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PAIiIZ: perceptions of investment climate remain high despite slippage


Three in four (76%) large companies operating in Poland say the country is a good or very good place to invest, and while assessments of key investment climate parameters are lower than last year (48% of “good” or “very good” answers compared with 61% in 2011), they are considerably higher than at any time between 2007 and 2010, according to a survey of 84 predominantly foreign companies conducted by the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ).

The composite index of perceived investment climate is 3.4 points (out of 5), down from 3.6 last year. The country’s key strengths according to the surveyed firms are market size (4.2 points), political stability (4.1 points), and availability of qualified workforce (4 points). The biggest perceived weaknesses are its commercial courts (2.7 points) and clarity of legal rules (2.8 points). Significantly, assessments of Poland’s infrastructure registered a further improvement and now stand at 3.2 points, including 3.8 points for telecommunications infrastructure (but only 2.7 points for roads).

The study shows that foreign companies are particularly appreciative of the country’s role as part of a large EU market, and its political stability. (As recently as 2007, lack of political stability was seen as a major disincentive to invest in Poland).

Eighty seven percent of the large companies surveyed are planning to maintain staff levels unchanged or hire new workers over the coming year, and a similar proportion of foreign companies (89%) expect to make further investments in 2013.

The 2012 survey is based on interviews with 84 large companies, including 70 foreign investors. It was part of a larger study covering 238 firms.

In the first 10 months of 2012 the PAIiIZ closed foreign direct investment projects worth just over €1.1bn, roughly comparable to last year (-2% y-o-y). About 60% were reinvestments.

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