The Czech Republic is one of the most stable economies in emerging Europe. Real GDP growth in the Czech Republic peaked in 2017, but will remain solid over the coming years and outperform the wider EU. With an advantageous location in the centre of Europe, a relatively low-cost structure and a well-qualified labour force, the Czech Republic is an attractive destination for foreign investment.
In December 2017, the Czech environmental NGO Arnika published the results of a study into plastic children’s toys and accessories on the EU market. The NGO found high concentrations of toxic chemicals in the surveyed products, which it blames on “toxic recycling”. More
Over the last few years, the Czech Republic has increasingly become a crucial Belt and Road link. It boasts one of the best flight connections between CEECs and the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, while the re-set in Sino-Czech relations since President Miloš Zeman came to power has ignited a China-led M&A spree and created a more conducive environment for Czech enterprises to co-operate with mainland and Hong Kong investors. More
The Visegrad Four (V4) nations, consisting of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, are poised to benefit most from rising trade and investment flows between China and Central and Eastern Europe on the back of the “16+1” format and Belt and Road Initiative. Hong Kong is a crucial link in providing the important capital flows and the highly sought-after assurance to V4 enterprises. More
Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) have played an increasingly pivotal role in China’s foreign policy considerations and are key partners to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Meanwhile, cash-rich Chinese investors, generous funding for mega government-to-government (G-to-G) infrastructure projects and seed capital for start-ups are providing valuable impetus to rejuvenate the CEE economy. More