Deputy Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak visits Silicon Valley
Mr. Waldemar Pawlak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of Poland (DPM), visited Silicon Valley, Stanford University, and San Francisco on April 29 – May 1. The visit was of major importance to the effort of building bridges between Poland’s knowledge based economy and California, the world leader in innovativeness.
At Stanford University, in the prestigious Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the deputy prime minister delivered a lecture on “Poland in the Integrated Europe”. The talk highlighted the economic achievements of Poland since Poland rejected the Soviet system in June of 1989. The talk also addressed the role of East-Central European countries in the future of innovative economy of the European Union linking it to the vibrant economy of the same region, now comprised of many countries within the European Union and of Ukraine and Belarus to the many centuries of their commonwealth and cooperation. Professor Michael McFaul of Stanford University introduced the DPM and led the Q&A session.
In meetings with corporate leadership in the headquarters of Cisco, Hewlett Packard, and Intel Corp., the DPM discussed the involvement of those IT giants in Polish economy and the potential for further growth in that relationship. Praise for the quality of intellectual resources in Poland was expressed by each of the companies visited.
Mr. Waldemar Pawlak was also highlighted at an event in San Francisco held at the Bankers Club on the top floor of Bank of America Building. This event was co-sponsored with the World Affairs Council and organized by IMMA Ltd as the corporate sponsor and organizer of the Breakfast Session ”Off the Record” for Board of Directors of both USPTC and World Affairs Council. In the discussion and presentation in the San Francisco World Affair Council, the deputy prime minister discussed the modernization of Polish government and laws in providing a base for future role of Poland as a leading entity in the East Central European economy.
DPM Pawlak’s presentation: