In this episode of the Debrief, our weekly news review and as Poland launches a mass vaccination drive against Covid-19, we speak to a medical professional about the implications of the pandemic.
Poland's Ministry of Development has stipulated the reopening of trade, including shopping malls, from February 1. Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Development Jaroslaw Gowin said on Friday it was, however, too early to reopen other sectors.
Poland's retail sector may have lost up to PLN 8 billion (EUR 1.8 billion) in November due to Covid lockdown restrictions on shopping centres, a trade council and union said on Wednesday.
The Polish government has been considering the restoration of retail trading on Sundays, PM's Office head Michal Dworczyk said on Wednesday. A few years Poland started to phase out Sunday shopping amid union pressure and the government's conservative agenda.
Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, addressing the Friday inauguration of the 2nd African Conference, said the continent will become an attractive trade partner due to the relatively young society with a huge demand for knowledge and modern technologies.
The number of retail parks in Poland has grown two-fold over the last ten years, according to the report 'Retail parks and convenience centres in Poland' by real estate consultancy JLL and Trei Real Estate Poland.
Head of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations Olivier Hermes announced on Friday that Poland placed first on the list of Germany's trade partners in Central-Eastern Europe.
The report commissioned by Poland shows that most countries gain strongly from the new accessions, the biggest beneficiaries being Germany and Luxembourg, followed by Belgium, Denmark, Austria, the United Kingdom, and Sweden.
Over the past years, Polish-Slovak trade went up by more than one-third, but this excellent growth has been halted by the coronavirus pandemic, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday, adding Poland and Slovakia had a plan to get back on the growth track.
Poland might benefit from a change in trade routes after the coronavirus pandemic, according to experts from the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) who believe the country might gain over USD 8 bln annually through production being moved from China.