Polish Cabinet announced by prime minister

January 06, 1991|By Kay Withers | Kay Withers,Special to The Sun

WARSAW -- Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, Poland's new prime minister, presented his Cabinet yesterday and outlined an economic program for the nation.

Mr. Bielecki, a provincial businessman whom President Lech Walesa appointed after others refused the post, kept only four of the outgoing ministers in a government that he said was composed of experts regardless of their political affiliation.

His program differed little from that of the previous government and, in any case, he will scarcely have time to implement it. As he himself told the Sejm, or parliament, the new government is to last only until general elections, expected in the spring.

Mr. Bielecki promised a stock market this year, an end to the state banking cartel, a new tax system and liberalized rules governing foreign capital, especially capital transfer.

From the West, he said, Poland expects a reduction of its debts. This country's hard-currency debt stands at $45 billion and is growing.

In presenting his ministerial lineup, Mr. Bielecki said that he had abolished the Ministry of Domestic Trade because it is obsolete in a market economy and that he would transform the Central Planning Office into an institute of economic analysis.

The new Cabinet drew heavily on Mr. Bielecki's hometown of Gdansk and other provincial centers.

Finance Minister Leszek Balcerowicz, author of the current austerity policies, remained at his post, as did Foreign Minister Krzysztof Skubiszewski, Defense Minister Piotr Kolodziejczyk and Communications Minister Jerzy Slezak.

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