The Plenary Session “Efficient State – Strong Industry” at the 2nd Industry Forum in Karpacz

Only a strong state can ensure its citizens prosperity and security. The last years of the economic crisis in Europe have shown that countries with well-developed industries are coping better with the unfavorable macroeconomic situation. How to make the most of the potential of the Polish industry? These questions were discussed by the participants of the plenary session titled “Efficient State – Strong Industry” during the 2nd Industry Forum in Karpacz.

 

The moderator, Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, former Polish Prime Minister, Chairman of the Partners Board of EY Polska, asked the guests of the session the important question: “What steps should be taken to enhance institutional cooperation and coordination, fostering the development of Polish industry?”.

The special guest, Stanislaw Karczewski, Speaker of the Polish Senate, emphasized that communication between ministries is very important. “I am a doctor by profession and I care for a well-functioning healthcare system. When we worked on reforming the healthcare system, we came to the conclusion that in order to bring desirable changes, Health Minister has to be Deputy Prime Minister of the Government at the same time,” Mr Karczewski said, praising the Prime Minister’s decision to concentrate the economic sphere in one hand.

Janusz Steinhoff, Advisor at PwC Polska, noted that the discussion on the functioning of the Council of Ministers in Poland has been going on since the interwar period. Currently, the position of Poland’s Finance Minister is very strong, as many legal acts contain a clause that statutory provisions should be laid down upon consultation with the Ministry of Finance. “The government should find a compromise in allocating funds, for which a strong Prime Minister is needed,” Janusz Steinhoff emphasized.

 

Cezary Przybylski, Marshal of the Lower Silesia Voivodeship, talked about a need for a strong central government, but also a strong local government. Weak local government means weak development. There, cooperation between the central government and the local government is necessary to boost industrial development. The Marshal stated that he is not afraid of big foreign corporations coming to Poland, because a lot of SME start up around them.

Viktor Galasyuk, Head of the Committee for Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship at the Supreme Council of Ukraine, was talking about the economic situation of his country: “The creators of the economy can be the creators of the future. The 2-3 percent of GDP growth will not change anything in Ukraine’s situation. It needs to be up to 8-9 percent. We realize that the difference in the dynamics of the development of Poland and Ukraine is due to economic policy.” He added that Ukraine intends to change the economic policy and will follow Poland’s example. Galasyuk also thanked Poland for its constant support for Ukraine and stressed that Kiev must recover from “neoliberalism”.