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Monday, 27 January 2014

Presidents open economic forum in Warsaw

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Polish and Swiss Presidents Bronislaw Komorowski and Didier Burkhalter on Monday opened a Polish-Swiss economic forum that focused on vocational training, technology transfer to businesses and R&D cooperation.

 

The two countries were represented by scientists, businessmen and government officials.

 

President Komorowski recalled that Poland would soon mark the 25th anniversary of its first free elections that symbolically ended the era of communism. Switzerland could be an inspiration for Poland as we are a country of ambitious and free people, he added.

 

When summing up the past 25 years, it is worth looking for the driver of Poland's growth for the next 25 years. Therefore, by observing the successes of others, we need to seek solutions that could provide a response to the new challenges, Komorowski stressed.

 

The Polish president recalled Switzerland's advantages, including the ethos of work, practical and effective education and low unemployment.

 

President Burkhalter stressed his country was the second biggest non-EU investor in Poland that had created thousands of new jobs. Swiss firms notice Poland's strengths, which include qualified workforce, the size of the market and excellent growth, he added.

 

The Swiss president declared the will to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the area of research and development as he reminded that Switzerland was ranked first in the global innovation index last year.

 

The Swiss government encourages the industry and researchers to commercialise their inventions and supports a network of technology parks, but in fact the private sector takes much more responsibility for research and development than the government, President Burkhalter noted.

 

Switzerland is Poland's 23rd biggest trade partner. Bilateral trade grew by 3 percent to EUR 2.4 billion in 2012. (PAP)

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