Oh dear, oh dear – just when I was starting to have some faith in Donald Tusk and his Governments ability to attract foreign investment and share the good things about Poland with the International community he goes and trips up. Mr Tusk was quoted in Time magazine as shining a particularly negative light on all things Poland – his quote follows. Tusk should take lessons from the mayor of Wroclaw who is also referenced below and shows the true character of Poland’s re-birth to the outside world:
“We have no oil and gas,” he says. “We don’t have high tech. Our centers of development, are far, far behind others. We will never be an extraordinary tourist attraction. Poland is quite a mediocre country in some regards. The only natural resource that we have, and with which we can compete, is freedom.”
Which country is he living in? Clearly not Poland – at least with respect to tourism and high tech. As for mediocre, tut, tut, tut Mr Tusk – Poland is far from mediocre…
The article goes on to refer to Wroclaw, “Poland’s fourth largest city, situated on the Oder River close to the German border, was neglected under communism, its Gothic architecture blackened by coal dust and its shop shelves bare. Nowadays, the elegant old market square in the city center, once the site of a few scruffy museums, is lined with designer shops, sushi bars and restaurants. Companies from LG Philips (LCD screens) to Google (service support) have poured $5 billion into the local economy in the past five years, creating 200,000 jobs in a city of just 650,000. The mayor’s office reviewed 560 investment projects last year alone. Since 2002, unemployment dropped from 14% to under 5%. Mayor Rafal Dutkiewicz credits low production costs, a good location near the autobahns to Western Europe and a deep pool of educated young workers”.
Now that’s more like the Poland I know and Mr Tusk should be promoting. Mr Tusk in the words of someone famous – “You made a real foobah!!!”
Here’s a link to the full article in Time magazine