12 Feb Report from the XX Gathering
Hello Members and Friends of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.
Last Thursday we hosted our 20th gathering.
As part of Jakarta’s business community over three and half years, we managed to sign in over 130 members from 15 different nations and were able to welcome almost 1000 guests to our networking gatherings. Our gatherings were taking place in well known expat hangouts and we will be happy to expand and keep our standards at the highest level.
Last Thursday at the Eastern Promise www.epjakarta.com was a very unique one, with many pleasant and at the same time unexpected actions
It was not only the number of guests who turned up, although there were other evening gatherings taking place in Jakarta, but that we are keeping for the last few meetings an average attendance of nearly 60 guests.
Looking at the “database” proved by the cork board we supplied at the EP, representatives of the following companies joined us that night (I include only those who have website addresses on their name cards ):
www.polclub.biz www.jakarta.trade.gov.pl www.dzakarta.msz.gov.pl www.eurocham.or.id www.eibn.org www.hartrodt.co.id www.sharefoundation.co www.kopexcontractors.co.id www.santafero.com www.kellys-express.com www.telstraglobal.com www.akitg.com www.ciputraartpreneur.com www.vmlqais.com www.emedialab.net www.ptbms.net www.veris-consulting.com www.whatsnewjakarta.com www.whatsnewbali.com
Based on our 20 gatherings’ experience and my observations at other events, this time I decided to express my personal opinion about the behavior of some of the attendees at any business-related gathering, official diplomatic function, art exhibition or even friendly party night, who show little or no respect to the presenters, announcers or even the private party hosts by continuing their chats with the person next to them at the same time an official speaker or presenter has the floor. My private opinion…….SHAME ON THEM.
Imagine yourself up at the front of an audience, trying to present your best prepared or just routine speech, being disrespected by a bunch of individuals, who every day call themselves “professionals.” You probably even do make these presentations on a regular basis. Do you like it when people talk while you’re presenting?
My general message that night was…….. SHOW RESPECT to our speakers and LISTEN to the presentations.
Yes, we had two presentations, delivered that night with complete silence in the audience and I think all of our guests enjoyed it because they all could hear it. Thank you all!
The First Secretary of the Trade & Investment Promotion Division of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland Tomasz Pietka presented:
Poland – the right course of action
A short presentation on Poland’s economy, trade and investment relations with Indonesia and plans of Trade & Investment Promotion Division of the Embassy of Poland in Jakarta for the year 2015.
Just before the scheduled presentation, the First Counselor of the Trade & Investment Promotion Division, to my big surprise and even bigger satisfaction, unexpectedly presented to me an official letter, supported by the Polish Ministry of Economics, appreciating the activity of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta in the field of building a solid relationship in business ties between Poland and Indonesia.
Acting as a non-profit organization, trying to establish and create a relationship based on our personal business contacts, Natalia, Marek and myself ( the board of the Club ) were stunned, since we have never been looking for or expecting any recognition from the Polish Government regarding our activities.
On behalf of Natalia and Marek and myself, a big thank you to the Polish Government.
The other part of the evening included a presentation by a member of our Club, who also responded voluntarily to promote his company during our event. Graham Garven, the Partner of www.vdb-loi.com , gave us a presentation titled “Tax Advisor?! In Indonesia?!”: a brief outline of the Indonesian tax environment and how to comply. Those of you who have a second thought how to do it, visit the website www.vdb-loi.com , see the attachment, or contact Graham directly.
Thank you Graham for the presentation, and also I would like to thank your Company for sponsoring our Club with a “magic keg of beer “.
Coming to the end of my report, on behalf of Natalia, Marek and myself, I would like to extend big thanks to all of our Club supporters, regardless of nationality, for supporting our Club, which is an independent non-profit business-oriented networking organization.