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 http://www.epjakarta.com, where the Polish Business Club in Jakarta will hold its XXXVI Gathering.
Best regards,
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.

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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.

 

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Everybody had fun and new business connections were initiated.

I would like to thank once again our host the Eastern Promise Bar & Restaurant www.epjakarta.com, 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 www.epjakarta.com , 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 www.rednosefoundation.org , 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 http://2016.bravefestival.pl/ 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  dan@rednosefoundation.org

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.

Cheers,

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:

www.grandpasmokery.com       www.beaconesia.com           www.itsecasia.com         www.salutario.com
www.iconillumination.com        www.kania-cemerlang.com    www.satterwardgroup.com   www.willhelmsen.com/shipsservice       www.asiantigers-mobility.com   www.emedialab.com                     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:
CHAND GARDEN
(Fez Kemang Rooftop)
Friday December 18th 2015
Doors open 7pm, starts 9.30pm
ONLY Rp200,000 per person
Text 0821 1194 3084
Email info@jakartacomedy.club
See you in the New Year!
Andrzej
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 www.epjakarta.com, for giving us once again perfect service and serving delicious food. Thank you EP.

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The following companies were present :

www.jakarta@trade.gov.pl       www.polindopartners.com   www.itsecasia.com   www.limabintang.com   www.SantaFeRelo.com

www.crownworldmobility.com   www.posterscope.com   www.mpm-rent.com   www.carry-your-heart.com   www.hartrodt.com

www.kania-cemerlang.com   www.piotrjaniw.blogspot.com    www.bp.com/indonesia       www.jshotcoffee.com       

www.shieldssecurity.com   www.kopexcontractors.co.id    www.lux4home.com     www.salutario.com

As you know from my previous reports, we have recently been struggling with securing a sponsor, but that night the Santa Fe Relocation Services  www.SantaFeRelo.com  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 www.SantaFeRelo.com  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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Cheers,

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 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

Report from the XXII Gathering

Report from the XXII Gathering

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

 

First of all, I would like to apologize for this late report, but as most of you know I am already on my annual holiday in Poland and my working energy is focusing mostly on recharging.

Before I start my report from our last (the 22-nd) Gathering, I would like to announce with big pride that we are back into our charity actions. Because of the popularity of the Polish Vodkas WYBOROWA & ZUBROWKA served during our gatherings, PBC donated one bottle of each to the fund raising organized by the Rotary Club Cilandak  www.rotaryclubcilandak.com. The skills of the auctioneer ( Mr. Mark Atkins the General Manager of the Kristal Hotel ) helped to rise totally 9 million rupiah ( 3 mln Wyborowa & 6 mln Zubrowka ) during the last two auctions.

Just to remind you, since January 2014 our Club managed to raise directly or indirectly 10mln + 10mln + 22.5mln + 9mln = 51.5mln for the same cause – helping unprivileged children of Indonesia.

I would like to thank all of you who have even in a smallest way taken part in those auctions.

Planning our 22-nd gathering we focused only on our venue, and of course on the food and service. All of it has been perfectly delivered by our host, The Ritz Carlton Kuningan      www.http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Jakarta/

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The poolside was fantastic, buffet meal delicious, and service at the highest level.

Thank you once again.

I would like to thank the management for giving our members 25% discount for the ASIA Restaurant and 15% for TEMPUS Night Club.

Planning our 22-nd gathering we forgot that on that date was the 26th anniversary of the first free elections in Poland. On the 4th of June 1989, 45 years after the end of WW2, Poland experienced for the first time the free elections www.en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_legislative_election,_1989

For some of us, especially for the Polish guests, that night had double format to enjoy.

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We had two bottles of wine donated for the raffles draw by Society Wines represented by our friend

Sunil and two free meals delivered by Everyday Chef and donated by our member Dan.

63 guests, including the Polish Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr. Tadeusz Szumowski, tried to build up new social and business relationships. Out of this number, 22 people joined our gathering for the first time and I felt at the end, that most of them will join us during our next gathering as well.

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Mark your calendar on the 3rd of September for the next gathering. The venue will be announced later.

To summarize, we are very happy that our Club is being recognized by more and more professionals based in Jakarta, and all of them and their friends are very welcome to join us in September.

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For those of you  who could not make it this time (4th of June), the companies below were present:

www.dzakarta.msz.gov.pl             www.jakarta.trade.gov.pl             www.polclub.biz

www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Jakarta          www.kopexcontractors.com        www.epic-technology.com

www.itsecasia.com         www.ptsupramatic.com                www.menarapeninsula.com

www.mpm-rent.com                      www.limabintang.com                  www.fm7hotel.com

www.chiroindo.com        www.viptravel-jakarta.com          www.bolsson.com               www.SantaFeRelo.com

www.thedendritegroup.com        www.epicureasia.com    www.kemanaservices.com

www.vmlqais.com           www.telstra.com             www.geoox.dk                 www.nordfinas.com

www.intership-indonesia.com     www.accorhotels.com/asia         www.citasys.com

www.poncoss.com          www.maintama.com      www.emedialab.net        www.kellys-express.com

www.hartrod.com           www.lavinta.com             www.concord-consulting.com     www.raywhite.com

www.asiantigers-mobility.com    www.shieldssecurity.com             www.dreamtrips.com    www.elemental-technology.com

With best regards from Poland,

Andrzej / Andy

Report from the XVII Gathering of the Polish Business Club

Report from the XVII Gathering of the Polish Business Club

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

On this occasion I would like to report to all of you, that we have entered into the fourth year of our activity.


 

 It was the last week of August 2011, when Natalia, Marek and myself together with our closest supporter, the First  Counsellor of the Trade and Investment Promotion Division, Mr. Roman Morawski,  paid an introductory visit to our Polish Ambassador, at that time Mr. Grzegorz Wisniewski.

A few weeks later, on the 21st of October 2011 we held our first gathering at the Marush restaurant at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Twelve of our members together with 12 visitors from Poland started business networking under the name of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.

Almost three years and sixteen gatherings later, we can summarize our activity with the following facts:

        115 signed in members,

       14 nationalities,

        46 lines of business represented,

        our gatherings taking place in Maroush, Eastern Promise, Turquaz, Murphy’s, Molly’s Malone, the KOI and the JV. Marriott,

         over 800 professionals joined us for our gatherings,

       over 4000 people visited our official website www.polclub.biz during over 5000 sessions, with 42 % of them from Indonesia, 20,5 % from Poland, and the rest from other countries.

In October 2012 we signed a sponsorship agreement with Asian Tigers Mobility, a provider of international relocation solutions,  www.asiantigersgroup.com , and since then they have been sponsoring each of our events.

In October 2013 we signed with Qatar Airways Indonesia an agreement for a corporate deal for our Club Members to buy tickets for their trips to selected cities in Europe. We are about to extend this agreement, so those of our members who are interested in using Qatar Airways services on the route Jakarta – any city in Europe and get special deals, please contact me directly.

Recently we received for our members an offer of 10% discount from Emirates, for any flight from Jakarta to any of their direct destinations. If you are a Member of our Club, please contact me for details of this offer.

I would like to remind you that the membership to our Club is 500,000 Rp a year for which you will get over 30% discount of the entrance fee for our gatherings and you could place on our website your company’s logo with a link to your website free of charge. 

So far, so good, and I think we could carry on……..

Let’s go back to our last week’s gathering.

First of all, I would like to thank our member Michael Olsson, the owner of Shields Indonesia  www.shieldssecurity.com , for giving us reliable information about self security in this country.

Thank you, Michael.

I would like to thank our sponsor, the Asian Tigers Mobility www.asiantigersgroup.com for sponsoring that night with some extended volume of beer.

Thank you, Asian Tigers Mobility

I would like to thank the staff of the Eastern Promise Bar & Resto for giving us perfect service. Thank you once again.

 


I have always tried to be detailed with my gathering reports, and to carry on, I would like to give you some stats again:

        60 paid guests

        28 members

        24 Poles

        12 regular non member guests

        18 joining us for the first time

        3 new members signed in to become club members during our last Thursday gathering

                          

Trying to execute the habit of bringing your name card to our gatherings, as the networking event idea requires. We are proud that the following companies were part of our event:

www.nischeplacements.com       www.kellys-express.com               www.mwgroup.net

www.mpm-auto.com      www.eskimo-hvacar.id                  www.shieldssecurity.com

www.bmolsson.net         www.dbschenker.com             www.polclub.biz      www.sibschool.com

www.tower-bersama.com            www.prodigylearningcenter.co.id              www.thepermithouse.com

www.mollysjakarta.com               www.micromine.com     www.kopexcontractors.com               www.lavinta.com

www.senoedhie.com      www.eurocham.or.id               www.dzakarta.msz.gov.pl/           www.mpm-rent.com

www.asean-iprhelpdesk.eu                www.nexus-w.com          www.joyintermedia.com

www.salutrio.com           www.cocoaindonesia.com           www.lux4home.com

www.karyamandirilestari.com     www.rhodiumoak.com          www.youripinsider.eu

 

To cut it short, I would say, another fantastic gathering!

Cheers,

Andrzej / Andy

 

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