Spotlight issue

30th January 2024 / Economic policy / Technology, R&D and Innovation

AmCham Big Bet presentations in Brno

“Brno has all the ingredients an economy needs to be innovative.” AmCham Vice-President Ondřej Krajíček of Y Soft posited to sum up our recent discussion with the author of The Country for the Future vision, Karel Havlíček, Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of the Czech Republic. “What we need now is the confidence to bet on our abilities and a higher commitment to cooperate with each other to achieve our goals.”

30th January 2024 / Good governance / Legal Reform and Transparency

Czech NIS2 implemantation: Engage a diverse group of professionals, not just IT guys

Anticipated completion of the European NIS2 Directive's integration into Czech law is set for late 2024, facilitated by the new Czech Cybersecurity Act (CSA) and associated decrees. This legislative shift will impact an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 Czech companies, formerly exempt from cybersecurity regulations, necessitating the adoption of measures for compliance. Since the CSA is a complex legal regulation, it is advisable to engage a spectrum of experts, extending beyond IT to include legal and compliance professionals, in this transformative process.

The spectrum of potentially affected companies generally encompasses medium to large enterprises across 60 services and almost 20 sectors. These services span from ICT and digital services providers to traditional sectors such as energy, transport, healthcare, water supply, automotive and food processing.

29th January 2024 / Good governance / Social Responsibility

Citi Foundation Announces 2024 Global Innovation Challenge to Strengthen Nonprofits Pioneering Solutions to Homelessness

The Citi Foundation issued a Request for Proposals for its latest Global Innovation Challenge, a funding model to help scale the impact of nonprofits around the world that are tackling some of society’s most pressing issues. The 2024 Global Innovation Challenge will provide a collective $25 million in catalytic funding to 50 community organizations working in novel ways to address homelessness.

24th January 2024 / Competitiveness / Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism

Exclusive survey of hoteliers done by JAN Hospitality - Hotel Experts

Hotel occupancy in the Czech Republic grew last year. Hotel bookings rose by more than 10% in some places.

Hotel sector is back after the coveted years on the rise. Czech hotels report higher occupancy rates and greater satisfaction with sales 
and profits. The biggest challenges are currently seen as staff shortages and high energy prices. This is according to an exclusive survey of hoteliers conducted by JAN Hospitality - Hotel Experts at the end of 2023. 

Strategic Directions for Czech Economic Policy

  1. Transition to High-Tech Manufacturing and Exports
  2. The City Campus as Idea Factory
  3. Government Programs and Processes That Drive Innovation
  4. Government as a Competitive Advantage, including Digitization

Advocacy Priorities for 2023 
Technology, People, Infrastructure


Actions Recommended in Areas:

1. Establishing Policy Objectives for Research.

2. Research Investment and Cooperation. Big Bets (Key Technology Projects).

3. Establishing Databases for Tracking Public Policy Outcomes.

4. Public Procurement as an Innovation Tool.

5. Immigration of STEM Talents.

6. Digitization of Immigration. 

7. Adult Reskilling and Upskilling.

8. Digitization of Land Use.

9. Infrastructure Development, including Technology Parks.



Read the documents in English and Czech.

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