Strengthening effectiveness and efficiency of services and developing
a common professional platform that helps providing comprehensive and coordinated support for domestic and foreign investors are some of major goals of the Letter of Understanding made by the Westpomeranian Region
and Kostrzyn-Słubice Special Economic Zone S.A. The document was singed
on Wednesday 7th September in the Teleyard plant, the first investor
in the Szczecin sub-zone.
Cooperation between the Kostrzyn-Słubicke Special Economic Zone and the region started in 2003-2005 with the Goleniów Industrial Park and then developed gradually. Since that time, some of locations that joined in included Barlinek, Karlino and Szczecin, the capital of the region, which at that time did not have its economic zone. The last one to join the group was Gryfino. We have developed strong links
and trust between partners. I believe that our joint activity, promotion and listening to the needs of investors will attract buyers for several hundred hectares of land
in West Pomerania fitted with infrastructure and enjoying excellent locations. Investors are expected to strengthen the economy of the region, said Marshal Olgierd Geblewicz.
The Letter of Understanding made between the Westpomeranian Region and Kostrzyn-Słubice Special Economic Zone S.A. aims at tightening cooperation focusing on business and investment promotion of the region. The scope
of partnership defined in the LoU includes creating conditions supporting
the development of infrastructure at investment sites in the region, promoting regional investment opportunities in the country and abroad, as well as participating in investment exhibitions and fairs and organizing investment missions.
The parties also aim at supporting the development of vocational education
in the region tailored to the needs of the labor market, as well as implementing
a joint economic policy to attract innovative companies representing the high-tech sector and R&D. An important goal of the Partnership is to strengthen the export potential in companies based in the Westpomeranian Region, e.g. by participating
in business and investment missions. The signing of the LoU is going to be followed by developing of a joint system supporting investors, a system which utilizes
the potential of local governments and business institutions.
We already have a number of successful achievements. One of them is the company hosting this meeting which will soon expand its business, said Krzysztof Kielec, President of Board at the Kostrzyn-Słubice Special Economic Zone S.A. This Letter
of Understanding highlights our effort to create possibly the best opportunities
from a marketing point of view. We share the same interests and believe
in the synergy effect. We are going to cooperate better than ever, he added.
Christopher Mass, CEO at Teleyard Sp. z o.o., said: I know that the Westpomeranian Region and the Kostrzyn-Słubice Special Economic Zone have been developing successful cooperation. The mere fact that they sign this Letter of Understanding means that the reality is ahead of the administration. And it is a very good sign.
A party to the LoU is the Kostrzyn-Słubice Special Economic Zone, one of 14 special economic zones in the country established in September 1997. The Zone includes several locations of total area in excess of 1868 ha (West Pomerania, Lubuskie
and Wielkopolskie). Until today, the Zone produced 300 permits and the value
of investment made by companies exceeded PLN 6.6 bn, which translates into more than 31 thousand jobs.
In the Westpomeranian Region, the Zone has 11 sub-zones in towns of Karlino, Barlinek, Goleniów, Gryfino, Białogard, Łobez, Nowogard, Pełczyce, Szczecin, Dębno, and Kamień Pomorski. Twenty five permits have been issued for those sub-zones and companies invested over PLN 1.1 bn and employed more than 3 thousand people. Some of the Goleniów based companies operating in the zone include Abena, Akala Faraone, Chemical Alliance Polska, GDR, Gryfitlab, HG Poland, LM Wind Power Blades, Nafa, Pol-Glass, Rasch, sia Abrasives and Technologie Tworzyw Sztucznych. The Goleniów Industrial Park still has over 20 hectares of land available covered by the incentive scheme.