Spotlight issue

9th January 2017 / Economic policy / Employment and Social Affairs

Czech Workforce Report 3: Prague employment and average wage by occupation for the period 2011-2015

63% of employment in Prague is of professionals or technicians. Between 2011-2015 average wage grew for key occupations in the private and public sector, except for private sector managers. Public sector managers received the highest increase in pay of all occupation. Private sector managers were the only occupation to experience wage decrease. See more findings in a report drafted by the AmCham team.

19th January 2017 / Competitiveness / Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism

Radio Praha: Brno plugs into transport vision with hyperloop memorandum | Video

The Czech Republic’s second city, Brno, has signed a memorandum with the company behind a revolutionary transport concept, the hyperloop, Radio Praha writes.

19th January 2017 / Competitiveness / Digital Agenda

AmCham EU's recommendations on the implementation of GDPR

On 25 May, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) will become applicable, bringing significant changes to data protection rules across the European Economic Area (EEA).  With the adoption of the GDPR, the EU recognizes the importance of harmonizing European data protection laws, in order to facilitate cross-border commerce.

17th January 2017 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs

ILO: In Europe long-term unemployment continues to climb despite receding unemployment rates

In both Europe and North America, long-term unemployment remains stubbornly high compared to pre-crisis levels. new ILO report says. Considering that the CEE regional employment growth is projected to remain in negative territory, the expected unemployment reduction is mainly attributable to a reduction in the labour force of 0.7 per cent per year between 2016 and 2018, partly explained by rising emigration rates. 

17th January 2017 / Good governance / Elections

WPP: The Leaders' Report - global research report focused on 'Government communication in an age of anger'

According to The Leaders' Report: the future of government communication, communication leaders in many governments say they are struggling to combat declining levels of public trust in government, and that they lack the ability to keep pace with how citizens communicate and engage in the 21st century.

17th January 2017 / Politics / Trade and Investment

Aspen Institute Prague/J. Springford: Why a Hard Brexit Is Likely

Oxford Economics, a consultancy, reckons replacing single market membership with a trade agreement would cost the UK between 0.75 and 3 percent of GDP, depending on how comprehensive the trade deal is and how open Britain remains to immigration. Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund has upgraded its economic forecasts for the eurozone and the UK this year, but said British growth would slow down in 2018.


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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