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					COMPETITIVENESS OF THE
CZECH REPUBLIC


26. October 2011 / Petr Jonák
BIG ISSUE
COMPETITIVENESS IS BEING DISCUSSED MORE AND MORE

 • Over 12.200 articles about competitiveness in the Czech media in less than 10 months
   of 2011
   – 2010 – 9.300 articles
   – 2009 – 6.370 articles

 • Main reasons:
   – crisis in the EU
   – worsening of the international competitiveness of the Czech Republic
   – International Competitiveness Strategy of the Czech Republic


 • Who is the driver of the discussion? Politics, business, chambers?

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WASTING OF TIME?
…MONEY, PEOPLE, ENERGY…?

 • First results:
   –   document with approx. 500 pages, 200 measures, 43 projects…
   –   Government Council for Competitiveness and Information Society
   –   4 working committees
   –   Delivery unit

 • Signs of hope:
   – Czech Republic needed some strategy and direction (last one from 2004)
   – Wide range of stakeholders and experts have been involved (confederations, chambers, trade unions,
     academic sphere…)
   – very good description, realistic solutions and detailed implementation plan

          Strategy as a good quide across the problems and solutions of the Czech economy


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COMPETITIVENESS OF THE STRATEGY
HOW SERIOUSLY WILL IT BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT?


 • Written strategy is a sine qua non. Implementation will be crucial for the future success.
 • Key role of the prime minister (not Government council)
 • Key role of media (watchdog of the time schedule)

 • The accid test:
   –   Short term measures
   –   Regulation Impact Assessment (RIA)
   –   Meeting the time schedule
   –   Breaching the implementation plan


 • „Back to the swimmsuit shape“ strategy?


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WHAT ARE THE CRUCIAL PILLARS?
3i strategy? 4i? 5i?


 • Three basic pilars from the view of the Government:
   – Institutions
   – Infrastructure
   – Innovations


 Is that enough?

 • Intelligence – skills and knowledge are the only things which can not be infringed

 • Intuition - seeking the future strengths and opportunities (Export strategy, Educational reform,
   Energy strategy)
   Wayne Gretzky – „I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.“

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VIEW OF THE TRANSPORT COMPANY
INFRASTRUCTURE


 • Still one of the comparative advantages of the Czech Republic (and one of the sources of success
   in attracting the Foreign Investments)
 • Huge hidden internal debt
 • Missing sustainability – too many launched projects and a lack of money for the key ones
 • Missing credibility – chaotic interruptions of the projects, missing clear and widely accepted
   concept
 • Missing complexity – strategies for road transport, however the rail transport is being omitted
   (fee for usage of rails, support of combined transport, sidings in industrial zones…)
 • Missing integrated approach – together with municipalities, EU, companies…




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VIEW OF THE TRANSPORT COMPANY
INFRASTRUCTURE



 • Open AWT terminal Ostrava-Paskov:
 - Central railway junction for all main
   European ports and terminals




 Czech Republic should havethe ambition to become a logistic hub of Europe

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VIEW OF THE TRANSPORT COMPANY
EXPORT STRATEGY
 • The importance of traditional EU markets is falling
 • New markets - Asia, Russia and former Soviet Union countries, Turkey, former Yugoslavia
   countries, BRIC countries
 • Companies need to diversify the exports and find new markets
 • Role of government:
   – Business intelligence, analysis, data mining
   – Narrow cooperation of the institutions
   – Door opener, advisor




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