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29th July 2019 / Competitiveness / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth


BCG 2019 Sustainable Economic Development Assessment: Czech Republic ranks 24th

Boston Consulting Group’s Sustainable Economic Development Assessment (SEDA) tracks relative well-being of a country’s citizens and provides insight into how well a country converts its wealth into well-being. Ten dimension and fourty indicators have been assessed for 143 countries in the 2019 data set. Czechia ranks 24th.

26th July 2019 / Competitiveness / Tax & Finance


J.P.Morgan: 2019 Global Payments Trends Report - European Overview: Czech Republic with Highest Predicted E-Commerce Growth

E-commerce growth as a whole across the European region remains strong. It is slowing slightly in more mature markets such as the United Kingdom, France and Germany. However, a number of smaller markets present compelling opportunities. Of the 18 European countries we examined, 10 are projected to enjoy double-digit e-commerce market expansion between now and 2021, with the Czech Republic (16 percent), Italy (14 percent) and Spain (13.5 percent) ranking highest for predicted growth, J.P.Morgan write in their 2019 Global Payments Trends Report - European Overview publication.

26th July 2019 / Good governance / Legal Reform and Transparency


bpv LEGAL: WHISTLEBLOWING PROTECTIONS IN THE CEE AND THE IMPACT OF THE RECENT EC DIRECTIVE

Major recent whistleblowing affairs like LuxLeaks have sparked a debate in Europe about not only the content, but also the methods, of the disclosures involved. Some whistleblowers have faced criticism and even legal action - all against the backdrop of a legal landscape in Europe with widely varying national rules and regulations governing whistleblowing. Seeking to harmonize law across the EU while encouraging responsible and effective whistleblowing, the EC earlier this year adopted a directive for member states to enact comprehensive legislation that helps public and privatesector insiders report EU law violations by establishing formal procedures for whistleblowing and protections for those who use them. In this article, we look at what the EC’s directive might mean for whistleblowers and their employers within the context of the current patchwork of regulations in several CEE jurisdictions.

26th July 2019 / Competitiveness / Education


QS World University Rankings 2020: Nine Czech Universities in Top 1,000

A total of 18 universities in the Czech Republic feature in the top 300 of the QS EECA University Rankings 2019 – a dedicated ranking of top universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia. Nine Czech universities have made it to the QS World University Ranking 2020.

26th July 2019 / Competitiveness / Education


THE Europe Teaching Rankings 2019: Five Czech Unis Among 200 Most Popular for Teaching and Learning Environment

The Europe Teaching Rankings is part of Times Higher Education’s series of tables focusing on higher education institutions’ teaching and learning environments for students. The results are heavily drawn from the THE European Student Survey, that this year received responses from 125,000 students across 18 countries.

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. 

 

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