President: Finland shows innovators need state support
On Wednesday, Poland's President Andrzej Duda said Finland was the best example of the extent to which innovative ideas needed support from the state.
The president appeared at an Economic Forum in Helsinki as he continued his two-day visit to Finland.
Exploring the idea of innovation, Andrzej Duda said cutting-edge ideas were currently the key factor, dictating the pace, stability and long-term potential of economic growth.
"I am convinced that the level of innovation in an economy is a measure of the effectiveness of what politicians and state leaders do", the president said.
"This is because politics is responsible for supplying businesses with a legal, logistic, financial and scientific environment that is as comfortable as possible", he explained.
Drawing on the experiences of the host country, Andrzej Duda spoke about "the Finnish revolution of innovativeness", praising Helsinki for being one of the global leaders in the use of innovative solutions. The Polish head of state prasised Finland's "lack of complex" in competing with world's biggest and most robust partners.
Yet the president noted such achievements would not have been possible without a conviction that innovations needed support from the state. He observed that in the early 1990's, Finland had embarked on huge investments in research and development, additionally introducing public-private partnerships (PPP).
See also: President thanks Polish diaspora in Finland for maintaining Polishness Andrzej Duda said Poland was following in its northern partner's footsteps by looking for ways to better support domestic start-ups. On behalf of the Polish authorities, he committed to taking further steps in this direction, citing the government's Strategy for Responsible Development. (PAP)