Activities Round Up

Date : 16 Jul to 16 Jul 2013
Place : New Delhi
Organised by : FISME

FISMEs Seminar on Opportunities for Indian SMEs in Poland


Part of the series of events Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME) organizes to expose Indian MSMEs to international trade, a seminar on ‘Business opportunities in Poland’ was organized with Polish Embassy in New Delhi. The seminar was addressed by H.E. Piotr Klodkowski, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Poland. 

Indian export basked has expanded considerably since 1990s with opening up of economies of both the countries.   While India used to export traditional goods such as tea, spices, textiles, cotton and leather, now major items include auto and auto components, pharmaceuticals, plastic, rubber and electric machinery.

Addressing the gathering of MSME owners in his inimitable style, Ambassador Klodkowski won hearts of participants with his extempore presentation intermittently switching from English to fluent Hindi. 

Poland has invited investment from Indian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) offering them opportunities in a number of areas including food processing, energy sector etc. 

India and Poland will be celebrating 60th anniversary of their diplomatic relations next year and organise business interactions and events in order to increase bilateral trade, said Polish Ambassador.

About Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), he said, they generate more jobs than any other sector not just in India but also in Poland.

“We are more interested to invite SMEs for investing in our country as big industries have tendency to shift from one place to another. We will love to explore the energy sector, which has scope to flourish more,” Klodkowski said here. 

He was addressing a seminar on Business Opportunities with Poland, organised jointly by FISME and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland on July 16, 2013.  

Further he said, the Government of Poland is planning to come up with Energy Summit as it wants to invest in energy sector in India.

Chinese are investing a lot in Poland as it is the 12th most attractive destination for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and the third fastest growing country in the European Union, the Ambassador said. 

According to Anil Bhardwaj, Secretary General FISME, the bilateral trade between both the countries for the year 2012-13 was 1.7 billion USD, the export was of 810 million USD and import was of 874 million USD.   

On response to a question by Naresh Kumar Sagar, Chairman of Enkay Sagar Holdings Pvt Ltd about sharing latest technology with Indian SMEs, the Ambassador said, “we are ready to share new ways of manufacturing goods and will organise some sort of workshops for small entrepreneurs in future.”       

Further he said, the Government of Poland is interested in food processing industry, which has not flourished well in India. Interested SMEs can enquire about it with the Polish officials. 

Sagar also mentioned about skill shortages in SME sector from level one to four and sought for Poland’s help in this regard.

“There are many Polish centres already training workers in India. People in India are loyal and eager to learn and that is why we are already helping them to work with new technologies. Training them in return will help us to manufacture more goods of better qualities. So we extend full support to them, Klodkowski answered.    

In 2006, HCL Technologies started looking for an European centre and selected Poland because of its geographical location.

“Doing business with Poland is extremely comfortable as we got help from the government. Labour laws are better than any other European country. We are now doing a business of 20 million USD in Poland”, said Sameer Chawla, General Manger, HCL Technologies. 

“A Large number SMEs are interested in doing businesses with other countries but they don’t know how to go about it, we organised this programme to help them,” said Mukesh Kalra, Joint Secreatry-International Trade, FISME.  

The objective of the event was to increase bilateral trade between both the countries