PM Morawiecki named Man of the Year at Polish economic forum

2019-09-05 10:18 update: 2019-09-09, 11:06
Mateusz Morawiecki. PAP/Darek Delmanowicz
Mateusz Morawiecki. PAP/Darek Delmanowicz
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki received the Man of the Year award on Wednesday night during the 29th Economic Forum in the south-Polish mountain resort of Krynica.

In his laudatory speech, the Forum's originator, Zygmunt Berdychowski, said Morawiecki, who has a background in banking, had transferred from business to politics such elements as efficiency, effective management and the ability to manage large teams.

When the Law and Justice (PiS) party formed its government following a victorious parliamentary election in 2015, Morawiecki became its "economy man" and drafted the Strategy for Responsible Development, Poland's long-term economic growth plan, Berdychowski said.

"It is undisputable that Poland is the only economy of its size that has been developing at such a fast rate," he added.

Berdychowski also quoted such successful moves as lowering the tax paid by small companies to 9 percent from 19 percent, exempting people under 26 from tax, effective reduction of unemployment and sealing loopholes in the tax collection system.

Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elzbieta Witek handed Morawiecki the award.

The prime minister said he is most pleased with the reduction of unemployment. In this context, he praised Polish entrepreneurs who took the risk and together with their employees "were the true authors of Poland's success in 2018, and 2019 as well."

Morawiecki said the aim of his government was to keep unemployment low, economic growth high and public finances balanced. He also said his government has always aimed to combine economic growth with improving society's living standards. (PAP)