06 Nov Chairman’s Report: October 2014
I would like to share with you some info related to our Club activity in October 2014.
At the beginning of October, from the 2nd to 5th, together with my wife Beata, I visited UBUD, Bali, during the 11th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.
Over 150 writers from more than 25 countries participated in discussing global issues and sharing ideas as well as their great stories under the theme Saraswati: Wisdom & Knowledge.
My personal attention was directed to one of the guests:
Adam Michnik, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Michnik , editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, the first independent newspaper in Poland. He is also the co-founder of Committee for Defence of Workers, and a member of the first non-communist parliament.
“A former dissident who spent six years in prison, Adam Michnik has recorded the shifting European political aspects for four decades and shared with his audience forecast for Europe in lights of Putin’s recent incursions”.
The Polish community in Bali is smaller than the one in Jakarta, but during two presentations given by Mr. Michnik nearly 25 Poles attended, including Jakarta-based His Excellency Tadeusz Szumowski the ambassador of Republic of Poland in Indonesia, my wife Beata and myself.
Some of us even took some pictures with the famous Polish visitor.
On the 9th of October at the fashionable SKYE Bistro & Lounge, an E-Commerce Partnership Gathering was held, organized by Polish Foundation of IT Transfer “ SHARE” www.sharefoundation.co , in cooperation with our Club and under honorary patronage of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Jakarta. E-Commerce Partnership Gathering is an exclusive international networking event, providing a know-how exchange platform dedicated to E-Commerce professionals.
The Head of Trade and Investment Promotion Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Roman Morawski, opened the Gathering with the introduction of the Polish ICT Market in 2013.
After that, guest speakers from Poland representing the following companies:
- Share Foundation sharefoundation.co
- Joy Intermedia ASEAN http://www.joyintermedia.com/
- Brand24 http://brand24.net/
- Sotrender http://www.sotrender.com/
- OXL/Tokobagus http://www.olx.co.id/
talked about “Knowledge & technology transfer between Poland and Indonesia,” how “The anonymity of the online world media is unprofitable,” what are the “Best practices for social media marketing,” how “Social media: analyze, optimize, execute!” and how “Shaping consumption habits in Indonesia with online classifieds” can be done.
Patrons, supporters and organizers from left to right:
Mr. Roman Morawski – Head of Trade & Investment Promotion Section, myself, Natalia Sintadewi – Vice Chairwoman of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta, Michal Palma – President of SHARE Foundation, Jan Zajac – CEO of Sotrender, Tomasz Cholast – CEO of Joy Intermedia ASEAN, Tomasz Pietka – First Secretary of Head of Trade & Investment Promotion Section, Marek Bialoglowy – Vice Chairman of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta, Michal Sadowski – CEO of Brand24,
The guest speakers from Indonesia were the founders and co-founders of the following companies:
- Zalora Indonesia http://www.zalora.co.id/
- Adskom http://adskom.com/
- Tiket.com http://www.tiket.com/
- Grupara http://gruparainc.com/official/
Over 100 guests enjoyed that Thursday afternoon mixed with professional speeches, delicious food, live music and a spectacular view, including a marvelous sunset seen from the 56 floor of the Menara BCA building in Central Jakarta.
On the same day in the morning, the 9th COSMOBEAUTE 2014, www.cosmobeauteasia.com,
the largest Beauty Trade Exhibition in Indonesia, opened in the Jakarta’s Convention Hall.
For three days over 230 companies from 17 countries exhibited latest trends ranging from skincare, cosmetics, slimming, health, aesthetics and beauty equipment.
Considering visible grow of exports of Polish cosmetics, which in the last few years has been increasing by 25% annually, the Trade and Investment Promotion Section of the Polish Embassy, representing 29 Polish companies, took part in this event. The Polish Business Club in Jakarta and the Polish Embassy also tried to show their support of the endeavor.
From the left to right: myself, Mr Igor Kaczmarczyk – Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Republic of Poland, Mr. Roman Morawski – Head of Trade & Investment Promotion Section and Mr. Tomasz Pietka – First Secretary of Head of Trade & Investment Promotion Section.
On the 16th of October we hosted our XVIII Polish Business Club Gathering.
Another success not only because of the excellent venue ( Eastern Promise Pub & Restaurant http://epjakarta.com/ ) , delicious food and service, but also the number of attendees.
Once again over 60 people from the following industries joined us that night:
Those of you who pinned your business card to our Famous Cork Board ( below ) have their companies listed above. Some of the guests had no websites included in their name cards that is why the number of name cards below varies from the links above.
The popularity of our Club is growing and 27 people came to our gathering for the first time, including 16 Poles. Two new members freshly signed up enlarge Club membership to 120 members.
To those of you who because of various reasons could not make it that night, I would like to introduce ALAM BAHASA Jogyakarta, www.alambahasa.com a unique Indonesian language school, which specializes in teaching expats, including diplomats, during their 2 to 8 week-long courses. They have joined our Club as 117th members.
During our gathering they gave a short presentation “Why we are the chosen one” to explain to our members that it is not only the 20% discount extended to our members that should interest us, but also the quality and methods of teaching they offer.
Their presentation, which included an interactive part with our guests, was very interesting and those of you who would like to learn or master Indonesian please have a look into the attachment for details about the Alam Bahasa promotion.
Thank you Swanny & Desy
Talking about discounts, for the time being we have finished our venture with Qatar Airways, but for the Club members and their immediate family who are interested in flying with EMIRATES there is a 10% discount on all of fares ex-Jakarta to all their on line destinations valid until the end of January 2015.
And for food connoisseurs, we have just received an offer of 10% discounts from Authentic Greek and Mediterranean Healthy Home Style Cuisine Gourmet Cafe EL GRECO , located at Setiabudi One , 10 % discount from The Ritz Carlton Pacific Place on food at Pacific Restaurant & Lounge and generous 20% discount from our member Pak. Adji, who is in charge of Anatolia, Maroush and Front Page restaurants. See the www.nomi-inc.co.id
To summarize another successful PBC Gathering, I would like to also thank our member Pak Sunil Melwani, for donating on behalf of the Society Wines two bottles of wine as the raffles prices, and of course our main sponsor that night, the Asian Tigers Mobility for sponsoring half of the beer.
Knowing that the month of December will be for most of you very busy attending different pre-Christmas parties, I would like to inform you that the Polish Business Club will be organizing its XIX Gathering on Thursday, the 11th of December.
Hoping to tap into your generosity before Christmas time, I will proceed with an auction of the Manchester United jersey autographed by some of the most famous former players of that club.
The starting price will be 10,000,000 Rp
As I have informed you some time ago, all of the money will be donated to the foundation run by Mr. Joseph Fush – www.iscofoundation.org
Until next time!
Andrzej / Andy