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16th April 2019 / Politics / Elections


US Politics Watch: Four scenarios for 2020 and beyond

The US Presidential election next year has the potential to be even more contentious and unpredictable than the last. This major report, written in conjunction with Oxford Analytica, looks at the political and economic implications of four key scenarios. We'll update the core findings every month until the vote is held.

16th April 2019 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs


Employee Experience the Top Priority for Czech Businesses with Only a Third of Them Prepared

One of the major topics for Czech businesses in terms of human capital relates to employee experience with a focus on human approach and meaningfulness of work (86%). Nevertheless, only 36% of respondents believe that their business is prepared for that. These are the results of Deloitte 2019 Global Human Capital Trends study. Ten thousand respondents from 119 countries including the Czech Republic took part.

11th April 2019 / Competitiveness / Business and Industry


Emerging Trends in Real Estate® The global outlook for 2019

The political and economic uncertainty of the past year will likely persist in key markets throughout 2019, yet real estate continues to attract capital and demonstrate its enduring appeal as an investment asset class.

The acquisition of income-producing commercial real estate increased by 3 percent to $963.7 billion in 2018, the third highest annual total on record, after 2007 and 2015.

9th April 2019 / Competitiveness / Tax & Finance


CMS European M&A Study 2019: Sellers set the agenda, despite market uncertainty

The "seller-friendly" dynamic in European M&A transactions strengthened during 2018, notwithstanding a drop-off in volumes towards the end of the year. This comes in marked contrast to the US market, where risk allocation continues to favour the buyer.

These conclusions were published by CMS today in the 11th edition of its annual European M&A Study, a multi-year analysis of the key legal provisions within M&A agreements. The study is the most comprehensive of its kind and is based on a proprietary database comprising more than 4,000 deals over a 12-year eriod. 

5th April 2019 / Economic policy / Energy and Environment


WEF/Quartz: The average person in Europe loses two years of their life due to air pollution

The average person living in Europe loses two years of their life to the health effects of breathing polluted air, according to a report published in the European Heart Journal on March 12.

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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