What impact has Europe’s economic crisis had on Poland’s economy?
DYCHA: It has not had a big impact and I am very glad of that. According to the OECD, in the last report on the economic situation in Poland, we were called the star performer, as far as growth among all OECD countries is concerned. That means that despite the economic crisis in Europe, the Polish economy is running well. Last year we had a 4.2% increase in GDP. This year, according to the European Commission analysis, we will have the highest growth in GDP in the European Union.
How are you working to strengthen relationships with the European Union?
DYCHA: Members of the European Union are our main commercial, political, and economic partners. So the focus of our interest is to strengthen the European Union to make it more efficient, and increase the economic position of the European Union on the world level.
From what regions is Poland looking to attract more foreign direct investment?
DYCHA: We are open through all directions. There are a lot of investments coming from the European Union. We have attracted investments from Japan, South Korea, the United States, and many other countries. We are in Dubai, and we are interested in attracting capital from this region. We have diversified portfolio of investments in Poland.
How would you describe Poland’s current relationship with the UAE?
DYCHA: We have an excellent relationship with this country and countries in this region, and this status is improving. Excellent and improving are the two words that are the most adequate to describe the relationship.
Despite the economic crisis in Europe, the Polish economy is running well. Last year we had a 4.2% increase in GDP. This year, according to the European Commission analysis, we will have the highest growth in GDP in the European Union.
What is your economic forecast for the rest of 2012 and 2013?
DYCHA: According to different Polish institutions, we will have between 2.5% and 4% of positive growth, which will make us the leader in the European Union. Poland is the place to invest your money. Poland is an engine of growth in central Europe, and I think investors should take advantage of the opportunity.