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Where to find the competitive advantages of Poland?
May 28, 2013   
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International Conference: „Fostering Innovation and Competitiveness in the UE at National and Regional Level”. Presentation of the report „Poland. Competitiveness Report 2013. National and Regional Dimensions”

Warsaw School of Economics (SGH)
Thursday, June 6th, 10:00-16:30
Friday, June 7th, 9:00-16:30
Auditorium II, Building C
al. Niepodległo¶ci 128, Warszawa (crossing street – ul. Madalińskiego)

We invite you to the conference dedicated to the fostering of innovation and competitiveness in the UE at national and regional levels.

The first day of the conference (June 6th) will make an opportunity to discuss the competitiveness of countries and regions. We will debate the changes in the competitiveness level of the Polish economy in connection with evolution of its position in terms of innovations. The keynote speech will be the „Industrial Upgrading and Innovation Policy in Central and Eastern Europe: Conventional Wisdom Facing Reality” by Professor Slavo Radosevic, Deputy Director of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. The second day of the conference (June 7th) will be dedicated to the innovation policy and its practical outcome – how it creates competition. The discussion will be focused on goals and tools in supporting innovations and competitiveness among countries, regions and companies especially in the area of the research and development. Key speech on this day will be „Key Issues in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy: the OECD perspective” by Ken Guy, Head of Science, Technology and Policy Division at OECD Paris.

During the conference the presentation of the annual report „Poland. Competitiveness Report 2013. National and Regional Dimensions” will take place (Thursday, June 6th, 11:30).

„Poland: Competitiveness Report 2013” underscores the achievements of Poland in 2012 such as limiting the inflation base or decreasing the public deficit in comparison to 2011. The growing problem was the gradually increasing unemployment, which has been taking place since 2009. Last year the unemployment rate accoring to BAEL reached 10.1 % and was close to the EU27 average (10,5%), but much higher than in the Czech Republic or Romania (both 7,0%). Professor Marzenna Weresa, Director of the World Economy Research Institute at the Warsaw School of Economics, and the author of the report, underlines that by looking at years 2009-2012 Poland was in the top of the fastest developing countries in the European Union. „In 2012 the development distance between Poland and the UE15 shrank by 3 percentage points, while since the start of the global financial and economic crisis Poland has made up 11 percentage points in comparison to the average per capita income in the EU15”, said Professor Weresa.

Professor Weresa has salso listed the record low FDI level. „It has been the worst in 2012 since 10 years”, she said. Despite the economy slowdown, Poland has maintained its competitive position from 2011. The conditions for business have also improved. In the World Bank ranking Poland has advanced by seven spots – to the 55th place.

The conference will take place in English.

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