Entrepreneurs suggest establishing a National Council for the Competitiveness of the Economy, chaired by the Prime Minister, which would elaborate a new economic order for our country and improve the competitiveness of the Polish economy. Poland is in its second decade of EU membership and can no longer rely solely on labour costs.
The concept is supported by Employers of Poland, Lewiatan, BCC, KIG (Polish Chamber of Commerce) and ZRP (Polish Craft Association) and was presented at a press conference co-organized by the organizations.
Professor Jerzy Hausner presented recommendations for the “Competitive Poland: How to advance in the world economic league?” report, published in 2013. They address all areas important for entrepreneurs, a.o. the lawmaking process, conditions for the development of entrepreneurship, modern administration and improving the functionality of state, the labour market, innovation, digitalization and using European funds to support growth. – Without significant changes in these areas Poland will not be able to escape the trap of average growth. We cannot improve our country’s competitiveness without systemic solutions crated by politicians – said Jerzy Hausner.
Authors of the recommendations suggest establishing a National Council for the Competitiveness of the Economy, chaired by the Prime Minister, comprising representatives of business, employee and consumer organizations and Polish and international experts. The Council would be responsible for elaborating a plan of action for improving the competitiveness of Polish economy and monitoring its realization. President of Employers of Poland underlined that a lack of long-term support policy for small and medium enterprises is particularly harmful, as they make up 99.8 percent of all companies in Poland and employ over 2/3 of all employees in entrepreneurship. If their situation is not improved, the competitive position of our country will not improve either. We should also consider innovative industries which could have to be built from scratch. – We could do that ourselves or through the use of direct foreign investments, including those in the Special Economic Zones, to transfer and implement technologies – said Andrzej Malinowski.
Henryka Bochniarz, President of Lewiatan, stressed that entrepreneurs, as a positive force for change in our country, had to be involved in the creation of a new economic order. She also said that on a subject as important as establishing new economic foundations of our country business organizations will speak with one voice.