed that energy is one of the most promising areas of cooperation between Poland and Japan. The Minister of Climate and Environment, Michał Kurtyka mentioned the fact that Poland is open to further tightening ties with Japan in the energy sector.
“The energy transformation, in line with the requirements of the EU policy, is the greatest challenge, but also an opportunity for the economic development of Poland. Under current Covid-19 pandemic crisis, we treat the energy transition as a pillar of the economic recovery strategy, and therefore we also hope for cooperation with Japan. Poland welcomes recent commitment of the Japanese Prime Minister on achieving climate neutrality by 2050“, said Michał Kurtyka.
In the second networking part of the conference, the representatives of Polish and Japanese business had a unique opportunity for virtual meetings with a wide group of potential partners, clients and investors, to establish and maintain business relations and to discuss plans for potential cooperation. Moreover, it was an opportunity to inquire about the concrete cooperation opportunities offered currently by the infrastructure and energy sectors.