Prime Minister Beata Szydło: we give Poles a new model of economic development

On Tuesday, the government adopted the “Plan for responsible development”. The programme indicates new directions of the state’s activity and stimuli which will ensure stable development for the Polish economy in the future. “We want each Polish citizen to have a chance to benefit from the development” – the prime minister said during the programme’s presentation.

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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

The preparation of the document is closely connected with the exposé of Prime Minister Beata Szydło, in which she strongly emphasised that her government’s most important task is Poland’s development and breaking the country out of the medium development trap. The press conference devoted to the Plan was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Mateusz Morawiecki, who presented its details.

Five pillars of development

We want Poland’s development to be coordinated and even – Prime Minister Beata Szydło said, and added that she wants everybody to benefit from that development, irrespective of the place of residence. “Plan for responsible development” presents a new approach to the economic policy and key undertakings which will create the basis for development of a modern, competitive and balanced economy. The responsible development will be based on five pillars:

  • reindustrialisation,
  • development of innovative companies,
  • capital for development,
  • expansion abroad,
  • balanced social and regional development.

Furthermore, projects implemented with the use of EU funds are expected to better support Poland’s development objectives. The plan also provides for creation of a system of smart public procurement and including it in the development policy. In addition, Start in Poland programme, which will create conditions for development of Polish start-ups, will be implemented. Another element of the plan is the support for long-term savings and building of the savings culture, as well as promotion of and support for the idea of employee share ownership.

Consequently, more quality jobs should be created, and all citizens should benefit from the GDP increase to a bigger extent than so far.

Package for entrepreneurs

We are not afraid to say that capital has nationality – the prime minister pointed out. At the same time, she pointed out that she wants the Polish brand to be strong and recognised all over the world, so that Polish companies have an opportunity to compete with the best ones globally. She added that the government intends to rebuild the Polish industry.

We have to give a chance to Polish companies, which from small ones will become medium-sized ones, and from medium-sized ones big ones – the prime minister said.  

The Plan stipulates that new solutions will be developed in the fields which are particularly important to small and medium-sized enterprises, e.g.

  • new Business Constitution, i.e. an act which will comprehensively regulate rules of conducting business in Poland (it will replace the act on freedom of business activity),
  • rules for succession of sole proprietorships,
  • solutions which will make setting up and conducting one’s own business easier,
  • tools helping companies pursue amounts due effectively,
  • liquidation of unnecessary licences and permits.

Furthermore, changes will be introduced to better implement public procurement so that it brings more benefits (also to companies which are awarded contracts). It is expected that the lowest price criterion will be done away with, as well as points for innovativeness and social clauses promoting stable jobs will be introduced.

Polish Development Fund

One development fund will be created in place of a few institutions - Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said. The fund will be created on the basis of the existing development institutions (certain tasks of Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP), Polish Development Investments (PIR), Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIIZ), Industrial Development Agency (ARP) and Export Credit Insurance Corporation (KUKE). It will integrate and sort out the tools offered by these institutions, as well as offer new ones. Consequently, their effectiveness will increase. Furthermore, the fund will increase the possibility of raising capital for investment projects offered on preferential terms and conditions by international financial institutions.

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