President at Congress 590: Raising living standards a top priority
President Andrzej Duda on Monday opened the Congress 590 national development conference in Jasionka by Rzeszow, southeast Poland. In his address, he said that raising the population's living standards was the Polish government's top priority.
In this context he observed that Poland was developing at a very dynamic pace, and predicted that the country's economic growth will soon allow for higher wages and more foreign leverage for Polish enterprise.
"Our most important goal in the political sense (...) is to raise the living standards of Poles, of ordinary citizens," Andrzej Duda said, adding that this aim could be achieved by wise politics, good legislation and economic growth.
Andrzej Duda stressed that growth required ambition, and assured that Poland's present government had the ambition to achieve as much as possible. As an example, he named next year's national budget, expected to be deficit-free for the first time in Poland's post-communist history.
"Our ambition and our will is (...) for the Republic to be ever stronger and ever more prosperous," the president said. He also mentioned Poland's vast foreign diaspora and said that people who "once left in search of bread" could now safely return home, as "Poland today offers better conditions than other countries of Western Europe or that can be found on the other side of the ocean," Andrzej Duda said.
President referred to Poland's special ties with the US, and voiced hope for US support of the Polish-Croatian Three Seas Initiative, which offered vast cooperation openings.
"I hope that the US will join our great Three Seas project," Duda said, and explained that the project was a cooperation initiative between Poland and countries which had shared its fate behind the Iron Curtain for decades and could not develop like the western countries after World War Two.
Through the Three Seas initiative, Duda said, these countries now wanted to make up for their losses.
"We have been making up for all these things. We want to cooperate with each other in the best possible way," Duda said. He also noted the importance of infrastructure projects for economic development, in this context naming the Via Carpathia, Via Baltica and Rail Baltica transport undertakings and other projects in the region, which promised to boost Poland's growth even more.
Andrzej Duda underlined the potential existing in cooperation with the US and stressed that this collaboration "has been developing dynamically in many areas, including the economic and military sectors."
In his speech, he also spoke about the inauguration of the Forward Command of the American 1st Infantry Division in Poznan (western Poland) and Poland's nomination to the Visa Waiver Program, stressing that the latter promises to enhance tourist traffic between the two countries and boost their economic cooperation.