Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Next Economic Powerhouse - Poland

I took the title from a really positive article in the New York Times, 'The Next Economic Powerhouse? Poland' ,  and changed it a little. Why? Because after several trips to Poland last year I could not help but be impressed. Seriously. One major city, Wroclaw - my birth place, that I visited should be a model for all major cities that want to end crime and blight. Major job creators are right in there. The public transportation actually works. Even with usual traffic problems you can get to work using it right on time. Electronic displays show you when your next time will be there, usually within minutes. That is a major difference with cities like Hartford, CT. And you probably know what I mean. All of that make me think that Poland already is an 'advanced' nation.

The fact that Poland avoided economic problems that brought Barack Obama to power is also impressive.
Since Poland completed the transition from Communism to democracy in 1991, its economy has been growing at an average annual rate of 4 percent and, remarkably, has not suffered a single year of negative growth.
Eastern Europe is rising, just as quietly, with small nations like the Czech Republic leading the way. Poland is close on its heels. With a population of nearly 40 million and a half-trillion-dollar economy that is already the world’s 24th largest, it is now big enough to put all of Eastern Europe on the global economic map.
It it wasn't for President Trump's visit we would not be aware of Poland's growing status in the World.