At the height of the downturn in 2009, the European Union’s (EU) gross
domestic product (GDP) contracted by 4. 5 percent. Poland’s, by contrast, grew
by 1. 6 percent. In the four years that followed, GDP growth totaled 5. 5 percent
across the EU. In Poland, it totaled 20 percent.
Since the end of communist rule 26 years ago, the EU’s sixth-largest economy
has developed a strong internal market that so far has been immune
to external conditions. Poland’s bright present belies its bleak past,
according to Antoni Starczynowski, PMP, a Warsaw, Poland-based
client program and project manager, Hewlett-Packard Polska.
“In the past, we were a poor nation in terms of development and
wealth; now, it’s time to buy,” he says. “We didn’t have cars. We
didn’t have phones. We didn’t have televisions. In the last 10 to 15
years, people have been buying everything they used to lack.”
It’s not just people—it’s also government and business. Catalyzed
by a massive EU aid package that’s incentivizing everything from
highways to stadiums, both the public and private sectors are making
sizable investments in Polish projects.
“There are new companies coming into Poland and new projects starting up
here all the time,” Mr. Starczynowski says. “It’s totally different than it used to be
20 years ago. Our situation has changed by 360 degrees, and that’s very exciting.”
“There are new
to feel the effects
of the global
Poland not only
unscathed, but is now stronger than ever.
companies coming into
Poland and new projects
starting up here all the
time. Our situation has
changed by 360 degrees, and
that’s very exciting.”
—Antoni Starczynowski, PMP, Hewlett-Packard Polska,