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					 ICT in the Czech Republic

    Naples                 12th June, 2008

CZECH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – Bench mark in Business
     Czech Republic:
     the midway of enlarged European Union
The Czech Republic is
situated in Central Europe
Area:
78 864 km2
Population:
10.3 million
Capital:
Praha (Prague)




               CZECH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – Bench mark in Business
        Basic Macroeconomic Indicators
                                                  2004          2005          2006         2007
Gross Domestic Product         %; y/y                    4,5            6,4          6,4          6,5
Export of Goods and Services %; y/y
                                                      20,7             11,8       14,4         14,5
Import of Goods and Services %; y/y
                                                      17,9           5,0          13,8         13,7
Average Real wages             %; y/y                  3,7           3,3            3,8         4,4
Inflation                      %; (average)            2,8           1,9            2,5         2,8
Unemployment                   %; (average)           9,19          8,97          8,13         6,62
Average monthly salary         USD                     702          868            915        1068
CZK/USD                        average/year        25,701         23,947       22,609       20,308
CZK/EUR                        average/year        31,904         29,784       28,343       27,762
                  CZECH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – Bench mark in Business Source: Ministry of Industry
   Foreign Direct Investment : Priority sectors in 2008
Traditional sectors of Czech Industry with growth potential
 Electronics; Precision Engineering and Automobile Industry
 Chemicals and Plastics
High-tech manufacturing
 Microelectronics and Semiconductors
 Biotechnology and Pharmaceutics
 Optoelectronics
High-tech services
 Information and Communication Technologies, Software
Development
 Strategic Services - Shared Service Centres, Expert Centres
 High-Tech Repair Centres
             CZECH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – Bench mark in Business
   The Czech Republic :
   Partner for Business in the EU

Czech Republic: situated in Central Europe
Springboard to new EU markets, Eastern Europe
Internal EU market: no internal borders
One set of customs rules (same for all EU 27)
Small open economy:
   liberal rules
   easy investment
High standard of legal rules
            CZECH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – Bench mark in Business
      Czech republic: Competitiveness in knowledge and
      information society
Relatively cheap but qualified labour force
High quality of university education in IT/ICT and technical fields
Innovations and quality of goods and services are key factors of
 future economic growth in CEE because the “cost advantage”
 has been shrinking
Czech small internal market does not bring enough opportunities
 for local IT/ICT players (exports, branches abroad)
The E-government process began 10 years ago, most of the
 projects are in the process of implementation currently

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    The Czech Republic :
    Information and communication technologies
Positive economic development in recent years
 (two-digit export growth, positive balance of foreign trade, low
 unemployment rate)
ICT market experienced a stormy growth during recent years
Czech republic invests a comparable amount of money in ICT as
 the EU average (measured in % GDP)
Czech republic has one of the most developed ICT markets
 within the new EU members
Equipment of Czech companies by IT systems has increased
 rapidly since 1989
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      The Czech Republic :
      Information and communication technologies
Level of ICT spending: 3% of GDP (average of EU: 3,15%)
ICT spending have been growing by 5-6% in recent years
Market of IT services (hardware and software maintenance) has
 been raising by more than 10% per year recently
The Czech republic has become an important center providing
 services with high added value
The Czech government supports inflow of Foreign direct
 investments mainly to this type of services via CzechInvest


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     The Czech Republic :
     Trends in ICT
In the 90΄s most of the IT investments focused in IT
 infrastructure (PCs, servers, PC net connections)
Many big Czech companies implemented SAP for their daily
 processes (finance, personnel administration, logistics)
Currently many companies (big and medium) establish Business
 Intelligence units (Data warehouses)
CRM and ERP systems are also implemented widely also in
 medium enterprises
Very progressive approach to new ICT technologies: upgrades
 and innovations are implemented in short period of time in CR
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     The Czech Republic :
      FDI in ICT
Strong inflow of FDI into ICT field in the Czech republic:
 Sun Microsystems (development and technology center);
 Hewlett Packard (regional headquarters for IT support in EMEA);
 Honeywell (global support center for aviation manufacturing)
 Computer Sciences Corporation (IT support center)
 Red Hat (Software development center)
 IBM (Global Services Delivery center)
 Soluziona (IT services and consulting)
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Exports of IT goods to Italy
(1999 – 2007) in thousand USD




       CZECH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – Bench mark in Business
     Activities of Czech IT companies abroad
Export of information technologies is growing by 15% a year
Success of Czech IT companies abroad:
 STROM Telecom (Sitronics group) information systems for
 telecommunications; activities in 14 countries; AR: 200 mil. EUR
 Grisoft (major owner - Intel since 2005) anti-virus software
 Zoner – graphics and digital photography software; branches in
 the U.S., Slovakia, Hungary and Japan
 Cleverance – IS for telecommunications, Finance and E-
 Government systems, dynamic growth of sales and exports
 Asseco – realization of E-projects for Czech government
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     E-government Projects in the Czech republic
Czech Point – integrated certifying office of public administration
E-justice – on-line register of legal proceedings at courts, on-line
 monitoring of lawsuits, connection with server of Czech police
E-register – possibility to communicate with all offices of public
 administration electronically
IS for insolvency register – on-line information of insolvency
 register in order to speed up proceedings
National program of PC literacy – increase in PC and internet
 knowledge
Regional Projects: E-learning programs, IS for property mngmt.
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     E-government Projects: Czech Point
The most important project implemented in 2007
Goal: information sharing, informatics towards citizens,
 decrease in public expenditures, effective communication with
 public administration
Services: Release of abstracts of business records, real estate
 register, trade register and criminal record
Continual increase in Czech Point offices during 2008 up to 1500
 (Post offices, Municipal offices)
Plan to spread provided services to become universal registering
 point (change of domicile; evidence of inhabitants)
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      Information Sources
Ministry of Industry and Trade
 Section of Informatics (Reports on ICT sector in the Czech republic)
 Na Frantisku 32; 110 15 Praha 1
 Tel.: +420 224 851 111
 www.mpo.cz
Ministry of internal affairs
 Point for managing of E-government project in the Czech republic
 namesti Hrdinu 3, 140 21 Praha 4
 Tel: +420 974 817 349
 www.mvcr.cz
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     Information Sources
CzechTrade – Czech Trade Promotion Agency
  Dittrichova 21, 128 01 Praha 2
  Czech Republic
  tel. +420-224 907 500 fax +420-224 907 503
  http://www.czechtrade.cz       e-mail: info@czechtrade.cz

 CzechInvest – Czech Investment and Business Development
 Agency
   Stepanska 15, Praha 2
   Czech Republic
   tel. +420-296 342 500       fax +420-296 342 502
   http://www.czechinvest.org  e-mail: info@czechinvest.org
            CZECH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – Bench mark in Business
Thank you for your attention


       Lenka Svobodová
 CZECH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
       Foreign department
  Address: Freyova 27, Praha 9
     Tel.: +420 296 646 460
     Fax: +420 296 646 257
  E-mail: foreigndpt@komora.cz
      http: www.komora.cz

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