Report from the XXXV Gathering

Report from the XXXV Gathering

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

I would like to inform all of you who could not join us during our last gathering at the end of March, that it was our last meeting with our ambassador H.E. Tadeusz Szumowski and his wife Agata, who have already returned to Poland to enjoy their retirement from diplomacy.
During their almost four years in Jakarta, we experienced the very warm atmosphere created by both of them within the Jakarta expat community and will remember them as very good representatives of the Polish culture.
Both of them visited our gatherings many times and once again I would like to thank them for being with us.
Those of you who will be in Jakarta on the 18th of May,  please join us at the Eastern Promise Bar & Resto in Kemang, where the Polish Business Club in Jakarta will hold its XXXVI Gathering.
Best regards,
Andrzej / Andy
Report from the January 2017 Gathering

Report from the January 2017 Gathering

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

On behalf of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta, I would like to thank you all for your help in organizing and conducting the Saturday night (the19th of January) for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.

I would like to thank all those who came to our gathering and actively participated in our auctions and in rectifying the piggy banks.

This was a night of a great success and fun.

After gathering all the information on both the auction and donations and counting all the money (including those that are and will be paid directly to the account of the club) and the deduction of certain costs associated with the preparation of the auction we managed to raise for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity – 75,498,000 Rp.

I am happy and also proud that we were able to perform such a great feat together. Here is a message of thanks from the founder, Jerzy Owsiak:



For those of you who would like to join us during our next Gathering, please mark your calendar on the 23rd of March. The venue will be confirmed and the reminder will reach you about two weeks before that date. Thanks again see you in March.


Andrzej / Andy

Report from September & October Gathering

Report from September & October Gathering

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

I have been busy recently with traveling back and forth to Poland, so there was no time to create and send to you reports from our last two gatherings. I apologize for this and below I will try in a few words to recall to some of you who were present there and those who were not, that in September we started the sixth year of the activity of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.




On this occasion, I would like once again to thank the Trade and Investment Promotion Division of the Polish Embassy, the Polish Embassy, and of course you all for supporting us during those five great years.

I would like to thank all of you who introduced to us in a form of presentations interesting fields of Indonesians daily routine ( due- diligence, corruption, IT safety, travel, drinking water, charity, job recruitment, taxes, social work in Papua, housing services and of course Polish – Indonesian trade exchange reports) and also those who sponsored us from time to time with a keg of beer.

Thank you.

I would like to thank almost one and a half thousand guests who visited us during our 30 gatherings.

Thank you all.

Our last two gatherings ( XXXI and XXXII ) had not attracted many guests (25 average ) but the atmosphere as usual was fantastic. Once again our friend Sunil from the Society Wines donated two bottles of wine, and we also spared two bottles of Zubrowka to our Lucky Draw winners.



Everybody had fun and new business connections were initiated.

I would like to thank once again our host the Eastern Promise Bar & Restaurant, for hosting those two nights and for delicious food and professional service.

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

Chairman’s Report: August 2013

Chairman’s Report: August 2013

Dear Members and Friends of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.Vacation has already ended for some of us and it is time to start our networking activities.

Before I announce my plan for our next gathering, I would like to share with you some interesting events from my holidays. Before I left Jakarta, on behalf of our Club and in collaboration with the JIS IB English B Service Learning Project, we decided to improve the daily hygiene of one  hundred and fifty students who had been using two toilets in the condition as you can see below – and nowhere to wash their hands afterwards:

so we arranged a total renovation of those two bathrooms and today, two months later, they look like this:

The JIS IB English B students will be teaching the elementary Indonesian students some basic rules for washing hands after using a toilet, and we hope all of the students, big and small, will learn a lot from this experience.

Where did the money for this renovation and other assistance for the school come from? Some was raised by the students themselves, but it is not enough. As some of you might remember, last year I brought a jersey of the Polish National soccer team with the autograph of  its captain, Kuba Blaszczykowski ,  who is a key  player of Borussia Dotrmund.

We auctioned it for 4,750,000 Rp. – equivalent to the value of ten classroom size World Maps, sports equipment, English Picture Dictionaries and some stationery that was purchased for this elementary school.

Also this June, at my wife’s goddaughter’s wedding, I had a chance to again meet this wonderful person and to thank him for last year’s gesture. It gave me an idea to repeat last year’s auction following the same theme – soccer.

Thus, I would like to present to you once again, to auction off, one Polish National team jersey with Kuba Blaszczykowski’s autograph plus an official card with his picture, autograph, and some info about him.
The starting price will be 1,500,000 Rp,


Later in July I traveled to the UK ( London, Manchester, Edinburgh ) where I met some very interesting football fans. One of them was Andrew Dobinson, whose family welcomed us for two nights in St. Albans near London. While we were enjoying his home-made English Ale and exchanging football memories, when he heard about our last year’s auction, he generously donated some of his finest treasures to support the school charity project.

And here I am presenting to you:

–      for fans of Celtic Glasgow, I have a book called “Celtics Triumphant” by Ian Peebels, printed exclusively for the members of the Sportsman Club Book in 1968.

“I think this book will appeal to Scots, English, Welsh fans and anyone else who wonders how good Celtic really were in their greatest ever year. ” –  said Charles Patrick Tully

                                          99 pages and the starting price will be 500,000 Rp.

–   The official programme of Manchester United FC for the Charity Shield Challenge Match versus Tottenham Hotspur on August 12th, 1967.
                                             12 pages and the starting price will be 200,000 Rp.


–   The official programme of  Manchester United FC  versus Chelsea match on August 24th, 1968.

                                             12 pages and the starting price will be 200,000 Rp.

– The official programme of Chelsea Football Club versus West Ham United on September 21st,1968.

                                            20 pages and the starting price will be 200,000 Rp.

– The last one and the most colorful is the official programme of the FA Cup Final, playing Arsenal versus Manchester United on Wembley Stadium on the 12th of May, 1979.

48 pages and the starting price will be 500,000 Rp.

I hope that Football enthusiasts will not miss a chance to own some of those printouts, having also the satisfaction of helping one of the local Indonesian communities – an elementary school.

So be ready for the Polish Business Club meeting on Thursday September 5th and the auction.


The second highlight of my summer holiday was the participation in the XVI World Conference of the Polish Business People Living Abroad, taking place in June in Warsaw.
Over 200 business people from almost 20 countries ( USA, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, UEA, Kuwait, South Africa, Zambia, Moldavia, and many European countries congregated for the three days, enjoyed exchanging business information, andshared their experiences. I also got to play a part in it as well by giving a short presentation about business opportunities in Indonesia and outlining the activities of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.

Not only were the participants interested in Indonesia and our Club, but also Polish National Television TVP  asked me some questions related to our activities.


During that conference I made many direct contacts with other participants representing not only individual companies but also various Business Clubs.
Thus we are now connected with :

Fundacja Polonia,
Funfacja Polonia International,
European Business Club Association
Canadian – Polish Chamber of Commerce of British Columbia,
Polish Business Club UEA,
Poland – Germany Consult,
Polish – German Trade and Information Center,
Polish – American Chamber of Commerce of Florida and the Americas,
Business Centre Club – Chicago Lodge,
Israel – Poland Chamber of Commerce,
Polnishe Unternehmer in Nurnberg
 and many others.

I made a key contact for us by chatting with the guest of honor, the Minister of Economy, Vice Prime Minister, Mr. Janusz Piechocinski. I also presented to him some materials about the Polish Business Club in Jakarta and gave him a publication published by the Trade and Investment Promotion Division in Jakarta with information about investment opportunities in Indonesia.

Generally, during that Conference participants were looking for some ideas how to take advantage of our knowledge, experienceand geographical position to build up new businesses.

At the end of my vacation, with one of the Conference participants who was interested in investing in Indonesia’s Energy Sector, I visited the Indonesian Embassy in Warsaw. We met the new Minister Counsellor, Mr. Bambang Prihartadi, and the Commercial Secretary, Mr.Magnus Salaman Isfahani, and we discussed opportunities of business exchange between Poland and Indonesia.


And this is it as far as the “business” side of my vacation. Let’s move to more pleasurable events.
I would like to invite all of you to our next one, the XI Gathering of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.Following our good experience combined with perfect hospitality, the Eastern Promise Bar & Resto in Kemang,  will be our venue on Thursday, the 5th of September 2013.

We are inviting you there from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The entrance rules are the same as before:

200,000 Rp fee for the Club Member (whose wives/girlfriends pay the same amount)


300,000 Rp for non-members and their guests.

We will provide a buffet dinner ( Indian food ) , free flow of beer, red/white wine, soft drinks & mixers and some Polish vodka WYBOROWA.

Because we have some conditions related to the rent of the facility and services during our gatherings, please confirm, PLEASE REALLY DO CONFIRM your attendance by responding to this mail, to say that YOU ARE or that YOU ARE NOT coming (regrets are also important!).

Best regards to you all and see you on Thursday, September 5th.


Andrzej Jakubowski
Chairman | Polish Business Club in Jakarta

Chairman’s Report: October 2012

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


As the first year of our activities passed almost two months ago, I would like to focus in today’s report on some data closely related to our members and the fields of business they are connected with.

As of today we have 68 active and less active members in our Club ( “active” means taking part in our gatherings ) representing 11 different nationalities.

They are:

Polish                   44

Indonesian           10

British                    3

Australian              3

French                   1

Swedish                2

Norwegian            1

Turkish                  1

Canadian              1

Indian                    1

Danish                   1


Being a member of our Club, you have a right to place the logo of your company with a web link to your website on our official website, at absolutely no charge.

A few of you have done it already, but some not yet – please consider this option.


In our Invitation letter to join the Polish Business Club in Jakarta you can read:

“ ……………we would like to gather entrepreneurs, professionals and people with business connections with Poland    (or who would like to know more about business in Poland) for the purpose of networking, learning, business development and promoting business and investment not only between Indonesia and Poland but also other countries interested in self promotion.

To do this quote justice, I would like to further introduce to you the member companies.

We have 8 members from the Polish Embassy and the Trade & Investment Promotion Division.

Polish Honorary Councils based in Bandung, Surabaya, Medan are also members.

Eight companies based in Poland, which do not have Rep. Offices in Indonesia, are members of the Club. They are:


Lintar S.A.                                          –              mining equipment & technologies

Compensus sp.z o.o.                         –              underground mining equipment

Hal – Mar                                            –              metal constructions – hangars, factories

Asco-Asian Corporation                     –              general trading

Meritum                                              –              import of teak furniture

IB sp z o.o                                          –              developer, bicycle producer

Marcin Dolga Dobrakawa                   –              coffee supply


Seven companies are based out of Jakarta:


Alta- Teak                                          –              manufacturer of teak furniture in Solo

Go-BaliTours                                     –              travel agent in Bali

Baliluna Handicraft                            –              wholesaler of handicrafts in Bali

Santos Jaya Abadi                            –              coffee Kapal Api in Surabaya

Peritas Pondasi Teknotama               –              construction services in Medan

Hau Eboni                                          –              services in Balikpapan

Kramat Jati                                         –              bus transportation in Bandung / Jawa   


The rest of our members are based in Jakarta and they are connected with the following companies:


CaterKing                                          –              catering

Lux4home                                         –              stone products

Anatolia                                             –              Turkish restaurant

Arsi Labora Utama                            –              kitchen equipment for the hospitality

Asian Tigers                                      –              relocation

Beata A.                                             –              private

Towers Bersama Infrastructure          –              telecommunication

British Council                                    –              education & cultural relations

Bumar                                                –              heavy machinery

Capgemini                                         –              outsourcing

Danone Aqua                                    –              aqua water

Nutricia Indonesia Sejehtera             –              baby products

AGS Four Winds                               –              relocation

Front Page                                        –              restaurant          

Bispro Consulting                              –              business process management systems                   

FM Group Indonesia                          –              perfume producer / importer / distributor

CIFOR                                               –              NGO

Isabella                                              –              private

Imperium Capital                               –              wealth management consultancy                              

Midas Investment                              –              chemical waste

ITSEC Asia                                         –              information security firm                                                           

Beata M-J                                          –              private

Kania Cemerlang Sistem                   –              palm oil processing technology

Katarzyna S-T                                   –              freelance translator

Kopex Mining Contractors                 –              mining

Leo Burnett                                       –              advertising

Lima Bintang Int’l                              –              glassware from Krosno

Maroush                                            –              Moroccan restaurant

MKK                                                  –              law firm

Polglass Consulting                         –              glassware from Krosno

Provident                                           –              palm oil plantations

Rabani Corporindo                            –              coal mining

Roland L.                                           –              aviation

HM Sampoerna                                 –              cigarettes           

Scan Tech                                          –              gas exploration                               

Jangkar Laut Sejehtera                     –              shipping

Seno Edhi & Partners                        –              law firm

EPIC – AMT                                       –              fabric technology

Holcim                                               –              cement industry

Tokobagus                                        –              internet shopping

Turquaz                                              –              authentic Turkish kitchen

Veris                                                   –              due diligence, personnel screening


As you can see above, we have managed to gather a large variety of companies representing very different fields of business.

Those who have been here for many years have experienced a lot of situations, which might be very useful as examples for the newcomers.

As you can also see above, we could help you also with contacts related to your private life, like

travel, shopping ( handicrafts, furniture ), dining, relocation and law.


I hope that the number of our members will grow continuously to give us more chances and options for widening our networking and also to be able to develop a better understanding of the mechanisms of doing business in Indonesia.


Best regards,



Chairman’s Report: August 2012

Chairman’s Report: August 2012

Jakarta, August 2012

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

The Holiday is over (at least for me) and it is time to return to daily routines. Before I begin with the future activities and arrangements, I would like first to report to you all of the things that have happened in between my last report and now.

As you might still remember, most of us have been very enthusiastic about EURO-2012 taking place in Poland and Ukraine. Still in Indonesia, as I left for Poland on the 9th of June, I watched the opening match POLAND – GREECE with some of my Polish friends.


This was a very exciting evening for all of us but unfortunately POLAND did not win.

With the score 1:1 we moved to the next stage of the tournament with a lot of hopes, which turned out to be a big disappointment. Eight days later Poland finished last in the group and was out of the competition.

Nevertheless, this was a very exciting tournament with Spain taking the trophy.

I watched almost all of the games and with some of my Polish connections I have obtained a very rare trophy, which I would like to share with you.

This is an original shirt signed by the captain of the Polish National Team, Kuba Błaszczykowski, presently playing for Borussia Dortmund (Germany).

I asked for his autograph with the idea to use the proceeds from the sale of this shirt for charity.

I would like to sell it to the highest bidder during our Club’s next gathering (details will be announced later) and donate the money to the charity project “Hand by Hand Indonesia” my wife Beata is handling with her IB English B class at Jakarta International School.

The starting price will be Rp. 1.000.000.

Please think about it…….. That is all about soccer.


So that some may take their holidays, other keep on working hard…

In this case it was the Trade & Investment Promotion Division which on June 14 – 16 took part in  The 8th  Balikpapan Mining , Oil & Gas Expo 2012 where they promoted not only the Polish companies of the mining industry but also our very own Polish Business Club.

A warm thank you  to the Trade & Investment Promotion Division!

Another wonderful achievement of the Trade & Investment Promotion Division  is the publication of a broad information packet, indended to stimulate more interest among Indonesian importers and investors in business contacts with Poland.

The booklet is entirely in Bahasa Indonesia and a soft copy can be obtained at this link:,7811,Kenapa_Polandia.html

As you might remember, in my first report last year I mentioned my participation in the Global Conference of the Polish Business People living abroad.

This year the XV-th Conference was held in May, so I could not attend it. Instead, I sent an Open Letter explaining that the Polish Business Club in Jakarta had to skip this year’s event, but we are still interested in being part of it next year.

The response is below:


Generally, it says that the letter I sent was read out to the attendees of the conference at the opening session and was met with wide applause. President of the Club, Mr. Olszewski, is pleased that so far away in Indonesia Polish businessmen are organized in a club, meet together and are open to cooperation.

He comments that the joint knowledge about possibilities is an important step to broadening the market, which already seems boundless.

Mr. Olszewski extends his warm greetings to the members of the Polish Business Club in Indonesia.

Talking about contacts and networking, I would like to officially welcome our 58th member, Katarzyna (Kasia) E. Slobodzian-Taylor, who is a translator and interpreter of Polish , English, Dutch and French. Her CV is in the attachment. If you need some help in that field, you already know The Right Person, Kasia.

Next piece of news is sad – the departure of our friend, Sven Lundgren, a very active member of the Swedish Community in Jakarta and also a friend of the Polish Business Club ( he attended our last May gathering ).

Suffering from thrombosis and blood clots in throat and legs, he passed away on the 21st of July 2012 at the age of 69.

RIP Sven, we will miss you.


We are approaching the FIRST ANNIVERSARY of our Polish Business Club in Jakarta. On the 23th of August 2011, Natalia, Marek and myself visited the Polish Ambassador in Indonesia H.E. Grzegorz Wiśniewski, to introduce our Club and its independent activity. That is why we are officially counting our Club’s existence from that day.

On this occasion we would like to organize a gathering, which will have a slightly different agenda than in the past. There will not be any presentations, but we would like to introduce from now on a buffet dinner. Because of that, and since we have no direct sponsors (BTW, you all are very welcome to support us) the entrance fee will be 200,000 Rp for a member and 300,000 for non-member guests.

The price will guarantee a buffet dinner, FREE FLOW of beer, red/white wine, Polish Vodka and of course a GREAT atmosphere for networking from 19:30 to 22:00.

We are planning to have the next gathering on the 30th of August in the same place as before – at Eastern Promise Pub & Restaurant in Kemang –


With the second year starting, we need to collect the membership fees from our present members who wish to continue their membership with us.  Since individual membership start-dates spread over many days, 2nd year payments and beyond will be collected on a quarterly basis. Therefore, would those members who signed up within the first three months – until the end of November 2011 – memberships up to number 35 (visible on your membership card), please transfer the 500,000 Rp to the following account:

Bank Internasional Indonesia

No. Acc. 2.017.931325
CP Warung Buncit
Jakarta – Indonesia

for :

Perkumpulan Pebisnis Polandia

Just to remind you, we use the membership fees only to cover our basic office expenses (rent, name cards etc.), to subsidize our gatherings (members’ entry fee is not enough to cover the cost) and to take part in other Club and Association Gatherings to promote the Polish Business Club. Absolutely nothing else.

That is all for this time and see you on Thursday, the 30thof August.