Programme of the VI Investment Forum Silesia
Silesia - new chances for investors
Rotunda at the International Trade Fair in Katowice
21st - 22nd June 2001

Thursday, 21st June

9.30 -10.00 Participants registration

9.30 -16.00 Exhibition of the investment offers of municipalities and counties accompanied by trade fairs of firms offering products and services

10.00 - 10.20 Forum opening and participants welcome:

1. Welcome and presentation of aims of the Forum by Mr. Jan Olbrycht, Marshal of the Śląskie Voivodeship
2. Speech given by Mr. Janusz Ogiegło, President of the Silesian Union of Municipalities and Districts, initiator of the Forum.
3. Speech given by Mr. Jan Hoppe, President of International Trade Fair in Katowice.
10.20 - 11.20 Conference - part I: Policy of the Government and the Śląskie Voivodeship towards investors.
1. Speech given by a representative of Deputy Prime Minister/Economy Minister concerning policy of the Polish Government towards investors.
2. Presentation given by Mr. Lucjan Kępka, Vice - President of the Board of the Śląskie Voivodeship, concerning economic potential and investment possibilities of the Śląskie Voivodeship in the context of the Development Strategy of the Śląskie Voivodeship.
3. Speech given by Mr. Bogdan Traczyk, President of Bielsko - Biała City and Member of the Union Board, concerning the policy of local government authorities towards investors.
4. Speech given by Markus Kicia from Haarman Hemmelrath Chamber Ltd. Tax and Legal Consulting Rechtsberatung Steuerberatung, concerning legal basis for foreign investors - Polish tax law and company law, property purchasing by foreigners.

11.20 - 12.00 Time for visiting stands (coffee break)

12.00 - 12.45 Conference - part II: the Śląskie Voivodeship as foreign investments' area.
1. 'Foreign investments in the Śląskie Voivodeship in comparison with the whole country', Mr. Paweł Kolas, Director of the Regional Cooperation Department of PAIZ
2. 'Katowice Special Economic Zone (KSEZ) - previous investments and a current offer of KSEZ Co.', Mr. P. Wojaczek, President of KSEZ Co.
3. 'High technologies - new image of the Śląskie Voivodeship: Silesian Silicon Valley'

12.45 - 13.15 Conference - part II: Experiences of foreign investors in the Śląskie
1. FIAT - speech given by Mr. Massimo Gentilini - President of Board of Fiat Auto Poland Co.
2. Mecalux - Mr. Rafael Trimińo, President of MECALUX Co.

13.15 -14.00 Lunch break

14.00-16.00 Theme parallel workshops (according to the following scheme: introduction, projects presentation, discussion, summary):
1. Needs and investment projects in the area of transport and logistic.
Moderation and introduction: Mr. L. Kępka, Vice - President of the Board of the Śląskie Voivodeship
2. Necessity to invest in development of high technologies.
Presentation of the main assumptions of the Draft of the Regional Innovation Strategy, with special regard to the Regional Centre of Innovation and Technology Transfer.
Moderation and introduction: Mr. J. Kania, Vice - President of GAAP.
3. Silesia: new possibilities for developers; tourism and recreation development.
Moderation and introduction:
4. Environment protection policy and projects in the Śląskie Voivodeship
Moderation and introduction: Mr. K. Trzewicarz - Director of the Environment Protection Department of the Marshal Office.


Friday, 22nd June

10.00 - 16.00 Visits of interested investors in municipalities and districts (time to be fixed)

On Thursday, on the MTK area, there will be also held a conference 'Economic Promotion of the Śląskie Voivodeship in the East' organized by Polish - East Association.