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More Innovation Needed
December 30, 2014   
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It seems that Polish companies have grown aware of the need to invest in research and development, as evidenced by their growing expenditure in this area. But the situation is still far from ideal. Polish industry does not yet have sufficient skills in managing research and development projects.

Those taking part in one of the panel discussions at this year’s Warsaw Economic Hub conference talked about how EU funds can be used to foster innovation in the Polish economy. According to Prof. Krzysztof Jan Kurzydłowski, director of the National Center for Research and Development (NCBR), it is worth focusing on innovative solutions and promoting innovative sectors so that Polish companies can strengthen their position not only regionally but also globally. “I am glad that Polish companies increasingly understand the need for an active research and development policy. If we want to skillfully support this process, we should channel public funds to the best,” Kurzydłowski said. He added that recent years have seen rapid growth in private sector spending on research and development. Kurzydłowski also said that there is an insufficient number of R&D departments in Polish companies, which leads to a serious knowledge deficit.

Iwona Chojnowska-Haponik, director of the foreign investment department at the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ), said, “Unless we become innovative, we may not be competitive on the international market in the future.” According to Chojnowska-Haponik, Polish companies are still hesitant to invest in R&D; foreign companies active on the Polish market do so far more often, she said.

Meanwhile, Paweł Olechnowicz, president of the Lotos Group, said Polish companies should take advantage of the best solutions in the world. “We need to communicate with not only Polish, but also global research centers. A company like Lotos should be innovative in every respect and this is what are we striving for. And research institutes working with us contribute to this,” said Olechnowicz.
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