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4th April 2019 / Competitiveness / Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism


Prague Convention Bureau: Jubilee 10th Meeting Industry Awards Ceremony Took Place in Prague

Prague, 4 April 2019 – The Prague Convention Bureau paid tribute to the distinguished Czech scientists, professors, physicians and other elite experts for their contribution to the Prague meeting industry, at the 10th Ambassador Awards Evening. The award ceremony took place on 3 April 2019 at the Residence of the Mayor of Prague.

3rd April 2019 / Economic policy / Health Care


Invitation: Health Care 2.0: How Health Insurance Companies Should Be Functioning?

Health Care 2.0 invites to a discussion, which will be held on Tuesday 23 April 2019 at 3 pm in the building of the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (NHÚ AV ČR building), Politických vězňů 7, Praha 1, 2nd floor, room no. 7. The event will be held in Czech.

3rd April 2019 / Competitiveness / Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism


Radio Praha: New art guide to Prague reveals lesser known cultural hotspots

A new guide to Prague, called Curator, attempts to show the city to locals and tourists in a different light. A group of three art historians have handpicked the best of Prague galleries, contemporary spaces, paintings and sculptures, art cafés and art in the streets and interviewed people who have something to say about them. Instead of the traditional sights and overpriced tourists traps, Curator invites its users to discover interesting, and lesser-known places lying off the beaten tourist track, Radio Praha writes.

2nd April 2019 / Economic policy / Employment and Social Affairs


AmCham Czech Workforce Report 2019 - General Trends

AmCham members received the 2019 Czech Workforce Report to help them with their business planning. The report contains info on population trends, internal migration, employment, wages, and education

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


ING Bank Czech Republic: CNB Review: The May rate hike is still on the table

The Czech National Bank remained on hold today as expected. The neutral tone of Governor Rusnok’s press conference has been an outlier within the realm of the dovish bias of central banks globally. A CNB hike in May, when the new forecast is presented, still remains on the cards if the data stabilizes and Czech koruna remains soft, ING Bank Czech Republic writes.

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.

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