Ladies and Gentlemen,
Once again, we invite you to participate in the TIME Economic Forum, which will be held in Warsaw on March 11-12, 2024, under the title " The road to the digital decade 2030 - a new opening" .; The aim of the Forum remains to integrate the efforts of national and European business organizations to accelerate digital transformation in order to build an EU green economic order.
FG TIME is a meeting of telecommunications companies and enterprises involved in the digitization of production and services, during which we share knowledge and opinions on innovations that have the greatest potential to increase the competitiveness of the economy.
The main goal of the 16th Forum is to present to representatives of the new government and entrepreneurs the role of digitalization in stopping the growing technological gap dividing Poland from the most developed countries. In recent years, many projects and proposals that should have been analyzed and taken into account by the outgoing government in developing a long-term strategy for green digital transformation have not been implemented. We will therefore once again appeal for a political agreement beyond divisions, a pact necessary to meet the challenge of the green digital transformation and the current political and economic situation in Europe and around the world.
The basis for the implementation of digitization is a modern telecommunications network, which is the foundation of all modern critical infrastructure, industry 4.0, science, education, digital universal, public and commercial services. It is a tool that optimizes and integrates the use of all infrastructure networks (energy, gas and transport). The telecommunications community is concerned about the growing technological gap in this area. In the process of implementing 4G telecommunications (LTE), we were among the world leaders, while in the case of 5G we are already at the back of the pack in highly developed countries. Therefore, we appeal for a clear and public declaration on behalf of the Polish government that the state's priority is to invest in the development of telecommunications and strive to eliminate subsequent, often completely ill-considered obligations. Today we have the impression that long-term thinking about the future is losing track of the needs of the moment. What is particularly problematic is that the lack of a clear declaration of the state's involvement translates into the way it functions.
Another problem affecting the entire economy is energy policy, which has led Poland to technological collapse and a dramatic increase in the costs of electricity production. The total cost of electricity production from the first NPP (large nuclear power plant) will certainly exceed EUR 130/MWh. Investments in nuclear power plants should become the domain of private capital. Initiatives that deserve support include Poland's involvement - something is missing here, the request for a rewording - in the development of modular nuclear reactors (SMR and MMR). In 2040, in most EU countries, the total cost of producing electricity from renewable energy sources will fall below EUR 30/MWh. The amount that will be charged to the Polish taxpayer in connection with the construction of WEJ will be enough to build a system of digital telecommunications services stabilizing the operation of power grids based 100% on renewable energy . Without such a system (local load balancing system), it will not be possible to reduce the costs of electricity production, so we will not be able to produce green hydrogen. For the cost of hydrogen production to drop below EUR 2/kg, the production cost must drop to $20/MWh. Without opening electricity networks to digital telecommunications services giving access to the dynamic market tariff system, this will not be possible.
We call for a return to economic policy whose main goal will be the competitiveness of enterprises doing business in Poland. This is not possible without consistent implementation of the adopted national economic development strategy. Sector strategies should be agreements with entrepreneurs in a given sector enabling an increase in the efficiency and pace of implemented innovations and related investments. The accelerating technological transformation is horizontal, so the competitiveness of the sector is increasingly determined not only by the quality of sector strategies, but also by their internal and external coherence, i.e. the ability to trigger cross-sector synergy mechanisms in the national and international environment.
An economic strategy should provide entrepreneurs with reliable information about the directions of development of the entire economy and an inspiration to increase the innovativeness of each organization. For all state authorities and entrepreneurs, economic strategies should be a framework action plan to which they will be obliged to implement. The legislative authority should ensure a legal and financial environment conducive to the materialization of the expected investment effects. However, this is not happening in Poland yet. We need a system that shapes the legal environment and economic policy in a way that takes into account the interests and needs of the entire economy, and not individual industries that currently have a lobbying advantage and greater opportunities to exert pressure. There is no reflection that no industry, even as influential as a group of energy companies under your strict control, can abstract from reality, because in the long run it harms itself. This situation needs to be changed as quickly as possible. Otherwise, entrepreneurs will still not be interested in the content of their development strategies because they will still not be implemented.
National chambers of commerce and employers' associations should take the above facts into account in their action programs for the coming years. The Act on Chambers of Commerce gives us the right to evaluate economic policy and participate in its development. The exercise of these rights may consist in defining the conditions necessary to create a system for building coherence of sector strategies. The economic self-government has the necessary competences and legal authority to take the initiative to build such a system. Therefore, we invite 16 FG TIME partners to present their proposals for organizational solutions, from which a joint proposal will emerge for the concept of a mode for agreeing on the conditions for coherence of the technological transformation of individual industries and enterprises.
We would like to point out that digitalization determines the possibility of building coherent strategies and regulatory environment, which may involve certain financial outlays and business risks, but the lack of changes, sooner or later, leads to a loss of competitiveness. Arrangements leading to coherence of goals of individual industries require consent to certain compromises, i.e. solidarity and mutual trust based on long-term community of interests.
The entrepreneurial community is aware that in the coming 20 years, digital transformation will change all areas of the functioning of economies, societies and states to an incomparably greater extent than in the past two decades. As a result, a new economic system will be created, based on 5G networks and Industry 4.0, in which the legal framework will increasingly quickly and effectively eliminate from economic circulation those enterprises and technologies that will be harmful to the environment and climate. Therefore, it is particularly urgent to create a legal environment in which the engine of economic development will be synergistic development in the triangle:
- energy based on renewable energy and green hydrogen,
- network infrastructure integrated with industrial-class data transmission networks,
- industry 4.0 supporting networked circular economy.
Development synergy in these sectors and the resulting business models will determine the legal framework that will apply in countries with the highest level of economic development. Therefore, adapting to these requirements is a necessary condition for remaining among the leaders.
By sending this invitation to all economic self-government organizations and enterprises, we - as the organizers of the 16th TIME Economic Forum - express our belief that the entrepreneurial community is an active and creative community. Together, let's take up the challenge of launching a project in which we will transform the received proposals into concepts for a system for shaping a nationwide economic strategy with mechanisms enforcing its implementation. Only in this way will Poland be able to get out of the drift in which it has been stuck in the last few years and, unfortunately, still remains. It's high time to change this state of affairs - let's do it together!