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12th March 2019 / Economic policy / Health Care


AmCham Health Care Council met with MP Jiří Ventruba to discuss the state of Czech health care and our common priorities

AmCham Health Care Council met with MP Jiří Ventruba, a member of parliamentary health care committee (for ODS) to discuss the state of Czech health care and our common priorities, such as improving quality of disease registries through quality system of digitalization, and introducing the quality criteria in procurement. 

11th March 2019 / Good governance / Health Care


Distribution of Medical Devices across CEE

With little or no regulation on this subject in most of the region, some countries stand out by setting particularly strict conditions for distribution

8th March 2019 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs


International Survey on retirement: Sleepwalking into retirement poverty?

People in Europe, the USA and Australia could be sleepwalking into long-term saving and spending problems. The ING International Survey Savings 2019, the eighth in an annual series, confirms that 61% of people living in 13 European countries worry about having enough money in retirement. Responses are similar in the USA and Australia.

8th March 2019 / Politics / Elections


whitehouse.gov: Joint Statement by President of the United States Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babis

This year, the United States and Czech Republic mark the 30-year anniversary of the inspiring and world-changing events of the Velvet Revolution.  The people of Czechoslovakia took back their freedom and ended decades of Communist oppression.  We also commemorate 20 years since the Czech Republic joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

7th March 2019 / Politics / Elections


Eurostat: Czechia: Females underrepresented in the national Parliament

Women held 30% of seats in national parliaments in the EU in 2018. This share has increased since 2003, when women accounted for about one-fifth (21%) of members in national parliaments, according to Eurostat data.

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.

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