In the seat of the Ministry of Economy took place an official inauguration of the activity of the Platform “Polish Defence Industry” combined with a seminar entitled "The role of the defence industry in the development of local communities”. The event was organized by the Employers of Poland.
The defence industry, apart from the Polish Armed Forces, is one of the key factors to ensure the independence of the country. It also performs some important economic functions - creates jobs, and serves as a source of revenue from taxes and dividends.
Nowadays, Polish defence industry has to face two major issues - the consolidation of the industry and the establishment of cooperation with foreign partners. The creation of a competitive and reliable supplier of arms to both the Polish Armed Forces and for foreign buyers is supposed to be the final of the process of change taking place in the “armaments industry".
- Consolidation of the industry is a great opportunity and a great challenge at the same time – said the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Janusz Piechociński, during the official inauguration of the Platform "Polish Defence Industry" (PPO ). - Large, global companies increasingly appropriate the market. Therefore, some Polish specialties need to be created. In order to achieve it, the collaboration of Polish companies is essential - said Minister Piechociński. He also stressed the significant fact that the PPO had just been set up at headquarters of the Ministry of Economy.
- The Polish economy needs strong impulses. One of them may be the creation of a consolidated, strong global player which could compete with the major powers in the world - said the President of the Employers of Poland, Andrzej Malinowski. Hence the decision to set up the PPO. Thanks to the existence of Platforms it is possible not only to develop a common, unified position and submit it to the relevant institutions, but also to organize seminars and debates, as well as to strengthen the cooperation with the social partners and local communities.
The initiative was supported by among others the Ministry of Defence and Foreign Affairs, as well as - in a letter to the President of the Employers of Poland - by the Minister of Treasury, Włodzimierz Karpinski.