This section feature research, opinion and progress reports on how the Czech Republic compares to other EU countries economically. It includes analysis of international rankings such as the WEF and World Bank.

Spotlight issue

27th July 2018 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation

W.Stacey, AmCham CZ: Higher wages depend on more productive research

In mid-July, I had the privilege of participating in a discussion on dividends, sector taxes, and, ultimately, economic strategy with some influential and interesting economic policymakers, including Josef Stredula of the Unions, Karel Havlicek of Association of Small Businesses, and Radek Spicar of the Confederation of Industry. Everyone at the table deals with these issues daily, and do not agree on many details. This can sometimes lead to the conclusion that they agree on nothing. That is not true. In such a situation, sometimes it is necessary to widen the angle of the lens and, once you see the wider landscape, you can refocus.
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11th December 2018 / Competitiveness / Tax & Finance

EY: Every third Czech would happily switch to a competitor offering better online financial services. Are banks ready for the digital banking revolution?

Banks aren’t innovative enough and are losing touch with clients More than half of Czechs with a mortgage took it out somewhere other than their primary bank A quarter of clients wouldn't hesitate to share more personal information with a financial services provider in exchange for better customized services
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23rd November 2018 / Competitiveness / Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism

PCB: Prague is the Second-Best City in the Region of Central and Eastern Europe in Terms of Sustainable Development

Prague, according to the latest Sustainable Cities Index (SCI) of the Arcadis international consultancy, ranked among the top of sustainable cities in the CEE region from the point of view of the local population. The Czech metropolis was ranked 23rd on the global scale. Arcadis' Sustainable Cities Index 2018 presents London as the city in the lead, followed by Stockholm and Edinburgh. In the first twenty, there are 14 European cities, 3 Asian and 3 North American cities, Prague Convention Bureau writes.
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15th November 2018 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation

Eurostat: The highest share of employed persons with an ICT education who were men was in Czechia (93 %) in 2017

In 2017, men accounted for 84 % of the 2.7 million people in the European Union (EU) who were employed and who had an information and communication technology (ICT) education. In the period 2012-2017, the share in Czechia ranged from almost 87% to over 96%.
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Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic