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  • 26 November 2016

    OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria visited Warsaw to mark the 20th anniversary of Poland’s accession to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

    During a meeting with the OECD Secretary-General, Minister Witold Waszczykowski said that the organisation plays an important role in helping to resolve major economic problems. “The OECD supported Polish economic transformation, and now Poland is sharing its experience and helping countries, especially those in the East, in their economic development,” said the minister. Waszczykowski added that Poland’s ambition is to continue providing, even more that before, good solutions for countries in the region: Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. “Poland’s current priority is to create economic growth through innovation,” Minister Waszczykowski stressed.



    During his visit, Angel Gurria and Deputy Foreign Minister Robert Grey opened a conference on “20 years of Partnership and Cooperation between Poland and the OECD.”


    In his opening address, Deputy Minister Grey underscored that after the communist period, Poland underwent a deep transformation becoming a strong and stable country. MFA deputy chief noted that OECD’s assistance during that time was invaluable. “The OECD’s role in transforming Polish economy is not widely known. We are trying to fill in this gap by marking the 20th anniversary of Poland’s membership of this organisation,” he said. Deputy Minister Grey also noted that even though now Poland enjoys stability, there are challenges affecting Europe such as high unemployment in some countries or the migration crisis that need to be monitored.


    In his address, Secretary-General Gurria praised Poland for its impressive progress in raising the standard of living in the years 1990-2015. He underscored that the OECD supports Poland’s efforts in development activities and appreciates such facts as the high number of college graduates in the labour market. He went on to add, however, that more attention should be paid to certain issues. “You have a relative low rate of unemployment, but professionals complain that they can’t find jobs that would fit their skills, while entrepreneurs complain of a shortage of candidates with the right skills,” noted Secretary-General Gurria.


    During his visit to Poland, OECD Secretary-General also met with Prime Minister Beata Szydło, Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the Council of Elders and members of the National Development Council.


    OECD is an important international, intergovernmental economic organisation that was established in 1961. All of the 35 OECD member states recognise three supreme values in political, social, and economic life: democracy meaning political pluralism, respect for human rights and civil liberties and stable growth as part of an open market economy. These three principles jointly constitute the underlying criteria of membership in the organisation.


    MFA Press Office

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