The main objectives are to attract foreign investors and to support regional enterprises to increase the level of internationalization.
The regional investor and exporters assistance centres (the Polish acronym - COIE) belong to a network of information points that have been established throughout Poland in cooperation between the Ministry of Economy and regional self-governments. COIE is a single contact point, located directly in the region, close to local companies and offering assistance via modern communication technologies as well as face–to-face meeting with the experts.
The main objective is increasing the level of internationalization of the Polish companies by facilitating the access of entrepreneurs and their associations to free, high-quality, complex information services that are essential to planning, organizing and starting exporting and/or investing abroad. Second objective is to increase the level of foreign investment in Poland by facilitating the access of potential foreign investors to information about regulations on starting a business in Poland and support instruments for the development of entrepreneurship including investment incentives.
Pro-export services are: target market identification, finding information on potential business partners in available Polish and international databases, B2B matchmaking.
Pro-biz services are: delivering economic information on the region to the foreign investors, preparing information about available investment possibilities, promoting regional investment offer.
Silesian Centre organizes conferences, seminars and promotes the region abroad.
Silesian Centre in Katowice is a part of Marshal’s Office of Silesian Voivodeship, as a member of the Polish network of Investor and Exporter Assistance Centres. Crucial support is provided by the Trade and Investment Promotion Sections of Polish Embassies and Consulates in 48 places worldwide.
Evidence of success
For last 4 years Silesian Investor and Exporter Assistance Centre has been successful presenting a lot of activities in the field of I internationalisation:
• Informational service for foreign investors: 248 projects,
• Visits of foreign investors hosted: 44 visits,
• Completed projects: 28,
• Economic missions handled: 8,
• Informational meetings for regional entrepreneurs about foreign markets: 14,
• Promoting of regional investment attractiveness on trade fairs: 19.
Potential for learning or transfer
In order to replicate the COIE undertaking in other countries, assuming the availability of adequate financial resources, it’s possible to directly replicate the “pro-biz” services in the other region/country, which include knowledge and data already in the possession or easy to collect of the BP receiving region:
• Delivering economic information on the region to the foreign investors,
• Preparing information about available investment possibilities,
• Promoting regional investment offer.