Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the 28th Economic Forum on the role of sport and challenges for the modern economy

At the 28th Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdrój, the Prime Minister was the special guest of two discussion panels: “The role of professional sport and physical culture in the social and economic development of Poland” and “Can Poland be a key player in the competition for the Silicon Valley in CEE?”

Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

Sport as out national pride

“I am glad that the current government manages to look at sport as a whole. Starting from educating children and young people, finding talents, or a disciplined training process, to those talents which in adulthood will become our champions of Poland, Europe and the world,” said the Prime Minister during the panel on promoting physical culture and the influence of sport on shaping of social attitudes.

The Prime Minister noticed that the current actions of the government in the area of sport are not limited to investments in infrastructure, but also include actions in the area of “who trains whom and how”. Among the actions aimed at looking at sport and physical culture as a whole, the Prime Minister mentioned the programme “Scout” by the Ministry of Sports and Tourism. As he said, under the programme, “in each gmina we have a trainer or teacher appointed, whose task is to find talents, which will make it possible to pass on this youngster in an appropriate way”.

What is more, the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki emphasised the fact that the expenditure on sport has been increased significantly. “They increased by 93% compared to the expenditure from three–four years ago.” He added that this possibility is related to the tightening of the tax system. “Today, Poland – through tightening of the tax system – can afford various investments and wise use of resources.”

According to the Prime Minister, “the actions proposed may make the Polish sport our national pride”.

Creating new branches of the economy

During his visit at the 28th Economic Forum, the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki took part in a discussion concerning the challenges in creating new branches of the economy. The discussions also concerned the necessary conditions that should be met in order to support Polish companies in achieving global successes.

“The computer games industry is our export gem,” said the Prime Minister. He noted that “it is important to have as much industries as possible, in which our skills, our creativity, will be coupled with economic development, because games may be virtual, but the profits and jobs are real”.

The Prime Minister announced solutions beneficial for game producers, including tax exemptions if the game contains cultural elements, as well as promotion of games by the Polish Investment & Trade Agency.

In conclusion, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said: “I would like for the next game like ‘The Witcher’ to be based, for example, on ‘Monte Cassino’ by Wańkowicz, or on Fiedler, or even Sienkiewicz, because it is difficult to imagine a better promotion of Poland than what has been done by the gaming industry”.

SpeedUp Energy Innovation Fund

In the presence of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki an agreement for establishment of SpeedUp Energy Innovation Fund (SEI) was signed. PGE, PFR and NCBR will invest PLN 100 million in the most innovative start-ups.

"I would like to congratulate Polish Energy Group, Polish Development Fund and National Centre for Research and Development on setting up the Fund. This is what Polish economy needs – real needs, such as in electricity sector where innovation is a song of the future, supported by capital resources and experience of such institution as National Centre for Research and Development. I am sure that these skills will benefit for Polish economy and will constitute an element of development in the near future," said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki after agreement between PFR, PGE and NCBR was signed.

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