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

8th January 2020 / Competitiveness / Trade and Investment

EY: Geopolitical uncertainty and trade tensions plague 2019 IPO landscape; 2020 set to rebound

2019 was lackluster year for IPO activity with deals and proceeds down overall Technology sector dominates with 263 IPOs raising US$62.8b in 2019 2020 expected to see more robust IPO activity, particularly in the first half of the year Geopolitical uncertainty and trade tensions heavily impacted the 2019 IPO landscape, pushing overall IPO activity down in terms of deals and proceeds. 2019 has registered 1,115 IPOs with proceeds of US$198b – a 19% fall in deal volume and a 4% decrease in proceeds compared with 2018. However, as US-China-EU trade tensions, concerns about economic growth and other geopolitical issues – including Brexit and social unrest in Hong Kong – subside, a healthy increase in IPO activity is expected in 2020, particularly in the first half of the year, as markets are expected to become more volatile leading up to the US Presidential elections.
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6th January 2020 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation

EY: 5G and IoT lead telco transformation drive, while AI and automation use cases are yet to mature

69% of telco leaders say 5G and IoT will lead digital transformation drive Only 44% see network performance as a critical use case for AI and automation 67% believe talent is the biggest obstacle to analytics and AI deployment Telco leaders are optimistic about the promise of digital transformation, but there is a lack of synergy in the application of emerging technologies at the network layer. That is according to a global EY report, Accelerating the intelligent enterprise, which includes analysis of 27 leading telcos about their digital transformation journey.
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19th December 2019 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation

Deloitte TMT Predictions: AI in a pocket, 5G deployment in companies and autonomous robots

More than 70 million on-device edge artificial intelligence (AI) chips will be sold next year. A new generation of chips will appear in a wider array of devices, from robots to smartphones. Companies will start using fifth generation networks. According to the new predictions, more than 100 will test private 5G networks. Autonomous service robots will generate more than USD 16 billion in revenue. These are some of the conclusions of Deloitte’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions 2020. 
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Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic