While addressing Impact CEE 2018, a conference on the future of digital economy, innovation and start-ups, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was quoted as saying: “Today we are entering a great era, because during the previous industrial revolutions, in the tragic 20th century, the genius of Polish technology was always forced to emigrate.
“I am happy that the conditions for development are improving. I am glad that Polish Development Fund (PFR) created PFR Ventures and that the fund is doing a good job in developing technological cooperation with other funds and start-ups,” added the prime minister.
The PFR is a state-owned financial group which offers instruments supporting the development of companies, local governments and individuals, and invests in sustainable social development and national economic growth.
PFR Ventures are meant to offer financing to innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) via selected financial intermediaries, such as venture capitals or angel investors.
PM Morawiecki emphasized: “I want to strongly accentuate the program which we initiated a few days ago. It is a program called GovTech.pl. The most innovative, agile and technologically-developed world governments - and we want to be one of them - are creating room for development for its citizens and entrepreneurs by building platforms for innovation in healthcare, education, national security and many other fields.”
However, the latest Eurostat report shows Poland spent only 0.97 percent of its GDP on R&D in 2016, as compared to 2,94 percent in Germany (2.94 percent).
The European Commission’s online tool to measure the progress of EU Member States towards a digital economy and society placed Poland above Romania, Greece, Bulgaria and Italy in its Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2018 ranking of the 28 European Union member states.
The Impact CEE 2018 conference is a two-day event in Kraków, southern Poland. The event features more than 250 speakers, including Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the Minister of Science and Higher Education Jarosław Gowin, as well as Sophia, a social humanoid robot developed by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics.
More than 6,000 people are expected to take part in discussions concerning transport, energy and the environment, biotechnology and digital health, and the 5G economy.