Czech companies doing business in high-risk markets will now be able to apply for up to CZK 25 million in funding thanks to a new foreign ministry scheme unveiled on Tuesday. It says the plan is the first of its kind in Central Europe and follows the EU’s shift in focus from foreign aid to investment.
The Czech Republic is no longer the most attractive country in the Central
and Eastern European region for German investors.
According to a survey by the German-Czech Chamber of Industry and Commerce released on Wednesday, Estonia now tops the list of 15 countries.
The Czech Republic, now ranked second, had held that spot for three consecutive years. Poland placed third.
The main contributors to the decline in attractiveness are a lack of qualified people and weak vocational education, investors surveyed said. Growing labour costs, lack of transparency in public procurement and corruption are also worrying.
The Prague-based property technology company Spaceti took top honours this year at MIPIM, the world’s biggest real estate industry fair, held in the glitzy French resort town of Cannes. Co-founder Aakas Ravi spoke to Radio Prague about the start-up’s evolution from focusing on safety to its pioneering work making “smart buildings” even smarter.
Budějovický Budvar last year recorded the highest exports in its history. The brewing company – whose products are sold under the Czechvar brand name in some states – exported 1.07 million hectolitres of beer in 2018, a rise of 8.5 percent on the previous year, according to figures it has just released.
Despite the Czech government having no target date for adoption of the common European currency, an increasing number of Czech companies are using the Euro among themselves. According to data released by the Czech Chamber of Commerce, more than a fifth of all payments to domestic suppliers are now carried out in euros.
Three Czech companies have made it into the annual list of Europe’s fastest-growing companies, put together by the Financial Times. It lists 1,000 companies that achieved the highest compound annual growth rate in revenue between 2014 and 2017 of at least of 37.7 per cent, compared with 34.6 per cent last year.
Foreign and internal economic factors will cause the Czech exports sector to lose its breath in the second quarter of 2019, at least according to an export prediction method produced by the Exporter Association and Raiffeisen Bank. Authors of the study say that the under saturated labour market in the Czech Republic has forced many companies to delay their deliveries and thus hindered potential orders from abroad.
Exports from the Czech Republic are likely to slow down in the next
quarter, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday, citing the Export Index
put together by Raiffeisenbank and the Association of Exporters.
Among the main factors behind the negative development is the slowdown of German economy, uncertainty regarding Brexit and the threat of US President Donald Trump to impose a 25 percent tax on European cars.
Exports from the Czech Republic increased by 2 percent year-on-year in December to 316.1 billion crowns.
The Czech economy grew 2.8 percent year on year in the final quarter of 2018, above market expectations, revised data released on Friday by the Czech Statistical Office show. Analysts said it sent a positive signal that domestic growth remains sold despite a downturn in the Eurozone, and in particular Germany, the Czech Republic’s main export market.
The amount of property investment in the Czech Republic went down by EUR
2.62 billion in 2018, a cut back of 30 percent compared to the previous
year, a study by consultancy company Colliers International says.
Transactions also decreased by 27 percent. According to the authors of the
study this is a consequence of the low amount of quality property
investments currently on offer.
Colliers International says it expects this year’s investment rate to remain largely the same as in 2018.
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