The highlight of the visit was the Ambassador’s speech at the Wrocław University of Technology at the inauguration of the academic year 2013/14. Ambassador Barnett underscored the pivotal role of innovation and new technologies in the post-crisis EU economy and the new areas they create for an even tighter bilateral co-operation between the UK and Poland. He welcomed close ties between the Wrocław University of Technology and Coventry University as well as wished the future generation of Polish engineers best of luck in their academic and professional endeavours in the years to come.
The visit was part of the Embassy’s active programme to expand political and commercial contacts with Poland’s sixteen regions. To that end, the ambassador discussed British trade and investment engagement in Wrocław and the wider Dolnośląskie region with local business circles. The ambassador’s visit also helped keep up the momentum following the visit of the GREAT Bus to Wrocław in September. The GREAT Bus promoting the GREAT Campaign in Poland and Emerging Europe had attracted significant attention of the citizens and authorities of Wrocław. Its Mayor, Rafał Dutkiewicz, had paid a visit to the bus and spoke about trade and investment opportunities in the region.