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30th January 2019 / Competitiveness / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth


UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2019

Global growth is expected to remain at 3.0 per cent in 2019 and 2020, however, the steady pace of expansion in the global economy masks an increase in downside risks that could potentially exacerbate development challenges in many parts of the world, according to the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2019.  The global economy is facing a confluence of risks, which could severely disrupt economic activity and inflict significant damage on longer-term development prospects. These risks include an escalation of trade disputes, an abrupt tightening of global financial conditions, and intensifying climate risks.

30th January 2019 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation


2019 Bloomberg Innovation Index: Czechia gains high scores for value added, low scores for concentration of high-tech companies

The annual Bloomberg Innovation Index, in its seventh year, analyzes dozens of criteria using seven metrics, including research and development spending, manufacturing capability and concentration of high-tech public companies.

29th January 2019 / Competitiveness / Social Responsibility


WEF Global Risks Report 2019

The report presents the results of the latest Global Risks Perception Survey, in which nearly 1,000 decision-makers from the public sector, private sector, academia and civil society assess the risks facing the world. Nine out of 10 respondents expect worsening economic and political confrontations between major powers this year. Over a ten-year horizon, extreme weather and climate-change policy failures are seen as the gravest threats.

29th January 2019 / Politics / Elections


The Future of Prague Series with Praha Sobě

On January 25, AmCham held a discussion on housing issues with Lenka Burgerová (Praha Sobě), Prague City Hall Council member and Deputy Mayor for Prague 7.

28th January 2019 / Good governance / Legal Reform and Transparency


AmCham CZ Law List 2019

Our new Law List is out. The directory of our legal members helps existing and entering businesses find the right legal partner to ensure success.

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

Advocacy Priorities for 2018-2020 
 
People 

1. Setting a predictable policy for economic immigration based on the goal of maintaining current levels of employment for Czech citizens and wage growth that corresponds to productivity growth.  

2. Establishing incentives for companies and individuals to provide the qualifications and skills necessary for the automation of production and service industries.  

3. Introducing machine and computer programming as a required language in elementary and high schools.  

4. Improving the Healthy Life Years of the workforce and overall population through better prevention programs, better diagnostics, and better treatment.  
 
Infrastructure 

1. Develop a plan for developing and maintaining an integrated rail, road and air commercial logistics systems.  

2. Integrate the Prague airport into the national commuter network.  

3. Increase digital infrastructure capacity throughout country. 

4. Develop a housing plan that will create more entry-level housing in Prague and Brno for purchase or rent.  
 
Technology 

1. Reform investment incentives to concentrate on product research, development and production.  

2. Establish policy objectives in the area of health, energy, transport, environment and other areas and use these objectives for allocating public research funds. 

3. Require major public procurements to use objective and measurable criteria for innovation. 

 

Read the document in English and Czech.

Policy pipeline

In Policy Pipeline policy developments in the Czech Republic and abroad are monitored to bring better understanding of current topics and trends.

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