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published: 19 Mar 2018 in News

OECD's Economic Survey of Poland 2018

Ewelina Nurczyk
Ewelina Nurczyk

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Poland is doing more than fine with its dynamic job market and family support programmes, according to OECD. The 2018 Economic Survey of Poland highlights what has been done so far to tackle the most important post-transformation issues and suggests possible directions of development that will help work out other eventual problems arising in the future. Is there anything more that can be done to facilitate further development? There is one answer: innovation.

Presenting the Survey in Warsaw, OECD Deputy Secretary-General Mari Kiviniemi said:

Poland is in a strong position. A dynamic job market together with the Family 500 + programme has helped make economic development more inclusive. Many people now benefit from new opportunities and rising incomes. The time is ripe to ensure that living standards continue to rise. Strengthening innovation, improving infrastructure and investing in skills will be crucial. With rising labour and skills shortages, many employers now realise how important it is to invest in training. The government must seize this opportunity to engage with them.

On the positive note, the OECD prasies Poland's general economic strength. Measures to improve tax compliance have been met with success and improved the living standard of the citizens. The government's Strategy for Responsible Development contains positive resolutions, but the implementation of some ideas is still too weak.

The most urging need is visible in R&D, whose advancement according to the OECD is not fast enough to keep up with the needs of the country. Moreover, despite the policy-makers' attempts to make the economic growth more inclusive, disparities remain present in rural areas, in such fields as healthcare or childcare, and all over the country in vocational education, which could really assist more extensive business development if properly promoted.

Environmental policy is identified as the biggest area for improvement, and the OECD suggests increasing environmental taxes in Poland. Another burning issue is the immigration strategy, or lack of one in Poland's case. This is the area that CareersinPoland.com hopes to see improved as soon as possible – clear regulations responding to market needs would help protect foreigners’ rights, facilitate adapatation in society, as well as forward knowledge transfer.

Source: OECD

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