Between 6 and 8 September, the ICE Kraków Congress Center will bring together more than 1,000 business leaders, government representatives and economists. This year's ABSL Summit 2023 "Lead the Way, Stay Ahead," organized by the Association of Business Service Leaders (ABSL), will feature speakers including Anders Fogh Rasmussen, esteemed Danish politician and former Secretary General of NATO; Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, historian, and commentator; Mark Brzezinski, US Ambassador to Poland; and Beata Javorcik, Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London.
The ABSL Summit is a key event in Central and Eastern Europe and one of the largest on the continent for the business services sector, examining global trends and their impact on economic and social development. Topics at the event will include business resilience and the sector’s ability to adapt as well as charting paths for further growth.
Janusz Dziurzyński, President of ABSL, notes: - The ABSL Summit each time focuses on the most relevant topics faced by representatives of companies in the business services sector - an industry that already employs more than 400,000 people in Poland and has become one of the main growth engines for the country’s economy. The scale, maturity and flexibility of the sector have made the CEE region the location of choice for investors. With innovation, the ability to both adapt to change and grow regardless of the economic climate, the sector has the potential to stay ahead and become a driving force for economic recovery, both to the west and east of our borders. Kraków plays a key role in this ecosystem and can also inspire by sharing its experience.
Kraków to host ABSL Summit 2023
The host city of the ABSL Summit 2023 is Kraków - one of the key locations for projects in Europe’s business services sector. The city has maintained its leading position in terms of employment in the sector for a number of years now. Almost one in four people who work in the sector are employed in centers located in Kraków. Last year, the number of employees in the sector in the Malopolska region’s capital exceeded 90,000, proving that the location is the most important business services center in Central and Eastern Europe.
Jerzy Muzyk, Deputy Mayor of Kraków, host city of the ABSL Summit 2023, emphasizes: Kraków has been attracting companies and investors for years, providing great opportunities for growth for both new and existing representatives of the modern services sector. This doesn't happen without a reason - the highly qualified workforce, for whom the city provides an excellent quality of life, as well as the availability of high-end office space make Krakow an excellent location for business. We are proud that it is in our city that innovative ideas for product development, technology and business processes are being born. There will certainly be no shortage of inspiring topics at the upcoming "ABSL Summit," so I would like to invite you to attend the event and take advantage of the hospitality offered in Kraków.
Experts looking boldly into the future, setting trends and developments
The ABSL Summit 2023 will feature world-renowned experts such as Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who has played a key role in European and global politics for more than three decades as Secretary General of NATO, Prime Minister of Denmark, Danish Minister of Economic Affairs, and a leading Danish parliamentarian; Pulitzer Prize-winning, esteemed journalist, historian and author Anne Applebaum, as well as Beata Javorcik Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, and Mark Brzezinski, US Ambassador to Poland. During the two days of the ABSL Summit 2023, there will be a series of debates, discussions, lectures, with two of the most prominent being the opening debate Clash of the titans: "Stay ahead with global economic and political outlook" on the global economic and political outlook; and the Oxford debate, on artificial intelligence and the future of the labor market - "AI Apocalypse: GenAI is coming for your job.
The Association of Business Service Leaders brings together over 240 of the world's largest companies, representing a sector in which over 400,000 people are currently employed in Poland. Over 1.7 thousand service centers, dispersed in more than 80 cities, create a thriving sector that supports economic development thanks to, among other things, innovative solutions implemented by international corporations. The goal is to build attractive and sustainable ecosystems that, thanks to this positive commitment, will create new, valuable jobs and will responsibly develop investments and business in local communities. More details at abslsummit.com.