Photo by: Eliza Radzikowska-Białobrzewska/Kancelaria Prezydenta Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej
During his speech at SGH Warsaw School of Economics referred to events before 25 years. In his opinion the union workers, former opposition, was not armoured enough with skills to transform the regime into free-market economy. "This is why the academic staff of this school was such a precious supply" - commented the President. He also remembered Tadeusz Mazowiecki, who had said that without the ability to attract people from different political walks of life it would be impossible to start this great act of change.
The President expressed his thanks to those who had supported the big reform in the past and to those who had it conducted. "I thank this school for changing our way of thinking by changing its way of thinking in the first place" - he said.
Addressing Leszek Balcerowicz present in the audience - he mentioned that without people of strong nature, strongly convinced about their own right and their courage to confortn their opinions and beliefs against changing moods of public opinion - this great act would not have happened.
President's appearance at a university was also used by him to address problems of today's education. "The key to success lies in a deep reform of our education and research systems which has to be able to successfully compete with global challenges" - he underscored.See more pictures of the presidential visit at SGH Warsaw School of Economics and the 25 Years of Transformation Conference
In his keynote speech Professor Leszek Balcerowicz outlined that if economic freedom is taken away all other freedoms have to be taken away as well. "Fighting for reforms is not a hopeless task. It's a noble task. This is a national goal" - he said. Bogusław Fiedor, Jacob Frenkel, Danuta Hübner, Jerzy Hausner and Lajos Bokros took part in a panel session dedicated to trasformation in POland and other post-communist countries. Next sessions involved Stanisław Gomułka, Christopher Hartwell, Oleh Havrylyshyn, Ulrich Karpen, David Kemme, Ali Kutan, Anna Giza-Poleszczuk, Lucjan Orłowski and Jarosław Bełdowski.
Official website of the conference: www.25yearsoftransformation.pl
Greeting the President in the SGH main auditorium
Keynote speech of Leszek Balcerowicz
From left to right: Rector of Poznan University of Economics and Chairman of the Board of Rectors of Universities of Economics Professor Marian Gorynia, Rector of SGH Warsaw School of Economics Professor Tomasz Szapiro, and Professor Jerzy Hausner
See more pictures of the presidential visit at SGH Warsaw School of Economics and the 25 Years of Transformation Conference