In the scenario, when in 30 years Germany will no longer be perceived as an economical power, when Russia will be in shambles, Poland, with an amazingly educated society, will rise to the role of a regional power, with ambition of playing an important role on multinational arena – said by a famous American political scientist George Friedman, during the recent European Forum for New Ideas. He will be a guest of the plenary session dedicated to strategic economic cooperation between United States and Central Europe, especially Poland as a leader of the region. It will take place this week within the scope of the first Polish American Leadership Summit: Investment Zone (Polish American Leadership Summit – PALS) in Miami. The plan for the session is impressive.
300 participants, nine discussion panels, three days of discussions in plenary, networking and evening sessions, plus an award gala and a grand Polonaise bal. And, as a final treat, a special exclusive VIP session, which will take place in Mar-a-Lago, called by Donald Trump „The Winter White House”. It is a first initiative to connect political and economic relations between the two countries. – The idea of the meeting is a strong support on the lever of business decision makers of various political declarations, which span between Poland and US. We would like – through this meeting – to put them into practice – says Michał M. Lisiecki, president of PMPG („Wprost” publisher) and initiator of the summit. – The event has strategic value to Poland, as it facilitates dialogue on both highest government levels and business fields, including knowledge transfer between enterprises – says Zbigniew Pisarski, president of the Casimir Pulaski Foundation, which co-organizes the summit. Invited guests are representatives of Polish establishment. Among them are Jerzy Kwieciński, the minister of investment and development, Anna Maria Anders, the secretary of state in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland, Adam Hamryszczak, the under-secretary of state in the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development, Mariusz Orion Jędrysek, the leading geologist in the country, Andrzej Piotrowski, the vice minister of energy, or Paweł Soloch, the director of the National Security Bureau.
But the directors of biggest Polish companies are going to be present as well: President of PGE Henryk Baranowski, President of KGHM Polska Miedź Radosław Domagalski, Filip Grzegorczyk, president of Tauron, Marcin Jastrzębski, president of Lotos, or Mirosław Kowalik manager of Poznań Enea. Paweł Borys, president of Polish Development Fund, will be present as well. The conference has been put under the honorary patronage by President Andrzej Duda.
Power industry is the key
Despite the recent crisis connected with the IPN bill novelization, economic and business relations between Poland and USA are very good. Over the last 25 years American companies have invested 91 billion zloty in Poland. – High level production, technology and innovations are a big plus of the Polish market– says Tony Housh, president of American Chamber of Commerce in Poland. Krzysztof Szczerski, presidents’ foreign policy advisor, says that Poland US relations are already an „advanced partnership”. – This will result in positive effects for the security of our region, for the security of Poland, for Poland’s economic development and may even radiate all over the region and Europe – he explains. At the end of January, Poland was visited by the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose business experience is vast. For years he has been a director for a petrochemical company ExxonMobil, one of world’s leading corporations. The talks – including those with Jarosław Kaczyński – revolved around military and energy cooperation. Tillerson assured that US is ready to supply Poland with liquefied natural gas LNG. He also reiterated that United States is opposed to construction of the northern gas pipeline Nord Stream 2. This is why two out of three key discussion topics on the summit will be devoted to power industry and military cooperation.
Among the expected participants of the summit is the Vice Minister of Energy Andrzej Piotrowski, who is responsible for the construction the new atomic power plant. Who will build it? Unofficially it is known that currently there are two offers on the table, including one from USA. It was supposedly presented personally by Donald Trump during a visit in Poland. – USA might be a valuable supplier of technology for Poland’s atomic power plant, as well as an excellent technological partner in the scope of new technologies and branches such as energy storage, electro mobility or block chain technology says Zbigniew Pisarski from Pulaski Foundation. The matters of importing liquefied natural gas LNG from US are no less important. Last year Poland brokered a long-term contract for its supply between PGNiG and American Cheniere Energy. It is the first contract of this kind between United States and a country in Central Europe. Owing to this, Poland – as evaluated by the experts – may become an export window for the US for supplying and transporting natural gas to Southern Europe. It is increasingly louder about the cooperation in terms of supplying oil for Polish fuel concerns, as well as spot supplying of coal, of which first shipments from US were carried out by Węglokoks. There are other topics, which, although without such a broad media coverage, are crucial from the perspective of new technologies. Poland has, for example, plots in the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. Polymetallic nodules with key elements, such as manganese, vanadium, molybdenum, nickel and copper, are situated there. Mariusz Orion Jędrysek, Poland’s leading geologist and a government representative in matters of national mineral policies, will discuss the extraction works.
Security and technology
Second key topic for discussion is security. The ongoing modernization of Polish military is a grand opportunity for exploiting the potential of American arms industry. The purchase of antimissile Patriot system might be an example. Unofficially, Americans say they are willing to lower the price and shorten the delivery period. The offset negotiations, which are supposed to be a technological transfer for Polish companies, are still ongoing. – The offset document is over 5 thousand pages long and contains detailed projects descriptions, as well as precise letters of intent, containing names of technological transfer receivers. These letters include a wide range of technologies, from command and control systems to missile launchers – as assured by John Baird, the vice president for integrated antimissile and antiaircraft systems for the region of Poland in Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. The president of BBN Paweł Soloch will discuss political aspects of Polish security at the summit, while the American military presence in Europe will be covered by Susan Elliot, a deputy commander of US military forces in Europe in years 2015-2017. „The forum of entrepreneurs, politicians and media representatives organized by you will constitute an excellent opportunity for discussing and strengthening PolishAmerican economic relations” – as was written in a letter from the Chancellery of the President to the organizers of the summit. g
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