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Poland opens to investors, tourists students from all over the world

By Alice Wang

The Warsaw (Poland) Trade Office in Taiwan was established in 1995 and is headed by Tomasz Nowacki, chief representative and director general. The main function of the office is to promote economic, scientific and educational exchanges between Poland and Taiwan. In addition, the Warsaw (Poland) Trade Office is full assistance for Polish citizens living in Taiwan, the promotion of Polish tourism, and encouraging cultural ties and assistance in issuing of visas to Taiwan businessmen and tourists.

Mr. Nowacki is an experienced diplomat, who took the post of chief representative of the Warsaw (Poland) Trade Office in Taiwan in 1999. He is a Sinology-major graduate of Warsaw University, and later he joined the Polish foreign service in 1979. Mr. Nowaki used to be posted in Shanghai, China, as consulate general for seven years, in Moscow, Russia, for another three years, and seven years in Beijing, China.

Mr. Nowacki said Poland is now developing its hi-tech industry, and gets renown for its products of computer soft wares. "So, as the matter of fact, Poland is a good match for Taiwan since Taiwan is famous for its hardware products," he said. The export of Polish products like foods, raw materials and so on is becoming an important element of business activity that promotes production development and modernization. "One brand of Polish cosmetics, which put amber in the elements, has entered Taiwan's market. It's a great step to us. Taiwanese now can buy Polish cosmetics at some department stores," he added.

Due to SARS, all the cultural exchange plans are cut, so there is no Polish performance troupe came to Taiwan this year. However, educational exchange is increasing. Some Polish students are now studying Mandarin in Taiwan while some Taiwan students are studying in Poland. "It's a great exchange plan for both countries. Both Polish and Taiwanese governments offer scholarships to students who are from the other country. Students can learn not only languages, they can learn cultures and understand people. I ensure all of them will go back their own countries with great experience. It's an important and necessary investment for the governments," said Mr. Nowacki.

Tourism to Poland has been going up these years. There are more and more Taiwanese go to visit Poland, where is famous for its beautiful scenery and unspoiled nature. Poland has 22 national parks and 122 landscape parks of nature reserves. Health-Spa tourism in Poland is getting popular with tourists from all over the world. All year around, more than 140 localities offer a gentle climate, picturesque landscapes, charming boarding houses, and modern sanatoriums as well as a high standard of treatment.

Talk about the goal of the office in the future, Mr. Nowacki answered firmly "Continue to work hard." He believes that diligence can make things different, even the change may be small at first, but at last, you'll see the improvement and creation.

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