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Slaskie tops investment attractiveness ranking


Slaskie has maintained the position of the most attractive region for investment in Poland, with a hefty lead over second-placed Mazowieckie and third-placed Dolnoslaskie, according to an annual report by the Gdansk Institute for Market Economics (IBnGR), a leading Polish think-tank. The 2011 survey confirms the dominance of western and central regions and the province around Warsaw as the most attractive investment destinations, and the relatively weaker performance and potential of eastern Poland, with the five eastern voivodships, i.e. Podkarpackie, Swietokrzyskie, Warminsko-Mazurskie, Lubelskie and Podlaskie, making up the bottom five (in descending order).

The IBnGR rates regions’ attractiveness based on 10 factors, of which eight have the biggest weights: transport links, labour costs, size and quality of workforce, market size, business infrastructure, social infrastructure, safety and security, and proactive approach to attracting investors. Its goal is not to encourage or discourage investors but to pinpoint to local authorities areas of improvement and focus.

Slaskie received an overall score of 0.90, compared with 0.61 for Mazowieckie and 0.56 for Dolnoslaskie. Its main strengths are workforce, labour costs, market size and business and social infrastructure, while the level of safety and security is a weak point. In comparison with 2010 it has seen an improvement in transport links. Over the past five years the region’s performance has shown a small improvement.

Mazowieckie’s key advantages include market size, proactive approach to investors (a notable improvement compared with 2010), and business and social infrastructure. On the other hand, labour costs and safety and security make it relatively less attractive. The region’s overall score has not changed over the past five years.

Dolnoslaskie scores particularly well on proactive approach to investors, transport links, market size, and business and social infrastructure. As with Slaskie and Mazowieckie, its main weakness is safety and security. Though it has improved its performance over the past five years, a comparison with 2010 shows a certain slippage in approach to investors and a deterioration in safety and security.

Next came Malopolskie (0.34) and Wielkopolskie (0.29), which are appreciated mainly for quality of workforce and labour costs. Malopolskie also has particularly good social infrastructure, while Wielkopolskie boasts good transport links and a proactive approach to investors. Two other voivodships received positive overall scores: Zachodniopomorskie and Pomorskie. Lodzkie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Lubuskie and Opolskie are in negative territory, but with better scores than the five eastern provinces. Bottom-placed Podlaskie has a score of -0.68, coming bottom on three parameters.

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