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6th June 2019 / Economic policy / Technology, R&D and Innovation


AmCham tour of ICRC: Without companies, researchers would not be able to deliver innovations to patients and improve their lives

On 5 June, AmCham members took another full-day tour of FNUSA-ICRC clinical and research facilities in St. Anne’s University Hospital and Biology Park in Brno.

30th May 2019 / Economic policy / Health Care


AmCham Health Care Council discussed ways towards quality and innovation in health care with Prof. L.Dušek, Institute of Health Information and Statistics

AmCham Health Care Council met with Prof. Ladislav Dušek, Director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic ÚZIS.

29th May 2019 / Politics / Elections


Grayling election report - European Parliament in a Czech context

21  MEPs from 7 different parties. The Czechs elected a diverse group to the European Parliament.

29th May 2019 / Economic policy / Employment and Social Affairs


ING Bank Survey: Elderly care and housing demand in the EU

Ageing is not just a story about declining economic potential,  ING Bank says in their most recent report. The other side of the coin shows rising demand for products and services that are tailored to the needs of the elderly. In this report, we try and find out where demand for elderly care and housing is most promising and we attempt to do this by comparing eleven European countries.

29th May 2019 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth


The end of the golden era: is the Czech crown and the CNB in the grip of weak Germany?

The Czech economy has visibly benefited from strong ties with Germany over the past five years. The German economy grew on average by 1.8%, which is significantly more than in the previous decade (1.1%). That is why it was the driving force behind the growth of the entire euro area - contributing to its performance by about one third. But the favorable climate in Germany is getting worse. We assume that growth in the coming years will be much slower and will have problems overcoming 1%. And that will have its consequences in the Czech Republic.

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.

Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic