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Rise in investment climate index as foreign firms appreciate market size, workforce and political stability


2011-11-04



Foreign investors’ assessments of Poland’s investment environment have improved sharply during the past year, according to the fifth edition of the PAIiIZ/Pentor survey of investment climate. The overall investment climate index surged to 3.59 points (out of 5.0) in 2011, up from 3.04 in 2010 and marking its highest level since the study was launched in 2007. Sixty-one percent of the respondents described investment conditions in Poland as "good" or "very good", up from just 25% in 2010 and well above the previous record of 41%, in 2009.

According to the surveyed companies, Poland’s biggest strengths include size of the market (4.04); availability of qualified workers (3.88), and political stability (3.84). The latter two parameters have seen dramatic improvement over the past four years. For example, 75% of respondents now describe staff availability as "good" or "very good", more than double the figure in 2007; and 73% have the same opinion of the level of political stability, translating into a huge 1.6-point increase in the relevant indicator, compared with 2007, when it was perceived as a major negative factor. No other area saw a similar reversal.

There was also a substantial improvement in perceptions of the fiscal burden, to an all-time high of 3.1 points, up from 2.7.

Areas with the lowest indicator values were road infrastructure (2.3 points, up from 2.0 in 2010) and legal environment (2.9 points, up from 2.4; with tax and public-procurement law seen as particular weaknesses).

The 2011 survey is based on interviews with 194 foreign companies operating in Poland (the biggest sample so far), drawn from among PAIiIZ customers, a ranking list of the biggest foreign investors in Poland, and members of bilateral chambers of commerce.



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