On October 12, 2010 I had the privilege to attend Professor Marek Belka’s lecture at the University of Michigan. This opportunity was arranged by Marysia Ostafin from Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies. In a private meeting with Professor Belka I introduced the Polish Mission and our future programs to promote Poland and Polonia in the 21st Century. The issues of global crisis and in Poland’s today’s economy were also discussed.
I would like to sincerely thank Gerald R. Ford School of Public and International Policy Center, cosponsors of the event. I am proud of Poland’s present economic standing among the European Union even more so about the recent government body and their strong development of Poland’s economy and finances during global crisis.
Marek Belka is president of the National Bank of Poland and former director of the IMF’s European Department. He was previously Under- Secretary General at the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe. Belka served as the Prime Minister of Poland from 2004-05, and was Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister in 1997 and Minister of Finance from 2001-02. He also served as an adviser to the prime Minister of Albania fro 1997-2001, and JP Morgan for Central and Eastern Europe from 2002-03. In 2003 he was responsible for economic policy in the interim coalition administration of Iraq. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Lodz and spent time in Columbia, the University of Chicago, and the London School of Economics.
Sincerely, Marcin Chumiecki – Director at Polish-American Art and Cultural Research Foundation.