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Launch: Lessons from Poland, Insights for Poland
March 21, 2017Warsaw

The World Bank has the pleasure to invite you to an event to present the findings from the World Bank publication about the transformation of Poland from middle-income to high-income status in a record short period of time.

Our new report titled "Lessons from Poland, Insights for Poland" offers the most comprehensive look into the transformation of Poland from middle-income to high-income status in a a sustainable and inclusive transition process.



  • What are the lessons from Poland’s remarkable transition to high income?
  • What policies were behind Poland’s economic achievements?
  • Why was Poland able to achieve high-income per-capita levels?



  • What are the insights for Poland going forward?
  • What policies could Poland adopt to continue its ascent and reach the much higher income levels?



8.30 – 9.00  Registration and welcome coffee
9.00 – 9.10  Welcome and opening remarks by Marina Wes, World Bank Country Director for West Bank and Gaza, former Country Manager for Poland
9.10 – 9.20  Opening remarks by Paweł Samecki, Member of the Management Board, Narodowy Bank Polski
9.20 – 9.45  ‘Lessons from Poland, Insights for Poland’ – presentation by Rogier van den Brink, Lead Economist at the World Bank
9.45 – 10.45 Discussion and Q&A session

  • Jerzy Kwieciński, Deputy Minister of Economic Development
  • John Panzer, Director of the Global Practice for Macroeconomics and Fiscal Policy, the World Bank
  • Carlos Piñerúa, Country Manager for Poland and the Baltic Countries, the World Bank
  • Moderated by Wawrzyniec Smoczyński, Managing Director, Polityka Insight

10.45 – 11.00  Closing address by Arup Banerji, Regional Director for the European Union, the World Bank 

event details
  • Date: Tuesday, 21 March 2017
  • Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Venue: Warsaw, Hotel InterContinental, Emilii Plater 49, 2nd Floor