– We received the idea that SEZs’ managers will activate cooperation between business and academic circles with great interest. – says Piotr Wołejko, expert of the Employers of Poland.
Such a goal lies behind the assumptions to the amendment bill on special economic zones (SEZs) adopted by the Council of Ministers. People managing SEZs would be responsible for cooperating with academic circles and encouraging businesses to engage in the cooperation. They would also focus on creating conditions for the development of clusters in areas where companies from one sector of industry are located.
These ideas should be supported. It is worth taking advantage of SEZ as an instrument to support the development of innovative enterprises, particular sectors of industry and the entire economy. The next EU financial perspective for 2014-2020 will bring significant resources to improve the level of innovativeness and to strengthen the ties between business and science .
The second of the new responsibilities - support cluster development - will be less easy to implement. The key issue will be to break the reluctance of businesses to work together, to share their know-how and seek added value through such actions. But there is no other way to create business segments consisting of the so-called flagships and networks of suppliers and sub-suppliers. Forming clusters translates into creating various elements of the production chain in Poland. This strengthens the economy as it becomes less dependent on external supplies and contributes to the creation of jobs, as well as to raise the level of innovativeness.
What we now expect from the government is turning these assumptions into proposals for specific regulations and into an amendment bill.
Piotr Wołejko, expert of the Employers of Poland