Conference: Investments and Energy

A conference “Silesia Metropolis – Investments and Energy” organized by the City of Katowice, the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland and the Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia will be held on 17th of September 2010 in the “Opal” Conference Hall of the angelo Hotel (24 Sokolska Street).

As can be read in an official description, the conference is aimed at demonstrating the increasing investment potential of Katowice and the Agglomeration in the light of the Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia. It will present Katowice and the Municipal Association of Upper Silesia as an example of planned and successfully managed metropolises, discussing the need of metropolis development planning and further strengthening international cooperation – especially with US partners.

A trade mission from Colorado will participate in the conference, presenting business opportunities awaiting in Colorado and searching for partners in Poland.

There will also be presented the energy potential of Metropolis and its role in securing energy for Poland. A one panel of the conference was dedicated to energy issues, and representatives of the energy sector as well as important decision makers were invited.


9.30-10.00 a.m. Registration

10.00-10.05 a.m. A welcoming speech, Mr. Piotr Uszok, Mayor of Katowice City
10.05-10.10 a.m. A welcoming speech, Mrs. Monika Pilarska, Regional Director, The American Chamber of Commerce

„Investment Potential of Silesia Metropolis”

10.10.-10.40 a.m. „It is worth to invest in Silesia Metropolis” Mr. Piotr Uszok, Katowice Mayor, The Municipal Association of Upper Silesia
10.40-11.00 a.m. „American Investments in Poland” Ms. Monika Pilarska, Regional Director, American Chamber of Commerce
11.00-11.20 a.m. „IBM Executive Service Corps in Katowice and the Silesia Metropolis”, Ms. Jolanta Jaworska, Governmental Programs Executive CEE IBM
11.20-11.40 a.m. Presentation of Colorado delegation, Mr. Windham Loopesko
11.40-12.00 a.m. Coffee break
12.00-12.20 p.m. Regional Chamber of Commerce presentation, Mr Krzysztof Wilgus, Vice President of the Council of the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Katowice
12.20-12.40 p.m. Presentation of Katowice Special Economic Zone, Mr. Andrzej Pasek, Vice President, KSEZ
12.40-12.50 p.m. Skanska presentation, Mr. Łukasz Kwieciński, Leasing Negotiator, Skanska Property Poland
12.50-1.30 p.m. Lunch

“Energy security”

1.30-1.50 p.m. “U.S. Experience and Foreign Policy on Shale Gas”, Mr. Chuck Ashley, Deputy Economic Counselor, U.S. Embassy in Warsaw
1.50-2.10 p.m. Ministry of Economy presentation, Mrs. Joanna Strzelec-Łobodzińska, Deputy Minister of Economy,
2.10-2.30 p.m. Katowice Mining Holding presentation, Mr. Roman Łój, Vice President, KHW
2.30-2.50 p.m. Tauron presentation, Mr. Dariusz Lubera, President, Tauron
2.50-3.10 p.m. Central Mining Institute presentation, Mr. Ireneusz Pyka Phd.
3.10-3.50 p.m. Panel discussion “Energy security”
3.50 p.m. Conference summary

The conference is free of charge. A polish–english simultaneous translation will be provided.

Find enclosed the conference registration form at

Return the completed registration form no later than 15 September 2010 by e-mail: [email protected]

After 15th of September 2010 the confirmations of registered forms will be sent.