Report from December Gathering

Report from December Gathering

Dear Members and Friends of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta


This will be my last report this year and on this occasion I would like to wish you all the best in the coming year 2017.

Our last gathering which took place at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub in Senayan  secured us and our guests a pre-Christmas atmosphere. 30++ attendees enjoyed that evening with a lot of conversations, laughs, live music ( yes, the management of Molly’s surprised us with a live band ) and of course, the Christmas Edition of the Belvedere Vodka.


I think this short note will suffice for this time.   So……………………….…..
          On behalf of Natalia and Marek as well as myself.
Report from the XXVII Gathering

Report from the XXVII Gathering

Foremost, I would like to thank our host on that night, the Eastern Promise Bar & Resto , for once again perfect hospitality.

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That day (14th of April) was a very popular party day in the city, so because of several other functions happening we could welcome only 35 guests. Among them was the Polish Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr. Tadeusz Szumowski, with his wife Agata; the representative of the Polish Trade and Investment Promotion Division, Mr. Tomasz Piętka; and also the Founder and Executive Director of Red Nose Foundation , Mr. Dan Roberts.

As some of you might remember, during our last gathering we managed to collect 5,000,000 Rp to support 5 children from his foundation to go  Poland to take part in the International Brave Kids Festival by selling photos taken and printed by our friend Piotr –   PIOTRJANIW.BLOGSPOT.COM

This time we sold only 3 photos for 900,000 Rp, but with the help of our other member Rob Davies and his generous gift, the Red Nose Foundation could raise much more money for the same purpose.

Rob, who is a football memorabilia collector, has donated his limited edition framed poster called “Class of 68”.


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This is a certified limited-edition poster printed on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the European Cup Final, played at Wembley on May 29 1968, between Benfica Lisbon and Manchester United, and won by MU 4 : 1.

This poster shows the medal collected by winners and also autographs of: Alex Stepney, Pat Crerand, Brian Kidd, John Aston, Bill Foulkes, Tony Dunne, Sir Bobby Charlton, David Sadler, Shay Brewnan, Nobby Stiles, Denis Law and George Best who played that game.

I hope that the value of this is very high for football enthusiasts and the charity donation will even double or triple it.

If you are interested in donating money for Red Nose Foundation by buying this poster please contact directly Dan at

The moment we heard about Rob’s donation, this photo was taken as proof of the deal.

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from the left to the right: H.E. Tadeusz Szumowski, Rob, myself and Dan.

We had a fantastic time that evening with some new guests joining us at the EP Sports Bar for the first time.

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So, to continue our networking quality time, I would like to invite you to join us at our XXVIII Gathering of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.

See you at the next meeting on Thursday, the 26th of May, details to be included in email.


Andrzej / Andy

Report from the XXV Gathering

Report from the XXV Gathering

Hello Members and Friends of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.


Just a few days are left to the end of this year. The beginning of December is always very busy not only with preparations for a big holiday week or preparing for a trip to your home country but also with moving from one party to another party.

Also our Club celebrated on last Thursday its 25th gathering with almost 50 guests taking part in it, representing:                      and many other companies



The Warung Turki by Turkuaz happened to be a very good choice and all of us present there enjoyed that night, I presume.
Fantastic atmosphere, very delicious food and quite a unique venue gave us an unforgettable evening .

Big thanks to the owners Yanti & Sezai and also to their dedicated staff.

As  this was a pre-Christmas gathering, we decided not to have any business presentation but instead a unique dancing  presentation given by a Belly Dancer. Some of us were in the right mood at that time, ready to join her and also have some extra quality time.

There is nothing more to add, but to wish you ALL a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. And for those who will be in town this coming Saturday, I would like to invite you to a very unique STAND-UP performance organized by the Jakarta Comedy Club  given by our Polish friend Peter Szumowski ” one of the fastest rising stars on the professional international comedy circuit today! ”

Details Below:
(Fez Kemang Rooftop)
Friday December 18th 2015
Doors open 7pm, starts 9.30pm
ONLY Rp200,000 per person
Text 0821 1194 3084
See you in the New Year!
Report from the XXIV Gathering

Report from the XXIV Gathering

Dear Members and Friends of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.

It has been two weeks since we had our last gathering and I know I am quite late with my report. Ma’af.

We had a quite good time that Thursday but the number of our guests was lower that the regular 50 ++ guests as there were several other official functions in town that night. Our official count took us to 42 guests of whom 12 attended our Gathering for the first time.

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Before I start with the details from that event, I would like to thank once again our host, the Eastern Promise Bar & Resto, for giving us once again perfect service and serving delicious food. Thank you EP.

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The following companies were present :

As you know from my previous reports, we have recently been struggling with securing a sponsor, but that night the Santa Fe Relocation Services  presented to us an informative talk on ‘Property Management & Maintenance.”  Teddy Ragg, the Property Management Division Manager, introduced to us how the Company helps their customers.

Thank you Teddy and your company for sponsoring for us a “magic keg of beer.”

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If you would like to know more about those services, please visit  or contact me to get full soft copy pf the presentation.

Unfortunately the size of it ( over 5 MB ) was to big to be send to all of you in this email.

During that event I have shared with our guests the good news related to our Club’s founding partner, the Trade and Investment Promotion Division of the Polish Embassy in Jakarta, and the First Counsellor, Mr. Romuald Morawski.

In recognition of his services for the development of the economy of the Republic of Poland,  Mr. Morawski has been awarded a badge of honor for his contribution to the development of economy of the Republic of Poland.

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On behalf of our Club and its members, I would like to congratulate Mr. Morawski for his achievements and also to thank him for his contribution in promoting the Polish Business Club across all of the provinces of Indonesia, as evident in the photo compilation below.

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Coming back to our last gathering, our guests had fun as usual and three new members joined the Polish Business Club. Welcome!

As our gatherings become more popular within Jakarta’s community, I would like to help you plan your time in early December and remind you that our next Gathering will take place on the 10th of December. The venue is still to be confirmed. We are considering a distinguished venue for the pre Christmas Party, but….. we are looking for a sponsor to enable that night to be extra special.

At the end of my report, please forgive me for bending a little our rule of not directly promoting other organizations and their events, but as a lover of good beer and delicious cheese I can’t help but forward to you a message from INA – Indonesian Benelux Chamber of Commerce. INA is organizing the Belgian Beer and Dutch Cheese tasting, which will be held on Wednesday, 18 November 2015 at the Raffles Hotel Kuningan.

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Andrzej / Andy

Andrzej Jakubowski

Chairman | Polish Business Club in Jakarta




Post Summer Report

Post Summer Report

First of all I would like to apologize for this very late report, but as we say in Polish, “better late than not at all.” One of the reasons for that delay is that a few days after our gathering I was on my way to Poland.

 Our XXIII gathering hosted for the 12th time by the Eastern Promise Bar and Resto started our fifth year of activity. Officially, the Polish Business Club in Jakarta organized the first gathering in September 2011 at the Maroush Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Hotel and 26 guests attended that event, including 11 guests from the Polish Business Delegation. Four years and 22 gatherings later, almost 140 people from 18 different nations representing over forty different fields of business signed in as the Club’s members and over 1200 professionals attended our gatherings, with a rough average of 50++ per gathering.





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The XXIII Gathering of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta had a slightly different format. The Polish Ambassador, Mr. Tadeusz Szumowski, and his wife were our guests that night. During his short speech, Mr. Szumowski mentioned the cultural exchange between Poland and Indonesia this summer, with the offer of full post-graduate and doctoral scholarships in Poland to 26 Indonesian students.


Our universities and technical colleges will host Indonesian students who will study in Poland, for example Architecture at Cracow University of Technology, Mining Engineering at Wrocław University of Technology, Electronics and Information Technology at Warsaw University of Technology, Biomedical Engineering at Warsaw University, and many more.

Our second guest of honor was Mr. Romuald Morawski, the First Counsellor of the Trade and Investment Promotion Division of the Polish Embassy in Jakarta. In his short speech, Mr. Morawski pointed out the success of the relationship between his office and our Club, and also reminisced the first steps in establishing our Club four years ago with the help of his office.


That night was another success with almost 70 people in attendance. Great food prepared by chef Daniel, the presence of Żubrówka and Wyborowa and of course the attendance of fantastic people made for a fabulous atmosphere, with some guests leaving long after midnight.

My September trip to Poland involved attending the XVIII Economic Conference of the Polish Diaspora. This was my fourth time, and in my fourth presentation I talked about prospects of the Indonesian market and of course the role of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta in helping Polish and Indonesian companies in establishing business relationships (and by the way, there is a new company in town. PT. Pesona Mitra Indonesia, headed by our charming vice-chairwoman Natalia, specializes in helping Polish companies to start businesses in Indonesia. For more details please visit

Over 200 guests attended this three-day Conference in Warsaw and the city of Włocławek, including the Polish Foreign Minister, Mr. Grzegorz Schetyna, representatives of the Ministry of Industry, delegates to the European Parliament, and City Hall representatives of Włocławek.

Once again, this Conference showcased the interest of the Polish business-people, who are based in different countries around the world, in strengthening contacts to develop new businesses.





During that trip, courtesy of the Trade and Investment Promotion Division in Jakarta, I was invited to a dinner hosted by the Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Mr. Janusz Piechociński, on the occasion of the official visit of the Indonesian Trade Mission headed by the Minister of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Saleh Hasim.

The Polish side was represented not only by government officials from the Ministry of Economics and the Foreign Ministry but also by the representatives of the Polish companies willing to enter the Indonesian market. One of them was AQUA – LIFE, which is also a member of our Club and a producer of the water desalination equipment. During that dinner, I had a chance to talk with Mr. Saleh Hasim, introduced to him the role of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta, and also presented to him, on behalf of the Trade and Investment Promotion Division in Jakarta, a business directory published in Bahasa Indonesia and titled “Kenapa Polandia”.


Mr. Peter Gontha, the Indonesian Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Poland, in his official speech warmly welcomed the Polish Business Club in Jakarta as a bridge to a different format of business relationships between Polish and Indonesian businesses. I also presented the “Kenapa Polandia” publication to Mr. Gontha.


I had a chance to also talk to the Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Mr. Janusz Piechociński, who I had met two years earlier during the XVI Polish Diaspora Conference. He explained to me how important the signing of several memoranda is to the Polish Trade. Memoranda were signed in the field of engineering, transport, shipbuilding, development of infrastructure, including seaports and fishing, chemical, textile, energy, green technology and agri-food sector to ease the export of Polish products to Indonesia and to balance our countries’ negative trade deficit. You can read about the Memoranda at:  That event led me also to the follow-up visits to the Ministry of Economics and Indonesian Embassy where I learned more about the newly signed agreements.

Ending my long report, I would like to remind you that our Club’s next gathering will take place on the 20th of October 2015, and the place will be confirmed in my official invitation to be sent out in a couple of weeks.


Andrzej / Andy

Third Meeting of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta

Third Meeting of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta

Hello Members and Friends,

The third gathering of our Club, as you all know, took place last Thursday ( the 1st of March ) at Turquaz Resto in Senopati.

I would like to thank once again the owners of that place, Sezai & Yanti, for their fantastic hospitality that night. Delicious snacks with various beverages ( including Wyborowa ) resulted for all of us, I presume, in an enjoyable evening.

But not only that………..

For the first time, and I hope this will happen every time we meet from now on, we enjoyed two short presentations.

The first was done by Mr. Tomasz Piętka, the First Secretary of the Trade and Investment Promotion Section of the Polish Embassy in Jakarta, and was about trade cooperation between Poland and Indonesia and services offered by his office.

I think that many people present ( 33 to be exact ) were quite surprised with very positive data facts about Polish Economy and also found out that they also could seek some help from the Trade Section.

The second presentation was made by our guest, Mr. Michael Olsson, the owner of BMOlsson Group, who gave an overview of corruption, its types and methods, which can sadly be encountered while doing business in Indonesia. Mr. Olsson presented ideas how to react and sometimes easily avoid acts of pressure from corrupt officials representing the local government.

Before both presentations started, I officially welcomed two very important  members of our Club – the holder of the membership number 001, His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland,  Mr.Grzegorz Wiśniewski, and number 002, the Head of Trade and Investments Promotion Section, Mr. Romuald Morawski. We also welcomed another guest of honor, Mr. Jackob Friis Sorensen, the Chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce.

From left to right: Jackob Friis Sorensen, Chairman of the EuroCham; Michael Olsson from BMOllson Group; His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, Mr Grzegorz Wiśniewski; myself; Councillor, Mr. Roman Morawski; I Secretary, Mr. Tomasz Piętka.


Also present at the gathering were not only other members of staff of the Polish Embassy and the Commercial Section, but also many guests who attended our gathering for the first time – they were not only Polish citizens but also four Indonesians, one Indian, two Australians, one Dutch, one French, one Turkish, one Swedish and two Americans.

Talking about numbers, as I have informed you in my last report, we have surpassed the number 50 in our membership counting.

Since August 2011 we have registered citizens of:

Poland: 32

Indonesia: 9

England: 2

France: 1

India: 1

Australia: 2

Sweden: 1

Denmark: 1

Canada: 1


The total number of our Club members is growing and we signed up two more on that Thursday evening.

So what is going to happen next in our Club activity?

I would like to continue with business oriented presentations during our next gathering, which I am planning to have in the second half of April. If you have some interesting stories you have experienced doing business in Indonesia and which you would like to share with us next time in a form of a 10 minute presentation – please let me know.  I think we would like to hear something original and interesting and I know this generally happens to us, working in Indonesia, every day.


Another thing I would like to bring up is sponsoring for next gatherings. As I have already told you, we as a Club are a non-profit organization. All of the funds gathered from the memberships go to the daily handling of the Club itself (rent of office, permits, name cards, ect.) and in the major part, subsidizing our members’ fees during gatherings. We do not charge for promoting your company on our website ( 440 unique visitors so far ) and we also pay by ourselves for participating in other Clubs’ meetings as well.

In this case making another step forward in expanding the Polish Business Club activity, I would like to ask you (your company ) to consider partial sponsorship of one of our next meetings.

A keg of beer, a few bottles of vodka, maybe some food ( we could organize a buffet dinner ) or even door prizes  could be an option to make our gatherings interesting even further and also  attractive to more guests. In exchange I would publish/ send to all of the members a .PDF of promotional materials related to your company.

We still have more than 6 weeks to the next Club evening, so take your time and have look at some more pictures from Thursday night at Turkuaz.


Andrzej ( Andy  )
Chairman | Polish Business Club in Jakarta







Chairman’s Report: November/December 2011

Chairman’s Report: November/December 2011

Hello Dear Members,

The year 2011 is coming to the end and some of us probably have New Year resolutions and hopes for a better tomorrow. We would like to improve ourselves and come to the year 2012 with more prospects for business and of course stay in good health. This is what I wish you all sincerely.

The last six weeks, since my October Report, went rather quiet but with two pieces of good news for our Club.

The first one is: We have gone INTERNATIONAL……………

Our Honorary member the Counsellor of the Trade & Investment Promotion Section in Jakarta, Mr. Roman Morawski, at the beginning of December went with an official visit to Timor Leste.

Conducting  a seminar to promote Polish exports and investments, he also promoted our Polish Business Club.


As a result of that, the Chairman of the National Union for Small Enterprises, Mr. Francisco da Costa Cabral Lai, has shown interest to join the Polish Business Club in Jakarta as he is very interested in importing from Poland all sorts of commodities.

We also already have two Club members residing in Poland with some contacts with businesses in Indonesia,  and I am expecting two more to join us very soon.

We could also invite to join us the two to-date unidentified ladies in the photo below, who promoted the Polish Business Club in Timor Leste ;))) ……………………..why not? ;)))

The second wonderful news is the turn out for our second PBC meeting which took place at the Eastern Promise Pub on the 15th of December.

We had gathered 25 members and friends for our first meeting in September, but a record to-date of 45 people enjoyed that December evening together. This time not only some wives of our members supported our Club but also many distinguished guests from other business Clubs paid us a visit.

A strong Swedish contingent arrived of five gentlemen with  companions, led by the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Swedish Business Association, Mr. Per Brandt and Mr. Ake Lindstrom. The former Chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Michael Olsson with his wife was also there.

Mr Peter Vaunghan, the Executive Director of the Indonesia Norway Business Council, brought three guests with him. We had also French, British, Spanish, Australian, Indonesian, and Indian professionals with us joining the conversations and networking that night.

I would say that gathering was a full, memorable success.

Full promotion of Polish Business Club hospitality by its Chairman was recorded………………….

Pernod – Ricard, the owner of WYBOROWA vodka, can perhaps support us next time. Many WYBOROWA bottles were emptied to spread joy and Christmas cheer among the gathered members and guests.

At the end of my Report, I would like also to inform you that within 5 months of its activity the Polish Business Club in Jakarta already has 42 registered  members and I hope until my next report, the number will exceed a round number of fifty.

Once again I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Andrzej ( Andy ) Jakubowski
Chairman of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta


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