Podlaskie Region is one of 16 Polish regions.
The area: 20180 sq km
Capital of region: Bialystok
Inhabitants: ca 1 200 000
There are 9 border crossing points: 3 with Lithuania (Budzisko, Ogrodniki, Trakiszki), and 6 with Belarus (Bobrowniki, Czeremcha, Kuznica Bialostocka, Polowce, Siemianowka, Zubki)
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• A qualified workforce
• Low work costs
• Experience in operating with Eastern markets
• Direct contacts with partners from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia
• A regional market of buyers of over 1 200 000 potential consumers
• A well-developed network of banking services
• Great investment possibilities
Podlaskie is inhabited by 1,224,000 people, of whom 57.7% live in urban areas. The population is relatively young as almost 57% of people are of working age. There are also over 250 firms with foreign investments in the region. The capital Bialystok is known as a fair center. A large number of entrepreneurs and tradesmen come to the international trade fairs organized in Bialystok. The value of the regional trade is growing steadily. The basic export items of the region are food products, electric devices, light industry articles, pulp and paper. The existing foreign contacts do not take full advantage of the region’s economic potential. In the region potential foreign business partners can establish co-operative joint ventures in the field of food and agricultural industry, the production of health food, the processing of potatoes, the development of tourism and recreation and the natural environment.
Agriculture in Podlaskie Region functions in harsh natural, both climatic and soil conditions – a very short vegetation period, record temperature lows, poor soil and periodic water deficits.
Despite this, there are over 100.000 rural farms in the region, using an average surface of about 13 hectares.
The structure of rural areas makes good conditions for further development of the production of milk and beef. Potatoes are mainly cultivated in the area of the province of Podlasie, as well as cereals (rye, oats, wheat, corn) and sugar beets. In the last years, the owners of rural farms have seen more and more success – in their agro touristic activities.
The following branches of the economy are of major importance in Podlaskie Region: food processing, light industry, wood industry and the production of machines.
The most dynamic development is observed in the production of food. The plants operating within this sector specialize in the processing of milk, meat, poultry, as well as cereal and beer making. Large and modern dairies located in Podlasie are famous for their excellent products in all of Poland. They function using modern technologies, many of them have already received the ISO certificate. At present, some of the dairies are authorized to export their products to the EU countries.
The essential economic sector in the region is the wood processing industry supported by local raw materials (production of parquet floors, furniture, woodwork and home construction elements).
Dominant companies of the local building industry produce ceramics, cobblestones and silicates. The machinery industry is also worth mentioning, which produces various equipment, parts and components of machines.
Other dynamic branches of the local economy are in the business sector, such as consulting and advisory services, as well as banking and protection services.