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Investments in SEZ up by 85% y-o-y in H1


The combined value of new investment projects attracted by Poland’s 14 special economic zones (SEZ) in the first half of 2011 soared by over 80% compared with the same period a year ago, thanks largely to a surge in average project size, according to a survey by Rzeczpospolita.

The zones approved 83 new projects in the six months to June, up from 81 in H1 2010. Their total value reached PLN 3.3bn (approx. €828m), an increase of 85% compared with a year earlier and 80% of the figure for 2010 as a whole. At the same time, the aggregate number of jobs to be created by the new investments, at 3,800, is nearly 1,000 lower than a year earlier, though it should be remembered that more than half of all new jobs announced in H1 2010 – over 2,500 – were in the Walbrzych zone. In fact, in most zones new-job figures are better than last year.

The Kostrzyn-Slubice zone attracted the biggest investments in H1, worth PLN 890.7m (€223.4m), followed by Katowice (PLN 450m or €113m), Tarnobrzeg (PLN 408.5m or €102.4m), Walbrzych (PLN 404.6m or €101.5m), and Lodz (PLN 315m or €79m). At the other extreme, the Krakow Technology Park had only two projects worth PLN 1.8m (€0.45m).

In terms of job creation, the Legnica zone tops the list with 1,129 new jobs attracted in H1, followed by Katowice (around 500), Kostrzyn-Slubice and Tarnobrzeg (about 400).

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