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    Crisis behind us, transformation ahead – are Polish banks and companies ready for historical challenges?

    Recovery from a pandemic, green investments, digitalization – all these topics, crucial from the perspective of the business and finance world, were discussed during the 7th edition of the Corporate and Investment Banking Congress. For two days representatives of banks, state institutions and private enterprises discussed the opportunities and challenges facing the Polish market in the coming months and years.

    The Warsaw Stock Exchange, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is a symbol of Poland’s successful economic transformation from a centrally planned to a free-market economy. Having started with only five listed companies, it now boasts over a thousand issuers and is the most important stock exchange in Central and Eastern Europe.


    Its headquarters hosted the participants of the Corporate and Investment Banking Congress on October 25-26, organized at another turning point for the Polish economy.


    “We can say that we have dealt with the crisis and managed to overcome the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic. After last year’s GDP decline, we are now seeing a very strong rebound, with macroeconomic indicators returning to pre-pandemic levels. Now we have to focus both on new challenges, resulting, among others, from the implementation of the EU climate targets, and on opportunities related to the return of a large part of the industry to Europe, including Poland,” said Jerzy Kwieciński, Vice-President of the Management Board of Bank Pekao SA.


    For the seventh time, the Corporate and Investment Banking Congress brought together representatives of all key entities and sectors forming the Polish financial ecosystem. Representatives of the largest commercial banks, government institutions, and think tanks took part in subsequent debates devoted to the strategic goals facing the domestic and global economy. The Congress was also an opportunity for the numerous entrepreneurs attending the event – both from large companies and the SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) segment – to talk to experts, exchange views and experiences and establish new business relations.


    The Corporate and Investment Banking Congress is organized by EKF – an independent think tank focusing on economic and financial issues. Its objective is to propose and support measures that stimulate the financial security and stability of Poland and the European Union. The event was co-organized by Bank Pekao SA and the Warsaw Stock Exchange, with strategic partners: KUKE SA and the Polish Development Fund.


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