THE HONORARY PATRONAGE OF THE PRESIDENT OF POLISH REPUBLIC BRONISŁAW KOMOROWSKI
UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF MR JOSÉ MANUEL BARROSO, PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION
THE HONORARY PATRONAGE OF MR MARTIN SCHULZ, PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
One of the biggest fortunes of our country is the entrepreneurship and energy of Poles, liberated in 1989. Those have largely contributed to the fact that Polish economy was the only in EU to resist the recession of 2009. Our entrepreneurs create work places, contribute to the development of Poland and stand as ambassadors of Poland abroad.
One of the aims of the European Parliament’s activities is to improve the position of small and medium – size companies in the entire European Union. Presently, they generate about 60% of the Union’s GDP and create nearly 70% of all workplaces. Therefore, it is so important to solve the issue of their access to capital or creating the European patent system.
I believe that the European Congress of Small and Medium – Size Enterprises, planned to take place in September 2012 in Katowice, will become a professional background for the Polish government and European Union. We need to remember, that more successfully and effectively working entrepreneurs today mean wealthier, more competitive and safer European Union tomorrow.
Condition and prospects for development of the SME sector constitute one of the most significant challenges for the economic policy both of the European Union and Poland. It is worth remembering, that the SME sector companies generate about 60% of the European Union’s GDP and around 70% of all workplaces. Therefore, it is necessary to quicken the realization of programs aiming to boost these companies’ competitiveness. These goals may be achieved by using rational forms of public aid, which are in compliance with the EU rules, supporting utilitarianism - oriented scientific research and transferring the results to the SME sector. SME – friendly environment allows facilitating the access to capital, which results in significant reduction of administrative charges, protection of intellectual property, and rational cooperation with economic self – government. Polish and European entrepreneurs are also in need of a friendly and stable tax system. I am convinced that exactly these problems will become the center of a debate during the second edition of the European Congress of Small and Medium – Size Enterprises in Katowice.
After 20 years of functioning in the conditions of a free market economy and first experiences in entering foreign markets, the most important challenge standing in front of Polish business today is the development of innovation and knowledge – based economy. The process of transforming the Polish economy into such model of economy cannot be accomplished without involvement of the SME sector companies.
Private enterprises generate about 70% of GDP and hire around 70% of workers in the national economy. Therefore, prosperity of us all depends on their success. SME companies constitute a mainstay of the Polish economy and its future will be conditional upon their functioning in the sphere of innovations. Small and medium – size enterprises determine the economic development of the EU countries as well. Therefore, we ought to do everything to make it easier for small and medium – size companies to have access to innovations. The European Congress of Small and Medium – Size Enterprises in Katowice is a perfect occasion to reflect on these matters.
The motto of this year’s Congress is Modern management in a micro, small and medium – size company. Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, just like last year, is a contents partner of this important event on the Polish economic scene. I am convinced that the Congress will abound in many interesting discussions with participation of managers, entrepreneurs, institutions for support of entrepreneurship and public administration representatives, and it will result in elaboration of the recommendations, which will serve the process of strengthening the effective mechanisms of supporting small and medium – size enterprises in their development, stimulation of their innovation and internationalization.
It is worth emphasizing, that in order to draw managers’ attention to the management – methods in enterprises, the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development has announced 2012 the year of good management. Entrepreneurs and individuals who plan to establish a business in 2012 are particularly supported in their realization of all crucial management functions - planning, organization and monitoring – by means of courses, counseling and financing.
Coupling of economy and science, transfer of knowledge to industry, organization of practices and apprenticeships for students and graduates, modern programs of studies, as well as continuing education, development of academic entrepreneurship, and cooperation with employers and their organizations – it all contributes to a creation of more competitive and modern Europe, and safe tomorrow. I am very happy, that the European Congress of Small and Medium – Size Enterprises, which will also take place in the University of Silesia – the biggest University in the Region, will become a place of discussions about a cooperation of science and economy, which constitutes a response to the worldwide trend of a practical application of knowledge and its commercialization.
The mottos of this year’s Congress are: Modern SME through good management, From the local to the world without boundaries, and The world of innovations is created in SME. During particular panels, experts and experienced managers of Polish and European companies will present current trends and directions in management, which constitute daily concerns of every entrepreneur. Furthermore, the problems of internationalization, innovation in economy and cooperation between local and economic self – government will be explored. A crucial role in a comprehensive discussion about SME’s problems will be played by politicians, representatives of public administration and world of scholarship, who will participate in the event.
Supporting the development of micro, small and medium – size enterprises, we support actions of the most resilient and numerous sector of the Polish economy, which is also the most important employer, which hires over 60 % of workers and generates 50 % of GDP. The development of SME means, thus, the development of Poland.
Already, for the second time, the European Congress of Small and Medium – Size Enterprises – a great occasion to exchange experiences and integrate the Polish and foreign business milieu, is organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice.
Small and medium – size enterprises are of the fundamental importance for the development of the Polish economy; they are vital in terms of a balanced functioning of economy. Their efficient progress – fostered by partner cooperation between state and local – government institutions and local entrepreneurs – allows creating new workplaces and contributes to the economic growth. It is worth emphasizing, that the SME sector constitutes the most numerous group of companies in our country, which hires more than 60% of all companies’ employees.
Thus, the initiative of organizing the Congress is even more important, since, within its framework, the participants will try to point to the most significant directions of international cooperation for Polish enterprises and indicate the instruments of support of our cities’ economic development.
I have great respect for the initiative of organizing the II European Congress of Small and Medium – Size Enterprises.
The SME sector constitutes a motive power of the European economy and, due to its strong connections with local environment and the influence it exerts, it is perceived as the main link of the harmonious development of regions. With satisfaction, I observe the activation of economic milieu which facilitates establishment of new business contacts between companies. Owing to the efficient transfer of information, presence of prominent experts and exchange of positive experiences, enterprises gain essential help in functioning in the EU realities. Voivodeship Self – Government strives to use the potential of European funds, which constitute a direct mechanism of financial support of SME, in the best possible way.
I am sure that the II European Congress of Small and Medium – Size Enterprises organized in Katowice, next to such events like the European Economic Congress and the New Economy Forum, will significantly contribute to the economic promotion of our region and create a friendly climate for investments of a diverse range.
Katowice is the Capital of one of the most effectively developing metropolitan centers in Poland and events organized in our city are more and more frequently international. The European Congress of Small and Medium – Size Enterprises is a unique event and a platform for a discussion about the challenges standing in front of the Old Continent’s economy. The SME sector is not only the most numerous group of companies in Poland, but also an important employer that hires more than 60% of all workers in Poland. We also have to remember that the SME sector companies generate almost half of the Polish GDP and their activity has contributed to maintaining the stability of the Polish economy.
Organization of the Congress in Katowice is of special significance for our city. Next to the European Economic Congress, it is one of the most vital meetings of business, science and state administration representatives. It is also the confirmation of a properly selected way of our City’s development and promotion. Therefore, I trust that the Katowice Convention Bureau will soon become the arena of further debates on the future of Polish, European and world economy.
The II European Congress of Small and Medium – Size Enterprises is a perfect place for a discussion about the role of the SME sector in the process of building innovative and dynamic economy. It also presents a chance to draw attention to the possibilities and challenges standing in front of the development of small and medium – size enterprises.
Small and medium – size enterprises are a motive power of both Polish and European economy. In the European Union, SME hire about 67% of all private - sector employees and create around 80% of all workplaces. Polish entrepreneurship, liberated in 1989, is one of the biggest fortunes of our country. The fact that Poland has managed to resist the first wave of recession and world crisis has to be owed to owners and employees of small and medium – size enterprises, and their: courage, diligence, intuition, invention and consistence of activities. We also need to draw attention to a production profile of companies, which by producing real product, produce real economy.
Over 1,6 million of economic entities in Poland belong the SME sector. It hires 6,5 million of individuals – 7 out of 10 employees work in small and medium – size enterprises.
These numbers clearly illustrate, that our economy is based on small and medium – size enterprises, that they create its growth, as well as influence innovation, employment, and social integrity. Small and medium – size enterprises are characterized by great elasticity – they easily adjust to the changing economic situation.
Therefore, I heartily support the idea of organizing the II European Congress of Small and Medium – Size Enterprises as an occasion for a fruitful exchange of experiences, discussion and interesting conclusions, which, I hope, will become a motive force of the Polish economy.
I am extremely happy, that the II European Congress of Small and Medium – Size Enterprises will take place in Katowice, already for the second time. It is very important to promote and support the development of small and medium – size enterprises, which constitute a crucial element of the Polish economy, contribute to the economic growth and create workplaces for many Poles.
It is considerable that the most interesting and innovative ideas, whose implementation forms a chance for a local community, come into life in such companies. It is also important that small companies are strongly connected with their places of origin and that they cooperate for the benefit of these places by: paying taxes, employing residents, cooperating with self – governments. It has to be remembered that a small or a medium – size company and self – government form a duet which works together in creating friendly conditions for residents. The history of Krakow, whose effective development would not have been possible without craft guilds, is the best example of such cooperation.
Activity of the SME sector is one the motive forces of the Polish economy. Over 1,6 million of small and medium – size companies are responsible for generating half of the Polish GDP. As much as 7 out of 10 employees work in SME. These are some data that confirm the importance of the role that small and medium – size enterprises play in our country’s development.
The II European Congress of Small and Medium – Size Enterprises is undoubtedly a perfect occasion for meeting everyone interested in the development of small and medium – size enterprises and a constructive debate on the directions that a modern economy should follow. Let’s keep in mind, that owing to a broad discussion only, we may efficiently define the determinants of the SME sector’s development, which will lead them towards innovation, modern management and internationalization; briefly, towards a business without boundaries.
I wish all the participants of the Congress fruitful and creative discussions. I am convinced that their results will soon be transformed into real and considerable activities.