Companies active in Poland’s 14 special economic zones (SEZs) created almost 29,000 new jobs last year and now employ 296,000 people in total, according to Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Janusz Piechociński. Investment in Polish SEZs totaled zl.8.8 billion last year and the authorities issued 436 new permits to companies wanting to launch operations in Poland’s special economic zones, up from 253 a year earlier. The cumulative value of SEZ investment last year approached zl.102 billion. Companies from the automotive industry accounted for 26 percent of this figure.
Thirty-seven percent of Polish households are indebted to various financial institutions, according to market and opinion research company PBS. Money borrowed from banks and other lenders is most often spent on durable goods, such as cars, household appliances and consumer electronics, as well as on housing. Forty percent of borrowers took out such loans to cover the day-to-day costs of living and to repay older debts.
Egypt has given the go-ahead for Polish pork exports to that country, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Warsaw has said. The move comes after the Egyptian authorities agreed to recognize Polish health certificates for boneless pork, pork products as well as milk and dairy products.
The number of Polish and foreign companies active in Poland’s IT services sector increased from 40,200 in 2009 to 60,700 in 2013, according to the Central Statistical Office (GUS).
The Association of Business Service Leaders in Poland (ABSL), which brings together the largest foreign investors in this sector, says that IT service providers employ more than 140,000 in this country. Of this, about 55,000 people work in large enterprises that have at least 200 employees. Such companies have rapidly increased employment in recent years. Almost all of them provide services to customers from abroad, mostly Western Europe.