The maritime economy development strategy of Gdynia has been esteemed by specialist magazine Financial Times in a ranking of the Polish City of the Future. In this ranking, Gdynia receives the award for the third time in a row, which is the confirmation of its economic potential.
The ranking of the FDI Magazine comprises cities which have attracted the largest number of foreign investors. Each of them is subject to a detailed analysis in terms of five aspects – economic potential, human capital and lifestyle, cost-effectiveness, friendliness to business as well as communications and availability. The sixth category is evaluated too: strategy. It has no influence on the general outcome, however it is awarded separately. Gdynia obtained the reward exactly in this category – FDI Strategy for the maritime economy development strategy.
This exceptionally prestigious distinction is the evidence of a permanent development trend of Gdynia and confirms the rightness of the development direction chosen by local self-government, based on the maritime economy. The magazine is read by investors all over the world. The award will be collected by Mayor Wojciech Szczurek in Cannes at the biggest investment fairs in Europe – MIPIM.
This reward undoubtedly contributes to recognition of Gdynia on the investment market. As a city from outside the largest five ones in Poland, with short history, we tend to cope with this problem abroad. Like on call, we receive the title as a remedy i.e. publication of the ranking in the magazine and as the icing on the cake – a gala with presentation of the awards organized in such a place and at such time that all the most important players and decision-makers observe it. This helps very much to end on the list of potential locations – and once we are there, we have a tool to convince. Personally, I am also very satisfied with the fact that regular success in this difficult ranking confirms the rightness of the strategic economic decisions and, ipso facto, encourages us to further intense work for the benefit of development of Gdynia,” adds Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, Vice-Mayor of Gdynia in charge of economy.