Self-government, Business & Science

First on such a large scale, unprecedented event assembling domestic and foreign stakeholders in three thematic areas – self-government, business and science.

Regional and Economic Diplomacy Summit 2019

September 9th-10th, Warsaw

1000 participants & 100 panelists

The attendance of 1000 participants and 100 panelists is expected (opening sessions, four plenary sessions, 20 parallel sessions, keynote speakers, seminars).

Declaration of the “European Clusters Alliance”

An international declaration of the “European Clusters Alliance” – an initiative aimed at strengthening European clusters and establishing a covenant among European umbrella organizations, such as the Polish Cluster Association, will be signed.

50 exhibitors

Around 50 exhibitors’ stands and a display area for the Institutions within the domains of self-government, business and science will be offered.

The 5th Congress of Polish Clusters is an accompanying event of the Regional and Economic Diplomacy Summit 2019, whose main organizer is the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology. The Association of Polish Clusters Employers is the honorary partner of this event.

This year’s motto of the Congress is: “For ourselves, or for others? Are clusters a useful tool for the development of an innovative economy and job creation?” is to stimuli the debate on, among others, economic cooperation in the leading areas of industry and services, smart European, national and regional specializations and economic growth based on innovation through the clusters’ activities.


DAY I - Monday, 9 September 2019

8:30 – 9:30


9:30 – 10:00


Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland
Jadwiga Emilewicz, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology
Ludger Schuknecht, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

10:00 – 10:15


Signing the Warsaw declaration for the establishment of the European Clusters Alliance

Genoveva Christova-Murray, Managing Director, Bulgarian Clusters Association
Herve Floch, General Director, ALPHA RLH Cluster
Gál Körmendy, President, IKOSZ Hungarian National Alliance of Innovative Clusters
Armands Lejas-Krumins, Manager, Food Products Quality Cluster, Chairman of the Board, Latvian Food Competence Center
Giedrius Bagusinskas, Director, Lithuanian Food Exporters Association
Krzysztof Krystowski, President, Polish Clusters Association
Daniel Cosnita, President, Romanian Cluster Association
Antonio Novo, President, Spanish Federation of Innovative Business Groups and Clusters

10:15 – 10:45


Arnoldas Abramavicius, Vice President, Committee of the Regions Bureau
Alberto Núñez Feijóo, President, Regional Government of Galicia
Roberto Ciambetti, President, Veneto Regional Council
Władysław Ortyl, President, Podkarpackie Region
Fabrizio Sala, Vice President, Lombardy Region
Salvatore Castiglione, Vice President in charge of solidarity with the territories and international relations, Hauts-de-France Region
Jaba Phutkaradze, Minister of Finance and Economy, Government of Ajara Autonomous Republic

10:45 – 11:30

Clusters as a Competitive Advantage of Regions

Daniel Cosnita, President, Romanian Cluster Association
Ulla Engelmann, Head of Advanced Technologies, Clusters and Social Economy Unit, European Commission
Herve Floch, General Director, Photonics and Microwaves Competitiveness Cluster in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Antonio Novo, President, National Federation of Innovative Business Groups and Clusters
Krzysztof Krystowski, President, Polish Clusters Association

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Polish Clusters Association

11:30 – 11:45


11:45 – 13:00


Economic Diplomacy – Instruments Supporting Economic Promotion

Vladimír Bärtl, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic
Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic
László György, Minister of State for Economic Strategy and Regulation, Hungarian Ministry for Innovation and Technology
Claudia Dörr-Voß, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Marcin Przydacz, Undersecretary of State for Eastern Policy, Development Cooperation and Economic Diplomacy

Moderator: Marcin Ociepa, Secretary of State, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology of the Republic of Poland, President of the Organizing Committee

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:15

Paradiplomacy and Regional Development

Local self-governments do not run independent foreign policies as they do not possess such authorizations from the central government. As a result, their goals, strategies and forms of international activity have to be consistent with the foreign policy of the central government and the country.
However, nowadays the local self-governments are exceptionally active actors in the field of public diplomacy, especially in its network model. This in fact strengthens their significance in the international relations milieu, which is growing rapidly, especially in the European Union.

Ewa Janczar, Vice President, Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
Normunds Popens, Deputy Director General for Regional Policy, European Commission
Aleksander Siemaszko, Head of European Countries Unit, Department for International Trade, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology of the Republic of Poland

Moderator: Justyna Szczudlik, Deputy Head of the Research and Analysis Office, The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)

14:00 – 14:15


14:15 – 15:15

Panel 1 Construction industry as an innovative branch of the economy

New ecological and energy-saving solutions. Construction 4.0. How innovation and digitalization drive the development of the construction industry.

Irena Łobocka, Coordinator, Sustainable Infrastructure Cluster
Artur Soboń, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Investment and Development
Wojciech Trojanowski, Member of the Management Board, Strabag Sp. z.o.o.
Krzysztof Żarnotal, Management Board Proxy, Synthos S.A.

Moderator: Tomasz Kozłowski, President, Eastern Construction Cluster

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Eastern Construction Cluster

15:15 – 15:45


15:45 – 16:45

How to expand a Brand of a Region? The Local Dimension and Examples of Public Diplomacy

Krzysztof Bramorski, Presidential Plenipotentiary for International
Relations, Lower Silesia Region
Piotr Głowski, Mayor, Piła City Hall
Gian Angelo Bellati, President of the Fiera Longarone Dolomites

Moderator: Andrzej Porawski, Director of the Office of the Association of Polish Cities

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Association of Polish Cities

15:45 – 16:45

Business organizations and the local government – how to achieve a synergy?

Luca Donelli, President, Lombardy Energy Cleantech Cluster
Nicolas Neve de Mevergnies, Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Office of the Brussels-Capital Region in Poland
Tomasz Chmal, Chairman, Business & Science Poland
Jakub Mazur, Vice President, Wrocław City Council
Frederic Nihous, Regional Councilor in Charge of Energy Efficiency, Hauts-de-France Region
Frédéric Marquet, Project Manager in the „REV3” Department, Hauts-de-France Region
Mihai Bogza, Executive Director, Confederatia Patronala Concordia

Moderator: Maciej Drozd, Intrernational Affairs Expert, Communication Department of Polish Confederation Lewiatan

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Polish Confederation Lewiatan

15:45 – 16:45

Science and Business – Examples of Systemic Solutions and Good Practices in Innovation

Jakub Bejnarowicz, Associate Director, Central and Eastern Europe Management Accounting
Ian Haggis, CFO & CRO, Central Europe Industry Partners
Marcin Kraska, Vice President, Łukasiewicz Research Network
Aleksander Arabadzić, Chairman, Academy of European Careers Foundation

Moderator: Izabela Żmudka, Deputy Director of The National Centre for Research and Development

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland

15:45 – 16:45

Panel 2 Automotive

Clusters in the automotive industry are one of the strongest cluster organizations in Europe.
The automotive industry is a leading sector in terms of innovation in R&D spending. New trends: electromobility, industry 4.0, rapid innovation.

Martyna Gatkowska, Expert in the area: Innovations in SMEs, National Contact Point for Research Programs of the European Union
Łukasz Górecki, Manager, Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing Cluster
Marcin Kropidłowski, Management Board Member, Bydgoszcz Industrial Cluster
Ewa Łabno-Falęcka, PhD, Head of Corporate Communication and External Affairs, Mercedes-Benz Polska Sp. z o.o.

Moderator: Luc Palmen, President, InnoCo Sp. z o.o.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing Cluster

16:45 – 17:00


17:00 – 18:00

How to benefit from territorial cooperation?

The session is about the added value of cooperation across borders supported by EU funding programmes (Interreg). It will present concrete cooperation examples and to which changes this cooperation led in the participating regions. And it will look into the future. How the results of this cooperation across borders benefit a wider group and/or are taken up and developed further.

Grzegorz Boroń, Director, Integrated Development Department, Bydgoszcz City Hall
Marta Czarnecka-Gallas, PhD, Project Coordinator, Association of Sea Cities and Municipalities, ’Pomorskie in the EU’ Association
Raimonda Mc Geever, Head of Strategic Planning and Investment Department, Klaipeda District Municipality
Jan Sienkiewicz, Proxy, Agency of Regional Development Inc.
Marek Olszewski, Strategy & Development Manager, Olza Association of Development and Regional Cooperation

Moderator: Philipp Schwartz, Project Manager, INTERACT Agency

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Ministry of Investment and Economic Development of the Republic of Poland

17:00 – 18:00

Direct Forms of Supporting
and Financing the Activities of Clusters

Support for Clusters with the use of public means (European, national and regional funds). The role of National Key Clusters and internationalization of Clusters. Regional forms of direct support for Clusters.

Jakub Chełstowski, President, Silesia Region
Gál Körmendy, President, Hungarian National Alliance of Innovative Clusters (IKOSZ)
Armands Lejas-Krumins, Chairman, Latvian Food Competence Center
Anna Sobczak, Policy Officer, Clusters and Emerging Industry,
European Commission

Moderator: Beata Lubos, Deputy Director, Innovation Department, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology of the Republic of Poland

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Polish Clusters Association

17:00 – 18:00

Scientific and Academic Excellence at the Regional Level – Best Practices

Vera Codazzi, Manager, Lombardy Life Science Cluster
Luca Donelli, President, Lombardy Energy Cleantech Cluster
Prof. Volodymyr Onyshchenko, Rector, Poltava National Technical Yuri Kondratyuk University
Fabrizio Sala, Vice President, Lombardy Region

Moderator: Prof. Lech Dzienis, Rector of the Białystok University of Technology

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland

17:00 – 18:00

Panel 3 Aviation and Drones

Opportunities for the development of industry and services in Poland and the EU, based on new technologies related to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). What are the possible interactions between the „big” aviation and the drones industry?

Leszek Walczak, President of the Management Board – Chief Executive Officer, Military Aviation Works No. 2
Sylwester Wyka, Deputy Director, Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation
Christina Eisenberg, PhD, Network Manager GRW Network CURPAS, CURPAS e.V
Małgorzata Darowska, Proxy of the Minister of Infrastructure for UAV, Ministry of Infrastructure

Moderator: Krzysztof Krystowski, President, Polish Clusters Association and the Silesian Aviation Cluster

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Silesian Aviation Cluster

DAY II - Tuesday, 10 September 2019

8:30 – 16:00


Around 30 various Institutions from diverse backgrounds which stand for the main notions of the Summit – local-government, business, science and NGOs will present and share the activities they undertake on a daily basis. The exhibition zone would be a unique opportunity for all the participants of the Conference to familiarize themselves with the initiatives of those Institutions thus creating a prolific environment which facilitates the growth of awareness, new ideas and cooperation.

09:00 – 09:45


Awards Ceremony of the Key National Clusters

 The actions carried out at the central level are to strengthen concentrated efforts and resources on a specific, selected group of Key National Clusters (KNC), which are understood to be clusters of substantial importance for the country’s economy and the level of its international competitiveness. Currently, the status of the KNC is awarded via an open competition organized by the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology (MPiT). In preceding KNC status competitions, some KNC have been designated to concretely enhance the internationalization of the cluster. This year’s Gala is dedicated to granting the KNC status to 11 National Key Clusters, each of which has passed the verification in the 4th round of the competition for formally attaining the status of KNC.

9:45 – 11:00

Current challenges for the development and integration of the European Defense and Security Sector

Prof. Zdzisław Krasnodębski, Vice-Chair, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, European Parliament
Viorel Manole, Executive Director, Romanian Business Association of the Military Technique Manufacturers
Bartosz Sokoliński, Director, Office for Development and Innovation, Industrial Development Agency JSC
Poul-Erik Hansen, Director Business Networks, CenSec

Moderator: Marcin Kubica, CEO, Lubawa Inc

9:45 – 11:00

Panel 4 Green economy, circular economy, ecological methods of energy production

How to exploit the potential of waste? What is design for recycling?

Joanna Podgórska, Director, Innovation and Business Development Department, PGNiG S.A.
Przemysław Wojdyła, Vice President, Member of The Board, The Association West Pomeranian Chemical Cluster GREEN CHEMISTRY
Agnieszka Jakubiak, Coordinator of R&D areas, The National Center for Research and Development

Moderator: Katarzyna Błachowicz, Manager, Waste Management and Recycling Cluster

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Waste Management and Recycling Cluster

11:00 – 11:30


11:30 – 12:30

The Role of Local Partnership (town twinning) in the Process of European Economic Integration

Local Partnership still constitutes one of the most important opportunities for Europeans to meet directly, share their experiences and exchange knowledge in various fields, such as culture, economy and education, which assist in tructuring the gist of the European unity. The goal of the panel is to present various modes of cooperation and best practices from traditional partnerships in the fields of culture, education and sports, as well as contemporary forms of partnerships which include economic cooperation and/or city management.

Agron Haxhimali, Executive Director, Association of Albanian Municipalities
Artur Kosicki, President, Podlaskie Region
Krzysztof Rymuza, Local Governor, Pruszkowski District
Konrad Cedro, European Affairs Expert, Academy of European Careers Foundation

Moderator: Richard Stephens, Founder & Editor, Poland Today

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Association of Polish Cities and Union of the Provinces of the Republic of Poland

11:30 – 12:30

Clusters as a Mechanism for Attracting Foreign Investments

Do clusters increase the investment attractiveness of the region and/or nation for foreign direct investments? Do clusters intensify this phenomenon through the development of technology, human resources and social capital? Clusters, special economic zones and industrial zones in the process of shaping the economic development of the regions.

Mateusz Rykała, Vice President, Special Economy Zone of Katowice, Inc.
Lucia Seel, Communication & Content Manager, European Clusters Collaboration Platform (ECCP)
Monika Grzelak, Team Leader, Centre for Strategic Investments, Polish Investment and Trade Agency

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Polish Clusters Association

11:30 – 12:30

Scientific Cross-border Cooperation at the Regional Level

Jan Malicki, Director, Eastern Europe College, University of Warsaw
Prof. Robert Sucharski, Dean, “Artes Liberales” Faculty, University of Warsaw
Prof. Jerzy Woźnicki, Chairman, Polish Rectors Foundation
Prof. Taras Finikov, Collegium of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine

Moderator: Marek Kuberski, Deputy Director of the Department of Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland

11:30 – 12:30

Panel 5 Biotech and pharmaceutical industry in Poland

How a traditional sector is transformed into an innovation industry. New technological solutions for health and nutrition. The future of smart biotechnology specializations in the EU.

Radosław Sierpiński, President, The Medical Research Agency
Marek Szołtysik, Director Nutribiomed Cluster, Wroclaw Technology Park
Anna Kacprzyk, Head of Innovation and Public Affairs, The Employers’ Union of Innovative Pharmaceutical Companies INFARMA

Moderator: Paweł Nowicki, President, BTM Fund

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: West Pomeranian Chemical Cluster “Zielona Chemia”

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:30

Regional and Economic Diplomacy Through Transboundary Tourism Cooperation

Transboundary tourism initiatives are an excellent example of regional diplomacy. Joint planning and implementation of tourism-related initiatives, creating joint tourism products and joint marketing and promotion as well as the cooperation between transboundary local governments or protected areas supports socio-economic development, stabilizes international relations, and builds trust, respect and security.

Marta Mills, Sustainable Tourism Specialist, Onet Planet Blog
Anna Biernacka-Rygiel PhD, Key Account Manager, Lewiatan Confederation
Ján Ferenčák, Mayor, Municipality Kežmarok
Marek Olszewski, Strategy and Development Manager, Olza Association of Development and Regional Cooperation

Moderator: Adam Mikołajczyk, Co-founder & CEO, Best Place – European Place Marketing Institute

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Polish Tourism Organisation

13:30 – 14:30

Cluster Internationalization as a Bridge to Build International Business Connections (including SMEs)

Participation of a company in a cluster and internationalization of its economic activity. Are enterprises better able to find the ways of international expansion through their activities in clusters? Promotion of the products and services in foreign markets. Strengthening cooperation between cluster members and foreign entities.

Giedrius Bagusinskas, Director, Lithuanian Food Exporters Association
Teodora Jilikova, Member, Managing Board, Health & Life Sciences Cluster, Bulgaria
Petr Tomášek, Executive Manager, Moravian Aviation Cluster
Przemysław Wojdyła, Vice President, West Pomeranian Chemical Cluster “Zielona Chemia”
Mikołaj Różycki, Vice President, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development
Esther Joly, President, MYE start-up, Hauts-de-France
Paul Garvin, Chief Operating Officer, MIYE

Moderator: Natalie Kvachantiradze, president of the Georgian Tourism Association (GTA)

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Polish Clusters Association

13:30 – 14:30

Supporting University Internationalization and Integration

Łukasz Wojdyga, Director, National Agency for Academy Exchange (NAWA)
Andrzej Burgs, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Sygnis New Technologies
Justyna Orłowska, Program Director, GovTech Poland
Prof. Remigiusz Napiecek, Lecturer, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Moderator: Wiktoria Herun, Coordinator of “Study in Lublin”

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland

13:30 – 14:30

Panel 6 ICT / Cyber security

ICT is the main driver of revolutionary technological and market changes. Clusters in the ICT area are the most common form of business innovation clusters in Europe and worldwide. Industry 4.0 is based on the ICT revolution.

Mariusz Stachnik, President, Mazovia ICT Cluster
Krzysztof Surgowt, President, Veriori
Rafał Jaczyński, Regional Cyber Security Officer, CEE & Nordics, Huawei Polska
Piotr Olesiński, President, ITM S.A.

Moderator: Wojciech Moczulski, President, Skytech Research Sp. z o.o.


14:30 – 14:45


14:45 – 15:45

Successful Cross-border Cooperation of Cities and Regions

The goal of the panel is to present various forms of cross-border cooperation – ranging from cooperation of border cities, through multilateral city partnerships, to cooperation of euroregions, including those within the European Union and involving Poland’s eastern neighbors.

Gabriela Staszkiewicz, Mayor, Cieszyn City Hall
Joost de Laat, International Affairs Advisor, Noord-Brabant Province
Barbara Zilli, Minister of Finance, Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia

Moderator: Maciej Drozd, Intrernational Affairs Expert, Communication Department of Polish Confederation Lewiatan

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Association of Polish Cities and Union of the Provinces of the Republic of Poland

14:45 – 15:45

The Role of Cluster Organizations in the Process of Regional Reindustrialization

Christina Eisenberg, PhD, Treasurer of the Association, Civil Use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (CURPAS)
Andrzej Soldaty, Chairman, Future Industry Platform
Anna Sobczak, Policy Officer for Clusters and Emerging Industries, European Commission
Maciej Kraska, Vice President of Łukasiewicz Research Network for Research and Development

Moderator: Prof. Anna Timofiejczuk, Dean, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Silesian University of Technology

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Polish Clusters Association

14:45 – 15:45

Promotional activity of business affiliated institutions in favor of the international trade

Mariusz Tomaka, President, USPTC Poland
Hanna Stypułkowska-Goutierre, Honorary Chairman, Polish Chamber of Commerce Abroad
Wojciech Śniegowski, President, Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce
Piotr Pomian-Kruszyński, Director, Area Expansion, Polish Investment and Trade Agency

Moderator: Wojciech Dzięgiel, Manager, International Cooperation Team, Industrial Development Agency JSC

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Industrial Development Agency JSC

14:45 – 15:45

Panel 7 Tourism – a new area of cluster activity

Tourism is a highly internationalized industry, requiring numerous international links. Tourism clusters are a natural response to innovation requirements and, at the same time, to the need for greater cooperation and coordination between small and medium-sized enterprises, which constitute the majority of entities in the tourism sector. Tourism is important for the regional economy and very often has a regional character. It is also an area where industrially less developed regions can specialize.

Bogusław Holeksa, President, Kotarz Arena
Jerzy Pilch, Mayor, Commune of Brenna
Andrzej Szostak, President, FlySpot
Teodora Jilkova, Managing Board Member, Bulgarian Clusters Association

Moderator: Krzysztof Krystowski, President, Polish Clusters Association and the Silesian Aviation Cluster

15:45 – 16:00



Seminar "Galicia: Investments, Talent and Innovation”

Szanowni Państwo!

W dniu 9 września 2019 (poniedziałek) będzie przebywał z wizytą w Warszawie Prezydent regionu Galicji Pan Alberto Núñez Feijóo wraz z delegacją przedstawicieli firm i instytucji z tej części Hiszpanii. Motywem przyjazdu jest uczestnictwo delegacji w Regional and Economic Diplomacy Summit 2019 organizowanym przez Ministerstwo Przedsiębiorczości i Technologii.

Podczas Szczytu organizowane jest Seminarium „Galicja: Inwestycje, talent i innowacje” – prezentacja możliwości współpracy z regionem Galicji dla firm i instytucji polskich.

Głównymi sektorami, na których chcemy skupić Państwa uwagę są:

  • sektor spożywczy (w tym konserwy rybne i z owoców morza),
  • sektor motoryzacyjny,
  • ochrona zdrowia,
  • rozwój współpracy między portami morskimi,
  • kultura i turystyka,
  • technologie informacyjno-komunikacyjne.

Mamy przyjemność zaprosić Państwa do udziału w tym spotkaniu, które rozpocznie się dnia 9 września o godz. 10:45 w Hotel Hilton, Meeting Room 2, ul. Grzybowska 63, 00-844 Warszawa.


Liczba miejsc ograniczona, decyduje kolejność zgłoszeń. Możliwość uczestnictwa tylko po otrzymaniu potwierdzenia od organizatorów. W celu uzyskania szczegółów prosimy o kontakt z p. Moniką Wasążnik, e-mail: m.wasaznik@phig.pl, tel. +48 22 630 94 13.

Szczegółowy program Seminarium znajdą Państwo poniżej.

Side-event: "Dialogue et intégration francophones. Potentiel de développement d’une coopération dans divers domaines."

Le 10 septembre de cette année (10:00 – 16:00) aura lieu un side-event intitulé “Dialogue et intégration francophones. Potentiel de développement d’une coopération dans divers domaines.” dans le cadre du Regional and Economic Diplomacy Summit (REDS 2019), les 9 et 10 septembre. L’idée d’organiser l’événement reflète un engagement dans le dialogue et l’intégration francophones dans de nombreuses dimensions politiques, culturelles et économiques.

Cet événement sera une excellente occasion de contribuer conjointement aux idées préconisées pour promouvoir la francophonie en Europe et dans le monde. Ce n’est pas sans raison que nous disons que le français est plus que jamais une langue créative. C’est sur l’idée de la coopération francophone que de grands projets internationaux tels que des organisations, des institutions européennes, des initiatives communes, des programmes et des entreprises sont créés. Il faut s’attendre à ce que l’événement de Varsovie apporte une contribution à l’espace francophone, ce qui crée des possibilités de coopération internationale.

La francophonie n’est pas seulement une langue car la coopération est perceptible à plusieurs niveaux: politique, économique, culturel aux niveaux régional et mondial, bilatéral, multilatéral en Europe, en Afrique, en Amérique du Nord et dans les Caraïbes, au Moyen-Orient et en Asie, ainsi que dans le Pacifique.

Aujourd’hui, la francophonie gère un outil institutionnel tel que l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie ou d’autres formes de coopération qui contribuent à la visibilité de ses activités. Les initiatives internationales permettent le partage des connaissances et un dialogue efficace dans les domaines de la politique, de l’économie, du développement des entreprises, du renforcement des capacités en matière d’innovation, de la culture, de l’éducation et de la jeunesse.

Pourquoi participer à ce side-event?
À Varsovie, nous voulons montrer l’importance de la coopération francophone dans cette partie de l’Europe. Nous voulons aussi rappeler les défis actuels de la francophonie.

Quel sera cet événement?

  • ce side event a pour but de créer un espace de discussion et de coopération internationale;
  • nous voulons faire de cet événement quelque chose de plus qu’une simple réunion/conférence;
  • cet événement aura lieu à Varsovie – une ville où le français était et est important;
  • la réunion est organisée sous les auspices du Groupe des Ambassades et Des Institutions Francophones (GADIF) en Pologne;
  • le programme comportera des présentations intéressantes en compagnie d’excellents invités.

L’inscription à REDS 2019 vous permet de participer à ce side event: https://regiosummit.pl/

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez-pas à nous contacter:
Ewa Baranowska, courriel: ewa.baranowska@mpit.gov.pl , téléphone: +48 22 262 9718
Zbigniew Skrzyński, courriel: zbigniew.skrzynski@mpit.gov.pl, téléphone: +48 22 262 9775


Participation of disabled people

The organizer provides participation in the conference for people with disabilities.

People with disabilities will have equal rights to:

  • participation;
  • understanding;
  • communicating;
  • taking advantage of the effects of the Conference

Please inform the organizer about your requirements in advance in order to allow the organizer to adapt to your needs.

Main organizer

The main organizer of the conference is the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology of the Republic of Poland, which stresses the issue of increasing the attractiveness of the regions and local communities through stimulating ecosystems and involving the main stakeholders from the economic and science sector.

Among the institutions invited to cooperate are the representatives of central and regional governments, all branches and levels of local governments and self-government organizations; economic self-government institutions; representatives of local business; analytical and research centers as well as independent experts from Poland and the world.

Honorary co-organizers

Honorary foreign co-organizers comprise

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Polish Ministries

Honorary Partners


Media Partners


Goals and tasks of the conference

The main goal of the Summit will be to demonstrate the importance of international cooperation as a leading force for the development of local communities. Foreign contacts of local authorities have become known as self-government diplomacy, understood as part of public diplomacy.

The Conference is expected to inspire and facilitate the debate within the participants on the subject of the comprehensive approach to the matters of regional and economic diplomacy in addition to promoting territorial and scientific cooperation. Furthermore, the objectives of the Summit comprise:

  • promoting regional cooperation in particular areas,
  • creating a unique platform for exchanging and establishing contacts between stakeholders from the country and abroad,
  • debating about the strategic areas of regional cooperation,
  • analyzing the best practices of creating ecosystems supporting local development,
  • studying the interdisciplinary dimension of regional and economic diplomacy,
  • emphasizing innovation in regional and economic diplomacy,
  • underlining the role and position of Poland in the process of shaping regional policy in Europe

The assumed goals will be implemented through: interdisciplinary approach to issues and challenges, interactive formats and stands as well as an international debate of practitioners and specialists.p>

The anticipated effects of the Summit include: greater support of the country’s promotion through regional and economic diplomacy, advancements within the international dimension of regional cooperation establishment, strengthening individual and institutional relations between Polish as well as foreign participants, signing agreements on economic and scientific-technical cooperation, increasing the scope of regional cooperation on Polish local government level, creating the foundations for establishing the European Network of Experts in Regional and Economic Diplomacy – ENERED.


The conference program consists of various formats providing interactive discussion in three main thematic streams:

Self-government Zone

  • National and European instruments for financing foreign tasks of self-government,
  • Local government diplomacy as an innovative instrument of region management,
  • How much coordination and independence should there be in conducting international cooperation by self-governments? – relations with the central administration,
  • Effectiveness of international cooperation of local governments – selected thematic areas,
  • Models of cooperation between self-governments and central administration in the areas of economy and science. EU regional policy as a mechanism which supports the international cooperation of local self-governments,
  • Diplomacy of global cities as a challenge for foreign policy,
  • ontribution of local communities to achieving global development goals by 2030.

Economy Zone

  • Support in expansion and promotion on non-EU markets – e.g. USA, China,
  • Large-scale local economic cooperation,
  • Long-term EU regional development programs,
  • Cross-border regional cooperation programs,
  • Challenges for the regional economy caused by the Chinese formula 16+1,
  • Economic cooperation of local governments with Ukraine.

Knowledge Zone

  • Universities as an important partner of regional development and international cooperation,
  • How to retain or draw in the outstanding research units at the regional level?,
  • Promoting higher education institutions on Asian markets,
  • Case study – medical schools advertising,
  • Teaching and research as a basis for the development of international cooperation among universities.

The conference is expected to

enable the participants to start a debate on a comprehensive approach to the issues of
regional and economic diplomacy as well as to promote the territorial and scientific cooperation.

The Regional and Economic Diplomacy Summit 2019 organized in Warsaw on September 9th and 10th is a conference of regional and national level decision makers as well as experts working in self-government organizations and institutions, further supported by the related analytical centers, universities and private sector entities.

One of the main program establishments of the REDS 2019 Summit are interdisciplinarity and internationalization, which justify extended organizational and program cooperation with partners from Poland and abroad.

The debate will be based on a holistic approach to the issues around regional, economic and science diplomacy. The promotion of entrepreneurship in the relations between regions and local communities will also be a crucial component. The effective coordination of actions undertaken to promote the national economy among international markets through local ecosystems conditions the successful expansion thus strengthening competitiveness and attractiveness of the economy.

The key partner in building solid and dynamic regional cooperation are higher education institutions as well as science and research units, which define the direction for their cooperation not only in the field of education, but also within the individual sectors of the economy.

Simultaneously, one of the crucial elements of the foreign policy is the economic diplomacy, articulated, among others, through the promotion of Polish economy and entrepreneurship as well as appealing to the foreign investors. Regional cooperation is therefore one of the most vital tools for achieving the objectives of economic diplomacy.

During the Summit, a platform associating Polish and foreign experts will be inaugurated. A series of meetings serving as the means of exchanging experiences and the launch of new cooperation will also take place.

Throughout the conference several distinct formats of activities are planned and include the following: plenary sessions, workshop sessions, working groups, presentations and workshops, agreements signing as well as the exhibition zone – a venue for the presentation of Polish and foreign partners.

To participate in the Summit, we cordially invite representatives of central and regional offices, all levels of local government units and associations of local governments; economic self-government institutions; representatives of local business; analytical and research centers as well as independent experts from Poland and the world.


Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre,
ul. Grzybowska 63,
00-844 Warszawa
phone: +48 22 356 5555
fax: +48 22 356 55 56
e-mail: info.warsaw@hilton.com
website: www.hiltonhotels.com

How to get there?


We encourage you to take advantage of the discount offer for hotel accommodation on 8-10 September for the delegates participating in the REDS 2019.

Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre

Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre

Grzybowska 63 street

Guests wishing to make a reservation using the REDS code word are asked to call the following phone number: +48 22 356 5554
or book their stay via the following direct link:

This special room rate will be available until 28.08.2019 or until the group block is sold-out.

Hotel Mercure Warszawa Grand

Hotel Mercure Warszawa Grand

Krucza 28 street

10% discount from the price of the day (the offer cannot be combined with other special prices offered by the hotel within this period). The discount is also included in the price of accommodation with connectors.

In order to make a reservation please contact the reservation department and state the code word “REDS”:
Tel. +48 22 583 21 12 lub +48 22 583 21 11
e-mail: h3384-re1@accor.com

Holiday Inn Warsaw City Centre

Holiday Inn Warsaw City Centre

Twarda 52 street

10% discount from the price of the day.
To obtain the preferred rate, please state the REDS or REDS 2019 code word.

Reservations could be made either by phone or e-mail.
Tel: +48 22 257 66 77
Fax: +48 22 257 66 66
e-mail: res.hiwarsaw@ihg.com    

Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology

In the case of organizational matters please contact:
e-mail: summit@mpit.gov.pl

Contact details of the main organizer of the Summit:
Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology
Pl. Trzech Krzyży 3/5
00-507 Warsaw, Poland
NIP: 701 079 79 20
REGON: 36 92 67 361
e-mail: kancelaria.mpit@mpit.gov.pl
website: https://www.gov.pl/web/przedsiebiorczosc-technologia

Contact for the media:
Press Unit
Department of Communication

tel.: +48 22 262 91 64
tel.: +48 22 262 98 89
tel.: +48 783 920 423

e-mail: dziennikarze@mpit.gov.pl


Izabela Wojtyczka
Regional and Economic Diplomacy Summit 2019 Coordinator

Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology
e-mail: izabela.wojtyczka@mpit.gov.pl

Julia Grzybowska
Organizational Management and Coordination, Partners Coordinator

Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology
e-mail: julia.grzybowska@mpit.gov.pl

Krzysztof Boguta
National and Foreign Partners Coordinator

Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology
e-mail: krzysztof.boguta@mpit.gov.pl

Paweł Andrejczuk
Organizational Management and Coordination, Exhibitors Coordinator

Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology
e-mail: pawel.andrejczuk@mpit.gov.pl

Zofia Idziak
Organizational Management and Coordination

Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology
e-mail: zofia.idziak@mpit.gov.pl