Spotlight issue

9th July 2018 / Competitiveness / Digital Agenda

R. Urbánek, GM Microsoft CZ&SK: "The purpose of artificial intelligence is to multiply the natural abilities of people."

When Henry Ford said: "For most purposes, a man with a machine is better than a man without a machine," he certainly did not know how his words would resonate even 100 years later at the threshold of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, says Rudolf Urbánek, General Manager for Czech Republic and Slovakia at Microsoft, in his blog.

20th July 2018 / Good governance / Public Procurement

Invitation: Conference Social responsibility and quality in public procurement

The conference Social responsibility and quality in public procurement will be held on September 20, 2018, 9 AM - 17 PM, at the Congress Centre of the Czech National Bank, Senovážné náměstí 30, Prague 1, and is organized by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic.

20th July 2018 / Good governance / Digital Agenda

B.Smith, President Microsoft: Facial recognition technology: The need for public regulation and corporate responsibility

All tools can be used for good or ill. Even a broom can be used to sweep the floor or hit someone over the head. The more powerful the tool, the greater the benefit or damage it can cause. The last few months have brought this into stark relief when it comes to computer-assisted facial recognition – the ability of a computer to recognize people’s faces from a photo or through a camera. This technology can catalog your photos, help reunite families or potentially be misused and abused by private companies and public authorities alike, Brad Smith, President, Microsoft writes.

20th July 2018 / Competitiveness / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth

BCG: The 2018 Sustainable Economic Development Assessment

Boston Consulting Group released their 2018 Sustainable Economic Development Assessement (SEDA) focused on wealth and well-being. The analysis included 152 countries and used data from 2007 through 2016, finding out, among other things, that countries that focus on enhancing well-being not only raise the standard of living of their citizens but also set their country up for stronger and more resilient economic growth.

18th July 2018 / Competitiveness / Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism

Exporters rely on carrier insurance despite risk of losses

According to Czech Statistical Office data, Czech exports grew by 6% between 2016 and 2017. Despite the fact that the average value of the exported goods also attacks the 290 billion crowns in the first five months of 2018, exporters rely on the fact that the goods are sufficiently insured through carrier insurance. In many cases, however, this insurance does not provide a sufficient cover. This applies in particular to international haulage of high-value smaller goods, such as electronics.

18th July 2018 / Competitiveness / Energy and Environment

The use of energy in government administration buildings is ineffective

More than three quarters of government buildings in the Czech Republic are not energy effective. This represents a loss of approximately half a billion Czech crowns per year. Those are conclusions of Deloitte's study Energy Savings in Public Administration prepared by the UN Global Compact Czech Republic, a network of companies and organisations. The study focuses on social responsibility and sustainable development.


Strategic Directions for Czech Economic Policy

  1. 1) The home of value-added manufacturing
  2. 2) Prague-Brno-Ostrava Creative Triangle
  3. 3) Health Care as an export industry
  4. 4) Government as a competitive advantage

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