When the state government was busy talking about the fine points for attracting investment during the two-day Progressive Punjab Investment Summit, a delegation from Poland on Wednesday in a bid to woo local investors talked about their country as being one of the best-managed economies in the European Union (EU).
The Punjab government may have been selling itself by speaking about its achievements, such as best road connectivity and being power surplus, a speaker during a session on Poland said their country is located in the heart of Europe and has high speed internet connectivity with half of the population using smart phones.
As the Punjab government claimed to be the best rated state in terms of ease of doing business In India, the Polish delegation said that it had been ranked fourth in the list of investor-friendly countries in Europe by the World Bank.
Inaugurating the session, Witold Jerzy Pietrewicz, secretary of state, ministry of economy, said Poland was enthusiastic about partnership with Punjab. It was also announced that Poland and Punjab Agriculture University will step up research and development activities in the agriculture sector.
Earlier, additional chief secretary Suresh Kumar welcomed the guests. Punjab Agricultural University vice-chancellor BS Dhillon was also present on the occasion.
The Polish delegation came following a visit by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to Warsaw, the country’s capital city, in July this year. “IT industry is growing in Poland threefold as compared to other European countries and we have high-speed internet connectivity,” said the speaker.
The Polish delegation also offered setting up of special economic zones, granting strategic assistance, training and helping in funding projects.
Some comments were erroneously attributed to lawyer Rajiv Luthra in an earlier copy. The error is regretted.