On 23 September 2010, Vice Presidents - Mr. Janusz Pietkiewicz and Mr. Andrzej Dorda received the delegation of the entrepreneurs from Kazakhstan, leaded by Mr. Tałgat Akuow, the President of the Independent Association of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan (NAP).
The delegation of Kazakhstan was composed of entrepreneurs representing the wholesale trade in agricultural products, construction, consulting and office supply stores as well as a food. The leading topic of discussion was economic cooperation with Polish businesses that participated in the meeting.
During the introduction of the delegation, Mr. Tołgat Akułow informed that Kazakhstan holds the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 2010. He noted that undoubtedly it is a good market for Polish products, not least because of the 100 thousand Poles residing in Kazakhstan.
Mr. Tołgat Akuow announced that the his organization (NAP) associates 2,300 companies and keeps offices in each city. NAP wishes to strengthen cooperation between the Polish and Kazakh entrepreneurs. He believes that higher level of the cooperation may be achieved through joint educational and student exchange programs. Mr. Tołgat Akuow, who also is the Director of the Association of Kazakh Universities pointed to the need for an animation of student exchange, particularly in the sphere of economics.
Vice-president Janusz Pietkiewicz pointed out that Kazakhstan is a key partner for the Polish Central Asia, and the meeting is a good signal for the intensification of economic cooperation. Traders exchanged experiences and pointed to factors that inhibit our contacts, including the lack of the direct air links between Poland and Kazakhstan.
The Polish companies were interested in the rich experience of firms from Kazakhstan which carry out business with partners in the East. On the other hand they indicated that Polish companies can offer technology, especially in agricultural industry and food processing.
Concluding the meeting Vice-president Janusz Pietkiewicz, announced that until the year 2020, Poland will operate special economic zones. - It's a good place for investments oriented for Western markets - said President, urging visitors to invest in Poland.