Spotlight issue

20th April 2017 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation

Czech Industrial Property Office: No. of granted patents grows, but Czech applicants could be more active abroad

The Czech Industrial Property Office granted 781 patents in 2016, of which 637, or 82%, to domestic applicants, which is the most in the last two decades. Despite the positive development, Czech applicants are still not active enough abroad, the Czech Industrial Property Office says in its 2016 annual report.

19th April 2017 / Politics / Employment and Social Affairs

President Trump orders review of U.S. visa program for bringing high-skilled foreign workers into the country | U.S. Chamber of Commerce statement

The Trump Administration has issued a new Executive Order on government procurement and H1-8 visas, which will place stricter conditions on qualifications for foreign workers and review the effectiveness of "Buy American" provisions in public procurement.

19th April 2017 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth

IMF projects Czech real GDP growth at 2.8% in 2017 and 2.2% in 2018

According to the IMF World Economic Ouitlook April 2017, world growth is projected to rise from 3.1 percent in 2016 to 3.5 percent in 2017 and 3.6 percent in 2018. The projection for the Czech Republic is 2.8% real GDP growth in 2017 and 2.2% in 2018.

18th April 2017 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation

V.Mařík, CertiCon: "Czech research organisations and firms are at the peak in, for example, machine vision, artificial intelligence and big data analysis."

Representatives of Czech firms and institutions embarked on a robotics-focused technology mission to Japan, where they visited science and technology institutions in Tokyo, Tsukuba, Osaka and Nagoya.

12th April 2017 / Good governance / Legal Reform and Transparency

European Commission publishes 2017 EU Justice Scoreboard: Czech Republic: Most reforms not completed in 2016

The Commission published the 2017 EU Justice Scoreboard giving an overview of the efficiency, quality and independence of justice systems in the EU. As for the Czech Republic, in 2016 and within the areas observed by the report, the country has adopted reform of alternative dispute resolution.

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

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