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 www.epjakarta.com 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.

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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.


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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 www.polindopartners.com).

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.

 

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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 www.aqua-life.pl, 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”.

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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.

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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: http://www.mg.gov.pl/node/24925  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.

Regards,

Andrzej / Andy

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:

http://jakarta.trade.gov.pl/id/KenapaPolandia20122013/article/detail,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 –  http://www.easternpromise-jakarta.com/

 

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
SWIFT CODE:  IBBK ID JAK
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.

Cheers,

Andrzej