US-Poland Business Council to Focus on Growing Opportunities

US-Poland Business Council to Focus on Growing Opportunities

The US-Poland Business Council announced today their plan to lead a foundational Business Mission to Poland from October 18th-19th, 2010 in the capital city of Warsaw.  The mission will mark the official launch of the US-Poland Business Council with the intent to further develop the bilateral economic and commercial relationship between the United States and Poland.  The Business Council was founded in the summer of 2010 by 17  US multinational companies including: The AES Corporation, The Boeing Company, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Eli Lilly, ExxonMobil, Fluor Corporation, International Paper, Marathon Oil, Owens-Illinois, Inc., PHRMA, Raytheon Company, The Shaw Group Inc., Smithfield Foods, Inc., The Timken Company, US Steel and Westinghouse Electric Co.

The mission will focus on the growing opportunities and potential offered by conducting business in Poland and emphasize areas of mutual benefit and interest.  Meetings during the two day mission will include discussions of bilateral market access restrictions and European Commission regulations and policies.  The purpose of the meetings is to cultivate strategic alliances with key interlocutors in the Government of Poland, the US Embassy, as well as the private sector business associations based in Warsaw.  The business delegation will be received and hosted by Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister, Waldemar Pawlak, and Foreign Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski.

“Poland was the only country in the European Union to experience positive economic growth in the past year and is well positioned to take the helm of the Presidency of the European Council beginning in July 2011,” said Eric Stewart, President of the US-Poland Business Council.  “This trip provides a unique opportunity to learn directly from the Polish leadership their plans for guiding Europe through these tough economic times,” added Stewart.  “This mission will establish that the commercial relationship between the US and Poland is important for the mutual economic success of both countries.”

The US-Poland Business Council is a Washington, DC based non-profit organization that promotes commercial relations between the United States and Poland. The mission of the Council is to enhance US-Poland trade and investment, advance the US-Poland bilateral relationship, and educate the public about its importance.  To achieve its mission, the Council will sponsor policy conferences, briefing sessions and major events featuring senior US and Polish officials, academic and business leaders.

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