Inaugurating the 590 Congress in Jasionka near Rzeszów (south-east Poland) on Thursday, President Andrzej Duda said that Polish businessmen are satisfied with the current economic situation. He stressed Poland needed a stronger capital.
The 3rd edition of the congress is to be attended by almost 6,000 people. It is being held under the patronage of the President.
"We have our Strategy of Responsible Development. Owing to this, many programmes are being implemented now. What can be said about this development," the President asked and stressed it should be seen as good, or even very good.
The President added that he had just met with a group of Polish businessmen and was very glad to hear "that generally, they are satisfied with the current economic situation and that their businesses were developing, with regard to the number of jobs, investments and incomes."
"Of course, we also spoke about the future, about what we expect and what we want," President Duda went on to say, stressing that Poland needed more capital. "This is what we have lacked from the very beginning," he underlined.
President Duda also emphasised the special nature of this year's congress as it is being held in the year of Poland's independence centenary.
On Thursday morning, Paweł Mucha, deputy head of the President's Office said that the aim of the 590 Congress is the promotion of Polish economic patriotism and Polish enterprise. Paweł Mucha speaking to a Polish public radio broadcaster said that the event is held under President Duda's patronage. "One could even say that this is a presidential project, as the President's Economic Prize is being presented to leading Polish enterprises for the third time in Jasionka," the official stressed.
- The Presidential Economic Award
President Andrzej Duda has granted seven companies the Presidential Economic Award. The companies received their awards during a Thursday gala at the 590 Congress in Jasionka near Rzeszów, south-east Poland.
The awards were granted in five main categories and two special ones. Similar to last year, President Duda also handed out an individual award.
Ultratech was named the Leader of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. Ceramika Paradyż won the National Success award, while Vigo System SA received the International Success title. PKO BP won the Responsible Business award and MB-Pneumatyka was awarded the title of best Family Company.
Photon Entertainment was named the best Polish startup, while the Research and Development award went to Astronika.
President Andrzej Duda also granted the Individual Award to Zbigniew Grycan, founder of the ice cream business.
This year, on the occasion of the centenary of Poland regaining its independence, the President also presented a special prize for a Polish company that has been operating on the market for at least 100 years. The winner of the Special Award is the Warsaw HEFRA Platinum Factory.
The President stressed in his speech that the selection of the winners was "extremely difficult" and guided by many criteria, including the average salary in a given company.
Speaking about the winners, Andrzej Duda noted that they are examples of companies that derive "from this great, rich tradition of the best understood Polish business."
"I am happy to be able to point out those who are the best (...) and most advanced in terms of development, but also in everyday activity and business propriety," he added.
The Polish President emphasised that the awarded companies could be models for others, especially for young people who plan to start their own business as well as for other enterprises.
Andrzej Duda also declared that talks with entrepreneurs, including those that he had led at the 590 Congress, had finally convinced him to appoint an Entrepreneurship Council at the President's Office - a team of experienced businessmen who can advise on further measures to facilitate the functioning of business in Poland.
The Economic Awards are granted yearly by the President of Poland. They distinguish companies that offer a significant contribution to the development of the Polish economy, build a positive image of the Polish economy around the world, and provide an example to others. (PAP/AW)