Opportunities for developing cooperation between entrepreneurs from Poland and Israel, deregulation of the economy and the cooperation between business and universities were the main subjects discussed during the visit of Zvi Oren - President of the Manufacturers’ Association of Israel (MAI) and chairman of the Federation of Israeli Economic Organizations (FIEO) – at the headquarters of the Employers of Poland.
One of the main aims of the visit of the prominent representative of Israeli entrepreneurs was to diagnose the possibility of improving economic cooperation between Poland and Israel. According to Zvi Oren, the current level of trade turnover is insufficient. He stressed that in order to change that, a flexible action plan, adapted to the needs of entrepreneurs from both countries, will be prepared.
President of the Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski declared the willingness of the biggest and oldest organization of Polish employers to engage in improving Polish-Israeli business cooperation.
Zvi Oren and Andrzej Malinowski agreed that the improvement is dependent mainly on reducing economic regulations – imposed by the European Union, as well as Polish and Israeli governments. They urged appropriate deregulation. The participants stressed the need for political decision-makers to understand that taxes are only paid by successful entrepreneurs.
During the meeting, attention was drawn to the striking similarities between issues affecting the labour markets and vocational education in both countries – including the issues resulting from the discrepancy between the Labour Code and reality. The MAI president underlined that in Israel – similarly to the situation in Poland – coordination between educational institutions and the labour market is lacking. According to Zvi Oren, it is not important that Israel has so many high-class specialists, when the demand for them is not particularly high.
The Manufacturers’ Association of Israel is an independent organization of entrepreneurs that represents private, public, government- and kibbutz-owned enterprises. The organization participates in the legislative process in issues such as labor law and foreign trade. The MAI’s direct and indirect membership of more than 2,000 companies accounts for over 90% of Israel’s industrial output. The MAI President also serves as Chairman of the Federation of Israeli Economic Organizations (FIEO), a body encompassing 15 groups that represent virtually all of the country’s business sectors.