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11th December 2020 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation


T-Mobile and AGC test transparent glass antennas and windows that lower signal attenuation

  • Initial testing in Europe successfully completed
  • Glass antennas for mobile networks – the ideal solution for historic city centres and densely populated areas
  • New window glass featuring a coating that lowers signal attenuation for homes and for example modern railway cars
  • Quick solution for improving coverage and increasing the capacity of mobile networks, including 5G

9th December 2020 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth


Industry and exports are expanding despite the second wave of the pandemic

Although manufacturing slowed down in October, it has still been growing decently in the second pandemic wave, with strong support from foreign demand. November will probably be weaker but not dramatically. Consequently, foreign demand significantly boosted exports while imports remained weaker. Construction declined at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

9th December 2020 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation


Avast Cybersecurity Experts Predict Covid-19 Vaccination Scams and Deepfake Disinformation Campaigns for 2021

Cybersecurity experts at Avast (LSE:AVST), a global leader in digital security and privacy products, foresee more Covid-19 vaccination scams, abuse of weak home office infrastructures, enterprise VPN infrastructure and providers, and ransomware attacks in 2021. Avast also expects deepfake disinformation campaigns and other malicious AI-generated campaigns to gain more traction. Specifically, on the Android platform, Avast experts predict further adware attacks, fleeceware scams, and stalkerware usage.

7th December 2020 / Competitiveness / Tax & Finance


The Covid insurance paradox: Prices are rising despite the drop in reported claims

Like most businesses, the insurance industry regularly evaluates the impact of the current coronavirus situation on day-to-day operations. This applies not only to insurers but also to brokers who must work in the interests of the client, whom they must assist during this difficult period and help him survive with the smallest possible losses. Therefore, we are actively discussing with our clients and evaluating the effects and possible measures regarding insurance, and we also offer the same to our potential clients. We see the services provided by brokers as an essential part of the overall risk management of each company, so do not hesitate to contact us.

4th December 2020 / Good governance / Legal Reform and Transparency


Second wave of emergency carer’s allowance

As in the spring, the government has responded to the second wave of the pandemic by taking steps to financially support both employers and employees, as well as the self-employed. Among other things, the measures adopted include an ‘emergency’ carer’s allowance, introduced at the end of October by the new Act on Changes in Providing Carers’ Allowances in Connection with Emergency Measures in the Event of an Epidemic. Compared to the spring, several changes has been made to the present emergency carer’s allowance.

Strategic Directions for Czech Economic Policy

  1. 1) Transition to High-Tech Manufacturing
  2. 2) The City Campus as Idea Factory
  3. 3) Government Programs That Drive Innovation
  4. 4) Government as a Competitive Advantage

Advocacy Priorities for 2020-2022 
 
People, Technology, Infrastructure, Cities, Government

 

2020 Actions Recommended in Areas:

1. Immigration.

2. Adult (post-graduate) Education and Training.

3. Programming as the Required Language.

4. Private Research Investment.

5. Housing Plan.

6. Establishing Policy Objectives for Research.

7. Establishing Databases for Tracking Public Policy Outcomes.

8. Public Procurement as an Innovation Tool.

9. A Government Competitiveness Scorecard.

 

Read the document in English and Czech.

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