Spotlight issue

19th March 2020 / Economic policy / Employment and Social Affairs

AmCham Comments on Government Programs to prevent unemployment from temporary, severe loss of revenue caused by the coronavirus

Our view is that the strict containment measures adopted by the Czech Republic are necessary not only to contain the spread of disease in order to prevent a breakdown in the healthcare system and consequent greater loss of life, but also to avoid the longterm economic damage a significant outbreak could cause. Therefore, we propose the government pursue immediate economic measures that will mitigate the damage of virus and its containment and then prepare regulatory changes that can make recovery swifter and more sustainable.

1) Pass some form of the Ministry of Social Affairs proposal by March 20.

2) Consider introducing renewable time limits and a salary cap for government contributions.

3) Consider moving from a kurzarbeit-style program to direct company payments if the containment period lasts more than a month.

18th March 2020 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs

The Czech Republic: COVID-19 - immigration implications

Further to the emergency status to be applied by the Government in the Czech Republic, we wanted to provide an update on immigration measures the Czech Republic applies in relation to the COVID-19 disease outbreak. Besides the general measures related to traveling to and from the affected countries:

18th March 2020 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth

IMF: Policy Action for a Healthy Global Economy

While quarantining and social distancing is the right prescription to combat COVID-19’s public health impact, the exact opposite is needed when it comes to securing the global economy.

Constant contact and close coordination are the best medicine to ensure that the economic pain inflicted by the virus is relatively short-lived.

18th March 2020 / Competitiveness / Business and Industry

Czech Republic: Temporary border closure, implications for employees (COVID-19)

The Czech borders were closed on 16 March 2020 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

18th March 2020 / Competitiveness / Business and Industry

What is needed to assess organizational exposure to COVID 19?

Businesses with extensive presence in or direct ties to affected areas must take immediate actions to assess organizational exposure, positioning them to appropriately support key stakeholders, employees and customers.

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.


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