Spotlight issue

4th April 2017 / Good governance / Public Procurement

Interview with Transport Minister Ťok: „We have a systemic problem that has more to do with our political and commercial culture than it does with the public procurement law.“

Dan Ťok accepted the post of Minister of Transportation after a long and successful career in business. Before entering politics, he chaired The Platform for Transparent Procurement, which pushed for better quality in procurement through increased planning and accountability. The Sobotka government was in the middle of its term when he joined, and his two year stay in office is scheduled to end at the end of the year. Recently, Minister Ťok traveled to Washington, DC, and Chicago to meet with government and business on the future of transportation, and helped lead a discussion in Prague on whether public procurement reform has resulted in better delivery of public services. Ťok answered a few questions after the workshop. Verze v češtině uvnitř.

25th April 2017 / Economic policy / Employment and Social Affairs

Czech Workforce Report 5 updated for 2016 data: Ústecký region: Employment & Median Wage 2011-2016

The region experienced employment drop during the 2011-2016 period; more manual than non-manual jobs were eliminated in the period. However, year-on-year in 2016, 3,300 jobs were added, both manual and non-manual.

24th April 2017 / Politics / Elections

AmCham France: French Presidential Elections: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will compete in the final round, after a defeat of mainstream parties

Following yesterday's vote, Emmanuel Macron, who describes himself as liberal and centrist, came first (23,86%) and will face off against the runner-up, Marine Le Pen (21,43%) of the far right. This is the first time in the Fifth Republic that the candidates of France’s established parties (the Socialists and Republicans) have not reached the run-off, AmCham France comments.

24th April 2017 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs

Czech Statistical Office: Commuters working in Prague make 16% of country's total employment

According to the Czech Statistical Office, over 40% of employees working in Brno and Prague have attained tertiary education. Commuters working in Prague make 16% of the country's total employment.

21st April 2017 / Economic policy / Employment and Social Affairs

Czech Workforce Report 3 updated for 2016 data: Prague Employment and Median Wage 2011-2016

Although the number of managers remains below the 2011 level, it increased by 8% y-o-y in 2016 (3,200 positions added, mainly in the private sector). The numbers of professionals, technicians and clerical workers exceed their 2011 totals, most remarkably in the case of professionals (an increase by 11%, or 17,300 positions, since 2011, mainly in the private sector).

20th April 2017 / Competitiveness / Trade and Investment

CEE Real Estate Investment reports: Across EMEA industrial/logistics investment gains in popularity. Slovak, Czech markets were largest origins & destinations of CEE cross-border flow in 2011-16

The Slovak and Czech markets were both the largest origins and destinations of CEE cross-border flow in 2011-16, according to the CEE Real Estate Investment Compass 2017 by Colliers International and CMS. Investment volumes within EMEA draws a very mixed picture despite an overall reduction in both deal-flow and volumes.


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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