Four years which for politicians seems like eternity even a few months after an election victory will appear to be a much shorter perspective in a year. Time is running and we are still waiting for specifics, particularly when it comes to the economy – President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski writes in “Rzeczpospolita”.
– Is it so strange that we want to know how the government sees Polish economy not in a month or a year, but in 10 or 15 years? What is our growth model? – he asks.
– We would like to know who is in chargé of the state’s economic policy? Establishing a Ministry of Development and entrusting it to Mateusz Morawiecki was intended as a guarantee that the economy will be managed efficiently – the most important issue. But all of a sudden Piotr Gliński, Minister of Culture, declares as the first deputy PM he will have an impact on the country’s economic policy. Maybe the responsibilities of particular ministers should be clearly delineated. Not to know who to blame or praise in four years’ time, but to provide the people responsible for the vision of economic development with appropriate competences and instruments to carry it out – he adds.
The President of Employers of Poland emphasizes that entrepreneurs want to know how the government wants to escape the average growth trap or support export and innovation. In his opinion, minister Morawiecki’s statements about strengthening Polish capital sound promising, but more specific information is needed to assess them properly – among others on the impact of the hypermarket tax on Polish producers or the influence of the bank tax on the fluidity of company financing.
– Neither banks nor hypermarkets can be shaped like play-doh. They are will certainly defend themselves against new burdens, shifting them to others to the detriment of clients and the economy as a whole. What are the ideas on how to avoid it? – Malinowski remarks.
Announcements on combat against the grey market and business crimes are also short on details. – What will change specifically? These phenomena were target before as well. The problem is that the victims were innocent entrepreneurs, particularly those who happened to be within the tax authorities’ strike range, while professional tax abusers run riot. Finally, how to introduce e-administration? After all we have been trying to implement it for almost as long as it took the Chosen People to get to the Promised Land – asks the President of Employers of Poland.
– Everyone who has ever had the experience of being “in power” will know that while sitting at the steering will one can feel like in a time machine speeding forward. Time flies much faster than it normally does. Polish economy cannot afford to waste it. For those at the helm of the state time is power, for us business people, time is money. You may accuse us of an excessively mercantile approach or over-the-top pragmatism, but please remember that this will decide whether change in Poland is truly good and even whether there is any change at all – Malinowski concludes.