Digital Economy – discussion on digitization in Poland during the Industry Forum

According to media reports, Sweden considers to be the first country in the world to introduce an official digital currency. For many years, Sweden has been a leader in reducing the circulation of cash money. Since 2009 the country has withdrawn 40% of coins and banknotes issued in Swedish crowns. Cashless payment using payment cards and increasingly also smartphones has become extremely popular and Swedes are leading regarding the use of payment cards. Riksbank, the Swedish central bank, announced that the introduction of the “E-Crown” in a perspective of two years, would rather complement and not replace actual cash. It is worth noting that in the 1660s the Riksbank was the first bank in the world issuing paper banknotes. It will be interesting to see, whether also this time Sweden will play a pioneering role issuing the world’s first official digital currency. As pointed out by Cecilia Skingsley, Deputy Director of Riksbank, “the declining use of cash in Sweden Means That this is more of a burning issue for us than for most other central banks. Although it may appear simple at first glance to issue e-krona, this is something entirely new for the central bank and there is no precedent to follow”. Are digital currencies popular in Poland? Is Polish business is open to Bitcoin transactions?

The digital revolution is the driving force of the economy of our times, but the world is still waiting for a European digital giant like Google or Facebook. Could it develop in Poland? Statistically, Poland lags behind in digital innovation, but the global success of the video game “The Witcher” proved the great potential of the Polish digital industry. Warsaw, Wrocław and Cracow compete to become the next big start-up hub. The discussion will deal with the questions of how to foster innovative environments and how to become attractive for the digital economy. Can Poland become a leader in digitisation?

The discussion “Digital Economy – Can Poland Become a Leader in Digitisation?” will be moderated by Michał Karbowiak, head of the economic department of Gazeta Wyborcza. The participants of the panel are: Paul Szefernaker, Secretary of State, Prime Minister’s Office; Sylwester Suszek, Proxy, BitBay Sp. o.o., Krzysztof Łuczak, Managing Director for Poland, Sensorberg, Artur Potocki, President of