GDP coming from digital services could DOUBLE by 2025, conference on Digitisation of Polish Economy hears

Minister of Technology and Entrepreneurship Jadwiga Emilewicz opened the Digitisation of the Polish Economy conference by saying the amount of GDP coming from digital services in Poland “could double by 2025.” Marcin Obara/PAP

Officials, analysts and IT specialists gathered in Warsaw yesterday for a conference on the “Digitisation of the Polish economy”.

Organised by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, a newspaper focusing on economics and legal affairs, the event brought together perspectives from both the public and private sector.

Digital transformation offers huge growth potential for businesses, but companies are still learning to take advantage of these new opportunities. At the EU level, the European Commission has been supporting this transformation through a range of measures, from promoting digital skills to helping cities support digitisation.

Poland has made digitisation a cornerstone of its economic policy, in the context of fostering economic growth and innovation.

Organised by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, the event brought together perspectives from IT specialists in both the public and private sector.Marcin Obara/PAP

“In 2016, around 6.2% of Polish GDP came from digital services – that’s around 112 billion złoty,” said Minister of Technology and Entrepreneurship Jadwiga Emilewicz, opening the conference on 27 March. “We estimate that this could double by 2025.”

The country is already considered a “digital challenger”, she added, echoing a report last year by managing consulting firm McKinsey & Company on how digitisation is becoming the next growth engine for Central and Eastern Europe.

According to the report, the economic and developmental benefits of digitisation could boost Poland’s GDP by 64 billion euros by 2025, increasing its global competitiveness.

The conference examined digitisation from a variety of angles, with sessions on taxes, businesses and the public administration.

According to a report by managing consulting firm McKinsey & Company, the economic and developmental benefits of digitisation could boost Poland’s GDP by 64 billion euros by 2025, increasing its global competitiveness.Marcin Obara/PAP

During a panel entitled “Digitisation – the key to competitive advantage”, experts and officials discussed the challenges for the Polish government and entrepreneurs. 

In another, panellists discussed the future of the digital economy, spanning a range of topics from Industry 4.0 to 5G technology, via the Internet of Things.

The afternoon included conversations led by the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna’s editors with business leaders and officials involved in digitisation, including vice-president of the Association of Business Service Leaders in Poland Janusz Dziurżyński, who spoke about how digitisation will make it easier to manage business projects.

The event closed with the presentation of the newspaper’s Ranking of Tax Advisers and networking over lunch.