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Poland’s Economy Keeps Rolling Along

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In every sense of the word it was really “business as usual” here at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland on March 24, 2015. Mrs. Grazyna Henclewska – Under Secretary of State at Poland’s Ministry of Economy – was the Guest of Honor at a reception co-hosted by Charge d’Affaires ad interim Maciej Pisarski and Minister-Counselor Pawel Pietrasienski – Head of the Embassy’s Trade & Investment Section.

In photo: Economic Secretary Hosted at Embassy. Mrs. Grazyna Henclewska, Under Secretary of State at Poland’s Ministry of Economy, is pictured at the Polish Embassy addressing a gathering of 100 entrepreneurs on the topics of Poland’s economy and business initiatives. Looking over the shoulder of Sec. Henclewska is “Stanczyk” (aka ‘Court Jester’) by Jan Matejko, 1862.

Secretary Henclewska, in her remarks, reported on the vibrant and ever-expanding business climate in Poland, and vis-à-vis the United States in regards to trade and investments of all types between the two countries – “which is so important as to be conducted on the same level as our mutual political and military cooperation.”

Mrs. Henclewska gave an extensive overview of Poland’s continuing favorable economy and varied business situations in all fields, and its projected future developments. She placed enhanced emphasis on the high tech industry, with references to the Silicon Valley IT phenomenon and its corporations.  That “last year the Polish economy grew by 3%, and is up 3.5 % this year” was proudly stated by Pani Henclewska.

DSC03041forweb     Proactive participation in the international Select USA Investment 2015 Summit here on March 23-24, 2015 was the primary reason for the visit of Sec. Henclewska and her delegation. The delegates also participated directly and independently in commercial relationships and dialog with various American businesses. The Summit was first convened by President Obama in 2013. This year 2,600 influential business persons and government officials from all over the world were in attendance. The keynote speaker was U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and was also attended by the Secretaries of the Treasury, Agriculture, Labor and Transportation.

In photo on right:  Pianist Wojciech Trocewicz

At the Embassy reception it was time for the entire Trade & Investment Delegation to relax a bit and partake of a well-deserved bountiful buffet prepared by Chef Andrzej Bielach for them and the assemblage. Invitee Wojciech Trocewicz delighted everyone with much pleasant entertainment at the keyboard of Paderewski’s piano in the Blue Salon as the guests networked with each other and enjoyed the Embassy’s familial Polish hospitality.

To explore business opportunities in Poland, or to attract Polish investments here in the U.S., please contact aforementioned Minister-Counselor Pawel Pietrasienski ( and/or Consul-Counselor Sabina Klimek ( in New York. It was made abundantly clear on this evening that a welcoming Poland is open for business … including even yours. “Poland is open to the world,” declared Sec. Henclewska by way of invitation.

DSC03111forwebPhoto: Grand Buffet

Text & Photo: Richard Poremski

Richard P. Poremski
Polish American Journal
Washington, DC Bureau

April 9, 2015