Oecd just revised its 2018 figure of gdp growth from 4.2 to 4.6% - a phenomenal rate for a developed country.
Yes, but the brake on growth is labour - that is also the OECD's assessment. The labour market is fast tightening, creating wage inflation and workforce shortages which are predicted to get worse. That is holding back even greater growth. Although Poland is not quite fully developed as a country - it is still building infrastructure and opening up new areas of the economy/country, hence the rapid growth. Depopulation, brain drain and barriers to incoming talent threatens that.
R and d doesnt pay the bills today
You're missing the point. You have to build and invest in the infrastructure (physical and social) or it will never happen. R&D is a competitive field. With Brexit, if Poland had any sense it would be pouring money into universities, tripling salaries and flinging open the doors to anyone with a PhD, running English as a parallel language in the education sector, and massively cutting red tape for start-ups. But it isn't, so Finland and France are doing it instead and poaching some of the best talent and wealth-creation in the world, while Polish universities and institutional structures are still run as if they're stuck in the 1950s.
The British university sector is one of the biggest drivers of the 5th largest economy in the world (you could say the same for California). That didn't happen by accident. It happened because of policy. Now that policy is being forcibly changed (Brexit), it should be boom time for competitors and growing economies like Poland. Instead, it's still pushing its best talent abroad and making itself highly unattractive for anyone to invest their talent there. It's not just African migrants that Poland repels - it's virtually everyone in the European tech/academic sector too. That aint good for developing your economy beyond Korean tomato pickers.
And, in all seriousness, are you really comfortable with North Korean people being used as slave labour in Poland (or anywhere), with their lives and money controlled by a govt minder? I mean, I'm sure you have some humanity. These are people, working like slaves in Poland. You know it isn't right.
Besides, poles take a far more practical view towards r and d thats more similar to russia and China
And those are low wage manufacturing economies. Poland can't compete with that because it doesn't have the people, and is still leaking people at an alarming rate. The UK and USA were also low-wage manufacturing economies once, but they have developed past that, which went hand-in-hand with increased living standards - it's now Poles that do factory work in the UK, and Ukrainians that do it in Poland.
To maintain that kind of economy and growth, Poland will need to keep wages low to remain competitive, yet it will also need to maintain the labour force. It can only do that by immigration - by contuinually importing people who will work for low wages while the Poles take the management roles and living standards rise. You must know this, with your business head on.
So unless Poland wants to face up to becoming an economy reliant on low-wage immigration from southenr Europe, then Asian, then Africa, it will have to develop into services, tech and R&D. Which means investing in universities, cutting red tape, and adopting a globalised model (open doors to skilled immigration, welcoming society, simple bureaucracy, ease of language).
The alternative is to peg Poles into low-skilled, low wage jobs with stagnant living standards, which wont work on election day. So Poland needs to develop its policies fast, because at the moment it is very confused and is relying on current growth (boosted by EU infrastructure opening up the country and access to EU markets) which wont be sustained in the medium term.