There will be 9.2bn people on the planet by 2040, with expanded purchasing power, contributing to about a 25% energy demand rise and 10% growth in energy-related CO2 emissions. Growth will be concentrated in developing countries. About 5.5bn of people will reach the middle class, mostly in the Asia-Pacific region, according to ExxonMobil’s 2018 Outlook for Energy.
On March 27 AmCham's Finance Committee met in Chodov to discuss issues related to electromobility. We saw presentations from technical director of 3M: Rudolf Melezinek - you can remind it HERE, key notes from Executive Director of Automotive Industry Association, Zdeněk Petzl - they are summarized HERE and legal aspects of electromobility put together by David Wilhelm of White & Case - see HERE. During a vivid discussion, Jakub Švestka shared Moneta Money transition to fully electric fleet. You can read their experience, challenges & benefits HERE. Last but not least you can read a full overview on the topic of electromobility from LeasePlan HERE (in Czech).
On March 28 Bibi Pelič from Music & Leadership shared concrete tips on how to work with millenials, what worked & what did not, on the typology of the particular employees, on how to encourage employees to develop their skills and work more as a team etc.
One hundred years after the founding of the Czech state, its economic and geopolitical situation has never been as successful or certain as it is today. We all should be concerned about the global threat to democracy, and each of us need to remember that voting is our right, but participating in the political life of the country our responsibility. AmCham will continue to pursue its economic agenda in ways that support democratic consensus, and plans to focus again on procurement as way to improve economic competitiveness and strengthening public trust.
An article of E15 published on March 12 on steel and aluminum tarrifs (in Czech language). Last Thursday, the Trump administration announced its plan to place tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The tariffs are intended to raise the production in US steel and aluminum plants to 80%, which is considered the minimum output necessary for survival. If the tariffs take effect, the EU has declared it will place reciprocal tariffs on US products of similar export value. The issue underneath the tariff decision- global overcapacity- is real, but imposing global tariffs does not appear to help solve the problem. An internationally coordinated response using targeted tariffs or quotas might be the best way to keep the economic and geopolitical damage to the minimum.
On March 8, 2018, AmCham Marketing Committee organised a practical workshop on GDPR* implementation. Structure of the workshop: 1. Briefing on legal requirements by Hana Gawlasová from Squire Patton Boggs 2. Lessons learnt from implementation process by project manager Zdeněk Maňák & online marketing manager David Vopelka from Česká Spořitelna 3. Case study - client vs. businessman - how to comunicate GDPR requirements in pro-business way? - participants played roles of clients and businessmen; organised by Emil Jimenez from Passions Communications & supervised by Hana Gawlasová *GDPR = General Data Protection Regulation. Your business approach has to be compliant from May 25, 2018