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  • 6th Polish Jordanian Business Forum convenes

    Abeer Nouman
    AMMAN, Dec 07, 2009 (Jordan Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --

    The 6th Polish Jordanian Business Forum convened Sunday in a bid to increase the volume of trade and investment cooperation between the two countries.

    The forum hosted officials from Jordan and Poland, and representatives from 30 Polish companies and around the same number of Jordanian enterprises with their various products on display.

    Industry and Trade Minister Amer Hadidi, who inaugurated the forum, voiced hope that the gathering will yield fruit in enhancing bilateral relations, especially in the areas of investment and trade.

    Addressing the attendees, Hadidi highlighted the growth witnessed in Jordanian-Polish trade in 2008 compared to the previous year.

    Rafal Baniak, the deputy minister of economy of the Republic of Poland, said: "The Polish ministry of economy attaches great importance to Jordanian-Polish ties in all fields, especially economic cooperation."

    "Jordan is a very important partner of Poland", he said, adding that our cooperation shows possibilities that our countries can offer each other.

    Speaking at the forum, organised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Jordan Europe Business Association (JEBA), Piotr Wiesiolek, the deputy chairman of the National Bank of Poland, said: "In this time of crisis, working together is better than working alone."

    Several Jordanian businessmen were present at the forum to tap opportunities for joint ventures with Polish industries while some other Jordanian businessmen have already hammered agreements with Polish partners.

    Samer Al Sharu, the general manager of Natural Care, a Jordanian company specialised in natural care and health products, said his company has signed an agreement with the Golden Desert, a Polish enterprise, to become Natural Care's agent in Poland.

    Also Golden Desert, represented by businessmen Adam Cebula and Hayssam Obeidat, agreed with Sharu and Hazem Tamimi, who is general manager of Malls and Amusement Parks Consultancy, to set up an enterprise called "the Jordanian Polish Company for General Trade" at a capital of $1 million.

    The new enterprise will work in various fields, including consultancy and renewable energy, Sharu said.

    Underlining the positive economic aspects of Poland, chargA d'affaires of the Polish embassy in Jordan, Krzysztof Bojko, said this year Poland has been the only country in Europe observing a positive growth rate.

    Although Poland, like other world countries, has been affected by the global financial crisis, "the impact has been slight", Bojko said, adding: "Reforms implemented in Poland were behind the reduced impact."

    In addition to reforms, the past two-three Polish governments have done a lot, he said, noting that Poland enjoys a broad domestic market as it has a 40-million population.

    On cooperation with Jordan, he remarked, Jordan could be a very good partner, especially as the Kingdom has large potentials.

    Alongside the business forum, a large economic delegation from the Polish city of Lodz is currently visiting the Kingdom. The delegates are scheduled to meet with several Jordanian officials this week, the Polish chargA d'affaires told The Jordan Times.

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