V European Congress of Small and Medium-Size Enterprises – it’s an event in which every entrepreneur looking for interesting solutions for their business should participate, but it’s also for everyone who is about to open an enterprise. Everyone will find something for themselves – organizers of this year’s Congress have prepared over 50 discussion panels divided into 6 subject areas and invited in particular representatives of the central and local authorities, business, science and research institutions.
The Congress will take place from the 12th to 14th October, for the first time at a newly opened International Congress Centre inKatowice. As usual, the event will be accompanied by the Services and Products for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises Fair BIZNES EXPO (ang. Business Expo Fair) and by the program Samorząd, który wspiera MŚP (ang.The Local Self-Government that Supports SME).
On the 15th of May, a press conference introducing the IV European Congress of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises took place at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice.
The conference was attended by: Jerzy Buzek, Prime Minister of Poland from 1997 to 2001, President of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2012, Chairman of the Honorary Committee of the IV ECSME, Tadeusz Donocik – President of Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice, Dawid Kostempski – Chairman of the board of the Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia and the President of Świętochłowice, Mirosław Sekuła – Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship and Piotr Uszok – President of the City of Katowice.
Firstly, Tadeusz Donocik briefly presented the new thematic areas that will be covered during the three days of the Congress. When it comes to novelties, this year's Congress will see the inclusion of the US-European SME sector cooperation and Poland's water economy as discussion topics. As usual, strong emphasis was placed on areas where science meets business – For the first time we were able to involve Polish Vocational Education Centers and their foreign counterparts in the Congress. Therefore, the discussion about vocational education will be far more practical – Tomasz Donocik emphasises. Ten years since the EU accession, the organisers of the European Congress of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises plan to exchange experiences with our European partners – We are particularly interested in the presence of the representatives of the 9 countries that joined the EU with us at the Congress – explains the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice.
To hear the voice of SMEs
Jerzy Buzek strongly accentuated that once again the Silesian Voivodeship will host the Congress that deals with economy and reaches far beyond the borders of our region or even Poland. The former President of the European Parliament stated that it is the biggest event of that type in this part of Europe. Event organised to hear the voice of small and medium-sized entrepreneurship whose role in the economy is no less important than that of bigger enterprises. During the Congress, we want to recognise the needs and requirements of SMEs so that the attending politicians from Poland, the EU and outside of it will hear what is important for the economy from their point of view – Jerzy Buzek signals.
The Economic NATO
It is a special right and duty of the Silesian Voivodeship to talk about small and medium-sized entrepreneurs – started Mirosław Sekuła. The Marshal of our Voivodeship accentuated the fact that the whole economic environment of this region of Poland builds cooperative advantage. - Silesian Voivodeship is currently the promised land for small and medium-sized enterprises. Their development here is unmatched and strongly supported by all the economic organisations that, luckily enough, cooperate effectively – said the Marshal. Mirosław Sekuła also reminded that during the recently finished European Economic Congress the term "Economic NATO" was used. – If we will be able to broaden the cooperation possibilities considering this new economic term, then the development chances for our enterprises will be much bigger – Mirosław Sekuła mentioned.
MAUS to co-host the IV ECSME
During the conference, Tadeusz Donocik revealed that, beginning with the upcoming edition, the Congress will be co-hosted by the Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia. Dawid Kostempski, chairman of the board of MAUS expressed his contentment that during the Congress the representatives of self-government, government administration and entrepreneurs will be able to meet and talk with each other not only about positive matters but primarily about all the problems and obstacles to specific endeavors. – I think that during the plenary sessions we will discuss that topic and – just like every year during this Congress – draw appropriate conclusions – Dawid Kostempski admits.
Even bigger possiblities for the ECSME
There is no need to convince anyone that, with each passing year, Katowice is becoming a more important business center. It also aspires to be among the most modern ones. In that context, Piotr Uszok, in his closing speech, referred to new objects being built in Katowice. I would like for the Congress to grow bigger in the nearest future. I mean this not only in the aspect of discussion, but also in the possibility of showcasing SME products and services – finished the President of the City of Katowice.
We would like to invite everyone to the IV European Congress of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises that will take place on September 22-24, 2014.
|Industrial zone in Ankara|
|Signing cooperation agreement with the Chamber of Commerce in Mersin. From the left: Tomasz Zjawiony, Vice-president of CCI in Katowice; Kasim Tanriover, Vice-president of the Board.
|Signing cooperation agreement with the Chamber of Commerce in Tarsus. From the left: Tomasz Zjawiony, Vice-president of CCI in Katowice; H. Ruci Kocak, President of the Board.|
|Signing cooperation agreement with The Chamber of Industry in Ankara. From the left: Tomasz Zjawiony, Vice-president of CCI in Katowice; Mehmet Zahid Poyraz, Member of the Board.|
Turkey is a very important business partner for us, so it wasn’t a coincidence that we organize economic mission to this country. The Congress of SME in October which we organize as CCI is not only an area for the exchange of ideas, experiences and good practice but most of all business contacts and it seems that in this year Congress will participate strong representation of our partners from Turkey interested in cooperation with Polish entrepreneurs – comments Tomasz Zjawiony, Vice-president of CCI and the head of the mission in which except from entrepreneurs also took part inter alia representatives of Marshall Office, Silesian Investor and Exporter Assistance Centre, Special Economic Zone in Katowice.
|From the left: Tomasz Zjawiony and Mayor of the city Mersin|
|From the left: Przemysław Grzywa, Vice -Chairman of the CCI in Katowice Council’s Commission for International Economic Cooperation ; Tomasz Zjawiony, Vice-president of CCI in Katowice; Seref Furkan Ceylan – Expert, Development Agency in Ankara.|
For the first time in the history, the European Congress of Small and Medium-Size Enterprises will take place in a newly opened location. Participants in panel discussions, debates and accompanying events and workshops will gather at the International Congress Centre in Katowice. Single place, but so many possibilities! Location in the city centre has only advantages – easy access, parking and close proximity to interesting places.
The International Congress Centre in Katowice is located in place so-called Culture Zone, in place of the old “Katowice” Coal Mine. Places that belong to it are: the icon of Katowice – the “Spodek” Sport and Entertainment Arena, the new residence of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice and the new Silesian Museum. Culture Zone in Katowice is the biggest investment in Silesian voivodeship over the few years.
At the request of prof. Michał Kleiber, the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences, prof. Tadeusz Baczko, the representative of the "Polska 2020" Forecasting Committee at the Presidium of PAS, prepared an elaboration of the cooperation between the scientific community and business representatives.
Panel discussions, workshops, numerous foreign delegations and specific solutions for entrepreneurs. With each passing year we see and increase not only in the number of topics and issues connected with small and medium-sized enterprises increases, but also in the number of participants of one of the biggest SME dedicated events, the European Congress of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Katowice. Since it's first edition the Congress develops and adapts its formula to current international SME problems. The fourth edition is another challenge where the goal is to establish a platform for dialogue and to work out viable solutions. The registration for the Congress has just been opened.