Govt. launches new service to help businesses

Govt. launches new service to help businesses Tomasz Gzell/PAP

To improve the quality of services provided by the state, the Polish government has launched GovTech – a way to get innovative companies involved in public administration. 

The project will help open public tenders to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups, which have previously struggled to compete in them due to their size. Launched by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the project continues his government’s emphasis on collaboration between the state and Polish SMEs.

“The modernisation of Poland should take place in cooperation with Polish companies, with the goal of rebuilding the philosophy of the functioning of public procurement,” said Morawiecki at the first meeting of the committee responsible for GovTech, on May 29.

Unlike in the past, the emphasis will be on Polish companies. So far, orders for system changes IT systems have gone to companies in Silicon Valley or to big Polish companies, Morawiecki highlighted. Now, though, the government is banking on Polish SMEs. The idea is to combine “made in Poland” with “made for Poland”, he added.

“I know very well that these small Polish, agile companies and start-ups often have great ideas,” said Morawiecki. “We want to implement development mechanisms that will give them a better chance of getting orders.”

“Similar programmes exist not only in Israel, but also in the United Kingdom and Estonia,” said Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology Jadwiga Emilewicz, speaking at the HLS&Israel Technology Day in Warsaw on May 30, at which Israeli companies presented the latest homeland security and Cybersecurity technology. “We want the entire government to open up to new technological solutions”.

Already, several ministries are involved in the GovTech project: finance, defence, health, investment and development, entrepreneurs and technology, interior and digitisation.  Morawiecki will present the details of the project at the Impact’18 congress, which will focus on the future of the digital economy, in Kraków on June 13-14.