Warsaw, 6 June 2018 – Reforming health care, improving air quality and boosting regional convergence are three of Poland’s development priorities the World Bank Group will support under a new six-year Country Partnership Framework (CPF) endorsed on Tuesday by the Group’s Board of Executive Directors.
Over the last decade, Poland has achieved high-income status with broad-based economic growth exceeding 3.5 percent which has had a positive impact on shared prosperity. However, Poland’s development path still faces vulnerabilities. For example, every third person will be over 65 by 2030, some regions in Poland are among the 20 poorest in the European Union, and the country is home to 33 of the 50 most polluted cities in Europe.
“With this new strategy, Poland will retain access to World Bank advisory services and financing,” says Carlos Piñerúa, World Bank Country Manager for Poland and the Baltic States. “In the course of strategy implementation, World Bank expertise will be shared with Poland as we continue to support the country’s full convergence with more advanced economies in Western Europe”.
The Framework focuses on human capital investments and entrepreneurship, policy-making for growth and inclusion and addressing environmental and global threats. The specific objectives include:
- Developing an efficient health care system for a rapidly aging society;
- Promoting entrepreneurship and modernizing higher education;
- Facilitating regional convergence;
- Advancing evidence-based design of policy and institutions;
- Improving energy efficiency and air quality in selected urban centers;
- Building resilience to climate-related events.
The CPF also includes greater engagement of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group that focuses on private sector development.
“Poland is a sophisticated client, which needs sophisticated interventions, but also can serve as an IFC platform for innovation in the Europe and Central Asia region,” says Thomas Lubeck, IFC Regional Manager for Central and Southeast Europe. “Here we can develop financial instruments and private sector solutions which can be later replicated in other countries in the region and globally”.
IFC will focus on strengthening local capital market, and promoting expansion of Polish companies to other emerging markets. By supporting climate-friendly energy- and resource- efficient modernizations in corporate and municipal sectors, IFC will mobilize private funds to ensure long-term economic growth in Poland.
The new CPF for Poland will be implemented through 2024. The Bank will monitor its implementation and review the impact on reform outcomes in all strategic areas.
“The partnership with the World Bank Group is important for Poland because we can continue to benefit from the expertise and analytical findings of international experts,” says Paweł Samecki, Member of the Management Board of Narodowy Bank Polski. “Additionally, the successful experience of Poland’s economic transition could be a valuable lesson for other countries where the World Bank Group works.”