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Port of Gdańsk Authority S.A. invites you to the Business Mixer 2023 conference, to be held on 27-28 April in Seoul. This is going to be the second edition of the event. The conference is an excellent opportunity for Polish companies to build new business relations in Asia.

The Republic of Korea is one of the countries with a trade volume of over USD 1 trillion, and is the 5th largest exporter in the world. Currently, it ranks tenth in the list of world’s economic superpowers and fourth in Asia in 2022. For years, the Korean economy has been one of the most dynamically developing economies in the Far East.

Nearly 550 Korean-invested companies operate in Poland, which makes the Republic of Korea one of the main foreign investors in our country (it is the second, after the USA, largest investor from outside Europe). At the end of 2020, the value of all investments from South Korea in Poland amounted to EUR 3.06 billion.

In recent years, we have been observing great interest in the Polish market among Korean companies, related to the location of further branches of Korean companies in our country. We want the conference to be a platform for building good business relations, strengthening the existing ones and emphasising the role of Poland as an attractive business partner, explains Management Board of the Port of Gdańsk Authority.

Initiatives such as Business Mixer are valuable as they provide a platform for establishing business relations between Polish and Korean companies and showing Poland’ investment potential. The Port of Gdańsk has invited Polish companies from the energy, food, logistics, design, chemical and automotive industries to participate in the event. The conference includes panel discussions, during which speakers can present their vision of building alternative links between Europe and Asia, using Poland and Korea as logistics hubs, as well as the benefits associated with locating investments in Poland.

The Port of Gdańsk is at the heart of the southern edge of the Baltic Sea, where its geographical advantage alone makes it important on the logistical map of the world. It is one of the main links of the Trans-European Transport Network Corridor No. VI that connects the Scandinavian countries to the Adriatic Sea countries. The challenges encountered by some Baltic ports, such as tides and freezing, do not affect the Port of Gdańsk. This facilitates full efficiency regardless of the time of the year. We are a universal port, and we can handle all types of goods. This includes containers, automotive products, liquid fuels, dry bulk and chemical goods.

Currently, the Port of Gdańsk operates 15 regular sea connections. Apart from Europe, the regular destinations of goods are the USA, Central and South America, and Asia. Considering the available ocean connections (alliances: 2M and Ocean Alliance), the Port of Gdańsk is the only Baltic port that supports direct container connections with South Korea and China. The world’s largest transoceanic vessels, requiring deep-water berths, arrive at the port. The port's great strength is its excellent location, as it is located at the meeting point of the main logistics routes. For Asia it is the sea gate to the markets of Central and Eastern Europe, the most dynamically developing region of the European Union. It is not only an ideal market for 100 million consumers, but also an important place for the production and constantly growing exports of high quality products to markets all over the world.



Thursday, April 27, 2023
8:00 – 9:00    Registration / coffee
9:00 – 9:30    Official opening
9:30 – 9:40    Introduction to panel
9:40 – 10:40    Panel discussion
Seaports as a window to the world of global business
Moderator: Mr. Michał Stupak, Port of Gdańsk Authority, Account Manager
Mr. Sławomir Michalewski, Port of Gdańsk Authority, Vice President of the Board
Mr. Malcolm Gregory, Baltic Hub, Chief Commercial Officer
Mr. Eung-hyuk Lee, Port of Busan, Director of Marketing & Internal Affairs
Mr. Kwanyoung Jang, PSA Korea, Assistant VP Marketing
10:40 – 11:00    Coffee break
11:00 – 11:10    Introduction to panel
11:10 – 12:10    Panel discussion
Big fish need a large port – logistics in the process of constructing industrial projects
Moderator: Mr. Lech Paszkowski, Port of Gdańsk Authority, Director of the Development and Investment Department
Mr. Isung Lee, Hyundai Engineering, Vice President
Mr. Grzegorz Samoć, DSV, Department Manager
Mr. Damian Olewnik, PKN ORLEN, Director Olefins Production Intensification Office
Mr. Przemysław Sztandera, Pomeranian Special Economic Zone, CEO
12:10 – 13:10    Lunch
13:10 – 13:20    Introduction to panel
13:20 – 14:20    Panel discussion
Is it the end of “Just-in-Time”? Warehousing market in Europe and South Korea
Moderator: Łukasz Szutenberg, NetVest Group, CEO
Ms. Eun-kyung Park, Port of Busan, Deputy General Manager of Overseas
Mr. Michał Samborski, Panattoni Europe, Development Director
Mr. Łukasz Langowski, Langowski Logistics, Co-Owner
14:20 – 14:40    Coffee break
14:40 – 14:50    Introduction to panel
14:50 – 15:50    Panel discussion
Hydrogen on the way to the Port of Gdańsk – using hydrogen to transport goods by land
Moderator: Mr. Sławomir Bałdyga, PRS, Director
Mr. Jakub Lubiński, PKN ORLEN, Hydrogen Technology Department Director
Mr. Krzysztof Dakowicz, Adampol, CEO
Mr. Hwang Se Hoon, Ph.D, Hyundai Glovis, Hanyang Univ. Adjunct Professor, Green Energy Business Group
19:00 – 22:00    Gala Dinner by the Port of Gdańsk Authority*

Friday, April 28, 2023
9:00 – 12:30    B2B meetings for importers, exporters and sales networks
10:00 – 11:00    Press conference featuring Korean media
12:30 – 13:30    Lunch
* Participation upon invitation

Address: 287, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, 04618, South Korea
more at ambatel.com.

For meeting participants, the hotel offers special overnight rates. Ask for details.

Contact: businessmixer@portgdansk.pl

supported by
Ministry of Infrastructure