On May 18th, Employers of Poland hosted a consultation meeting of the Polish Section of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD.
Results of this year’s member recruitment were present – as of now, Employers of Poland have 25 experts in 16 committees and task groups of BIAC. Chairman of the Polish Section of BIAC, Vicepresident of Employers of Poland Mariusz Gaca opened the meeting and presented the Section’s activities. He also specified the plan for the coming years and suggested the implementation of new organizational solutions.
The meeting was attended by government representatives, including Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Economy Andrzej Dycha. He described the advantages of Poland’s membership in the OECD These are first and foremost: the legitimization of Poland’s strong international position, the opportunity for cooperating on research and consultation, as well as direct influence on the economic situation and legislation in member states. Andrzej Dycha also referred to a current challenge – revising the organization’s image.
Jerzy Ciechański, Ministerial Adviser of the Department of Economic Analyses and Prognoses of the MInistry of Labour and Social Policy added that membership in OECD made it possible to go beyond Europe and look at our problems from a wider perspective, Joanna Wieczorek of the Department of Economic Information of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency presented the National OECD Contact Point and OECD guidelines for multinational companies, The Contact Point is a mediation platform of sorts, which is often more effective and quicker than court procedures and facilitates agreements between parties in a dispute regarding the implementation of OECD guidelines.
In order to get new members acquainted with the way BIAC committees work, Marek Grabowski, Director of the Business Clients’ Department at Orange Polska presented a scheme of consultations on the hedonic price index (aimed at improving the effectiveness of comparing the value of a given index in several countries) with regards to broadband internet.
In the last section of the meeting Executive Vicepresident of Employers of Poland Janusz Pietkiewicz presented Employers’ of Poland international activity. He focused on the cooperation between BIAC and B20 – the advisory body to the G20, comprising entrepreneurs from the most developed countries in the world. Employers of Poland participate in its works as the only organization from Poland. The last meeting of B20 taskforces and plenary session were held in Washington in April. Employers of Poland participated actively contributing to the flow of ideas between B20 and BIAC.