Spotlight issue

4th April 2017 / Good governance / Public Procurement

Interview with Transport Minister Ťok: „We have a systemic problem that has more to do with our political and commercial culture than it does with the public procurement law.“

Dan Ťok accepted the post of Minister of Transportation after a long and successful career in business. Before entering politics, he chaired The Platform for Transparent Procurement, which pushed for better quality in procurement through increased planning and accountability. The Sobotka government was in the middle of its term when he joined, and his two year stay in office is scheduled to end at the end of the year. Recently, Minister Ťok traveled to Washington, DC, and Chicago to meet with government and business on the future of transportation, and helped lead a discussion in Prague on whether public procurement reform has resulted in better delivery of public services. Ťok answered a few questions after the workshop. Verze v češtině uvnitř.

3rd April 2017 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs

Eurostat: Czech Republic has lowest unemployment rate & highest job vacancy rate in EU

The Czech Republic has the lowest unemployment rate (February 2017 data) and at the same time the highest job vacancy rate (4Q 2016 data) among member states of the European Union.

3rd April 2017 / Economic policy / Employment and Social Affairs

ILO What Works series: Legislation prohibiting use of temporary contracts for permanent tasks affects use of temporary labour by firms

Legislation prohibiting the use of temporary contracts for permanent tasks (note: as is the case of the Czech republic) has a statistically significant negative influence on the use of temporary labour among all types of firms, ILO studz says.

2nd April 2017 / Politics / Social Responsibility

W. Stacey, AmChamCZ: Is it the end of the free market era?

That was the question four panelists, including myself, had to answer last week at the annual Free Market Roadshow. Although one speaker believed adamantly that all would be well, the other panelists hedged their bets. Including me.

30th March 2017 / Economic policy / Employment and Social Affairs

Czech Workforce Report 4: Employment and median wage by occupation in the South Moravian (Jihomoravsky) region for the period 2011-2016 - updated for 2016 data:

Although the number of managers remains below the 2011 level, it increased by 17% y-o-y in 2016. Private sector manager median pay fell by 5.7% y-o-y in 2016; it is the only negative wage growth among all occupational categories in both sectors. The number of technicians increased by 21%, or 16,800 positions, since 2011, mainly in the private sector.


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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