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November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from Michal Nebeský, President of AmCham CR

Thanksgiving started as one culture thanking another.

The Puritans who came from England would not have survived America’s harsh winters without the help of Indians, who brought them food, and taught them what fruits to eat and what plants to farm.

And so, when the harvest was complete, and food stored for winter months, the pilgrims invited their Indian benefactors for a feast of celebration.

This lesson of caring between cultures is especially important today. We live in a world in which people and cultures have mixed together so that it´s nearly impossible to draw lines of distinction. All of us attest to that. Some of us come from somewhere else, or have married someone from another place or culture or religion. Some of us have worked in another country, or done business in another part of the world. We watch films and read books, and listen to music, and travel, and enjoy the food that has been created by the minds and hands of those living somewhere else. We live in a time that, due to the progress of technology, the possibility of humanity living in a global community is possible, and not just possible, but reality.

November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Ball raised CZK475.600,- to fund schools & NGOs aiming to improve the community life. 2015 Wings Award goes to David Smejkal of Poradna pri financni tisni.

On Saturday, November 21, AmCham organized its traditional Thanksgiving Ball for its members and their business partners at the Zofin Palace. The evening was in the spirit of social responsibility. Thanks to the Silent Auction nearly CZK 500.000,- can be allocated through AmCham´s philanthropic program One World, Many Voices for schools´ & NGOs´ projects across the Czech Republic aiming to improve the community life. AmCham Wings Award to a community leader was awarded to David Smejkal of Poradna pri financni tisni, o.p.s. (click on the title to read more)

To see event´s photogallery, click here.

November 19, 2015

AmCham 2016 Letter on Strategy

2016 Letter on Strategy in English.

2016 Letter on Strategy in Czech.

The objective of the document is to start a discussion of how the Czech Republic can set a strategy (allocate its current economic and political assets) in order to improve its economic performance over the next ten years. It lays out our ideas about the strategic direction of the economy and serves as a staring platform to discuss views with the hope of forming some consensus on how to construct our future prosperity. The ideas expressed represent the distillation of our discussions with businesses, universities and government officials, and we recognize they do not reflect all options, or perhaps even the best options. The document will be used to hold roundtables with all willing policymakers, both in the public and private sector, in an attempt to create consensus on the economic direction of the country. We recognize that we may not have the only- or best- solutions, and expect the document to evolve through the debate, therefore we also would appreciate any feedback you have on the document, or any other suggestions.

November 05, 2015

GM Breakfast: Where are we and who do we have?

The question at this morning’s breakfast is one that is asked almost every time two managers meet: where do we find more qualified people? The easy answer is a better education system and a more skillful immigration policy. Well, okay. But every advanced economy on the planet (and perhaps beyond) asks the same question and answers it similarly. We have to dig deeper for a more effective answer...

To read whole article click on the title or here.
See photos from the Breakfast at flickr.


November 05, 2015

Silent Auction as part of 2015 Thanksgiving Ball

As last year, there will be Silent Auction as part of AmCham Thanksgiving Ball. AmCham  members donated items (products & vouchers) for this Auction – Full list (more than 30 items) will be available at the Ball and will be distributed to all 550 guests of  the Ball.

We would like to encourage guests of the Ball for bidding in the Auction. Funds collected from the Silent Auction will support  our philanthropy project One World Many Voices.  From 2013 the program’s aim is expanded from support of communication in English to support of school/NGOs projects that bring benefits to students, local communities/public and build relationships with local governments. More at

To see whole list of donated items click here.

November 02, 2015

Visit Europe guide_November & December 2015

Look at the current issue of "Visit Europe Guide" highlighting upcoming events and featuring special offers to the members of AmChams in region.







October 01, 2015

2015 Thanksgiving Ball - reserve your Corporate table or Individual tickets now!

On behalf of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic, I would like to inform you about tickets at the 2015 Thanksgiving Ball.

Starting October 12 you can buy two types of Individual tickets. Seats for Individual tickets are placed at the table with ten seats at the balcony of the Grand Hall from where is a perfect view of the stage and Corporates tables or at the Main floor behind Corporate tables. The capacity is limited! Just send an email at for more information & prices.

The last Corporate table is available! Please don´t miss this opportunity to invite your business partners or clients to your corporate table with 10 seats.

September 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Ball Silent Auction - Nomination of projects for 2015

In 2015, AmCham Board proposed to dedicate funds (CZK 200,000) raised during the auction in 2014 forSchool projects which:

  • use digital technology to increase public access and participation in local communities and
  • support high school and university students’ using technology to solve community problems.

How AmCham members can participate:

  1. Help us identify and develop projects for Silent Auction donations – please suggest project by sending an email at
  2. Send us short description of the project, school/NGO/town involved in the project, why you recommend this project/why this project should be selected. Send us contacts/email contact/phone to school/project coordinator.
  3. Deadline for nomination of the projects - October 20, 2015

For more information, please, send us an email at All about One World Many Voices, last year projects & Videos  -  HERE




September 24, 2015

Conference Public Procurement of Medical Devices and Technologies in Hospitals on September 22

On September 22, AmCham together with CzechMed organized Conference Public Procurement of Medical Devices and Technologies in Hospitasl, which held about 200 attendees. In the keynote speech by Jaroslav Kracún - Legal Officer, DG Internal Market & Services, European Commission, he addressed Procurement of quality with consideration of sustainable development under the new Directive 2014/24/EU. Foreign speakers - Yvan Cox - Manager of the Material Management, University Hospitals Leuven and Geert Heyrman - Head of procurement and logistics department, GasthuisZusters Antwerpen together with representatives of Czech ministries, health care companies and hospitals procurement professionals delivered opinions and ideas and had discussions on public procurement and how to buy health care devices and technologies effectively in terms of price and quality.
For photogallery, click here. Presentations of speakers: Jaroslav Kracún (European Commision), Jan Klusácek (Ministry of Heath Care), Radim Senk (ÚVN - Military University Hospital Prague), Adam Vojtech (Ministry of Finance), Yvan Cox (University Hospitals Leuven). For conference programme and panelists´ profiles, click here. Video from Platform for quality of medical devices here. For press release, click here.

September 10, 2015

Nominations for AmCham Wings Awards 2015 - until October 20th.

AmCham members have a unique opportunity to nominate outstanding Community Leaders for the annual AmCham Wings Awards.

  1. AmCham Wings for AmCham member - please nominate an individual who has made significant contributions to AmCham activities in the course of 2015. These acts should have brought a benefit to the AmCham as well as business community as a whole. The time and talents of AmCham members are what make the organization thrive. Without the voluntary efforts of dozens of members throughout the year, our organization would not be able to advocate new reforms, organize insightful seminars, and make the connections that bring greater prosperity to the country.
  2. AmCham Wings for a Community Leader - please nominate a person whose activities have improved the condition of community life in the Czech Republic and had a positive impact on the public. It should be non-political individual, regardless AmCham membership.

More info, forms for nominations, & deadlines - click on the title to read more.

September 09, 2015

GM Evening & Wine tasting _ Congratulation to the winner of 2 Air tickets to US donated by Delta Air Lines

GMs/CEOs of AmCham members with spouses met for the first time this membership year at hotel Klárov/Asten Hotels at Malá Strana. We all tasted excellent wine  provided by House of Wine including wine from California together with cheeses (special selection made by Jiri Gajdosik :)).

See photos at  -

Special thanks to Jiri Gajdosik of Asten Hotels for hosting this evening, Miro Jersak of House of Wine for providing wine tasting and to sponsors of the Raffle.

Items for the Raffle / donated by member company:

  • 2 air tickets to US donated by Delta Air Lines
  • Cosmetics & voucher for shopping donated by Fashion Arena Prague Outlet
  • 1 night stay at Hotel Savoy Spindleruv Mlyn donated by Asten Hotels

August 27, 2015

best office 2015/16 - engagement: order your printed copy for free now

Fifth edition of AmCham publication BEST OFFICE, this year with the subtitle Engagement has been recently published. Electronic version of the publication can be downloaded here.

Printed copies of the publication can be ordered via email at latest by 11 September 2015.

  • As a Corporate Patron member you can get 5 printed copies free of charge
  • As a Corporate member you can get 3 printed copies free of charge
  • As a Small Business member you can get 2 printed copies free of charge
  • One copy of the publication will be sent to companies which won´t specify their interest in receiving the publication. This copy will be sent directly to company GM/CEO.

Any copies beyond that number would be charged by CZK 95,-/pc (VAT incl.).

August 26, 2015

Visit Europe guide_September & October 2015

Look at the current issue of "Visit Europe Guide" highlighting upcoming events and featuring special offers to the members of AmChams in region.

August 24, 2015

Silent Auction as a part of AmCham Thanksgiving Ball 2015

See some of the items donated by AmCham members last year:

If your company would like to be involved  and donate a product/voucher for this year´s Silent Auction, contact Renata Paceltová at before September 10.

August 06, 2015

Reservations of Corporate tables at 2015 Thanksgiving Ball are open

American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic invites all members to the 2015 Thanksgiving Ball, which will be held on November 21st at Zofín Palace in Prague.

Please don´t miss this opportunity to invite your business partners and clients to your corporate table (with 10 seats). 30 Corporates tables are pre-reserved now.

To get more information click here or contact Lucie Pokorná at, +420 733 389 373.

August 03, 2015

Summer Committee pique-nique

On July 30th members of AmCham Committees (Business & Finance, CSR, IT, HR, Marketing & Communications and Real Estate) spent the morning in the gardens of The Mark Luxury Hotel Prague to enjoy the sun and to spend some non-business time together.

As usually the Bake your own Cake contest took place. This year dominated by women. Attendees of the pique-nique evaluated Lenka Nova´s (Squire Patton Boggs) cake as the most delicious one.

Check the photos from the pique-nique here.

July 20, 2015

Best Cooperation of the Year 2015: Call for projects by August 28

We are pleased to inform you that the Association for Foreign Investment, the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic, in cooperation with the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, are getting set to announce the fifth annual Best Cooperation of the Year awards. Within the competition, awards are presented in the area of cooperation between the research and application spheres leading to innovation as well as successful transfers of technologies and knowledge. The deadline for registering projects and transfers in the competition is 28th of August 2015. The grand-prize winner will receive a financial award in the amount of CZK 100,000. More detailed information about the competition, including the registration form, is available at

July 07, 2015

Job position at AmCham: Assistant/Event Coordinator

AmCham CR is looking for an Assistant/Event Coordinator who will provide administrative support to the Executive Director and other colleagues and handle the execution of AmCham events. Click on the title to read more. For more info contact Renáta Paceltová at

July 03, 2015

American-Helenic Chamber of Commerce votes YES in the upcoming referendum

The Executive Committee of the American-Helenic Chamber of Commerce, at an extraordinary emergency meeting, following the recommendation of the President and the Secretary General of the Chamber, decided the following: read MORE

July 02, 2015

Visit Europe guide_July-August 2015

Look at the current issue of "Visit Europe Guide" highlighting upcoming events and featuring special offers to the members of AmChams in region.

June 19, 2015

Michal Nebeský of Citibank re-elected to serve as a president of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic in 2015-16

During the annual General Assembly held on June 18, 2015 at National Technical Museum in Prague , Michal Nebeský, Citibank Country Officer for Czech Republic,  was re-elected to serve as the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic (AmCham). Last year Nebeský succeeded former AmCham president Dan Tok when he became the Minister of Transport.

June 10, 2015

CZECH REPUBLIC OVERVIEW 2015/2016 brochure - order your printed copy for free now

We would like to inform you that AmCham has just published its CZECH REPUBLIC OVERVIEW 2015/2016 brochure.

As a member of AmCham you are entitled to receive printed brochure for free for your own distribution:

  • Corporate Patrons – up to 1Opcs.
  • Corporates – up to 5pcs.
  • SBEs – up to 2pcs.

Any copies beyond that number would be charged by CZK 50,-/pc.

To order printed copies of the brochure, please contact Lucie Vrbová by emailing your request to by June 18, 2015.

Printed version will be distributed to you by the end of June.


June 08, 2015

Newly elected members of the Board of Directors to serve 2015-2017

In the past four weeks, AmCham membership elected 9 new members of the 17-member board for a two-year term. Each elected member will take his seat on July 1, 2015. A big thank belongs to all members who participated in the elections as well as to all candidates who decided to devote their time to become the crucial part of AmCham organization.

New members of the board:

  • Josef Karasek of Coca-Cola Ceska republika
  • Milan Vasina of T-Mobile Czech Republic a.s.
  • Jan Zurek of KPMG Ceska republika, s.r.o.

Re-elected members of the board:

  • Jan Brazda of Constellation s.r.o.
  • Radoslaw Kaskiewicz of 3M Cesko
  • Michael Mullen of PricewaterhouseCoopers Ceska republika, s.r.o.
  • Michal Nebesky of Citibank Europe plc, organizacni slozka
  • Vaclav Novotny of Merck Sharp & Dohme s.r.o.
  • Sanjiv Suri of Zatisi Group

June 03, 2015

AmCham Golf Tournament at Casa Serena - June 3

AmCham organized another Golf Tournament at Casa Serena Golf Resort . 18 corporate golf teams played at Casa Serena on June 3rd - See the list of teams below.

Thank you to all golf players for great results and congratulations to the winners!

May 28, 2015

Cinco de Mayo - Business Networking Evening

AmCham and CzechMex celebrated together Cinco the Mayo.

On May 27 more than 130 guests from both Chambers met at Obcanska plovarna at Business Networking Evening organized together by the American  & Czech-Mexican Chambers of Commerce.

AmCham sponsors of the evening: Dallmayr Kaffee, Balance Club Brumlovka. Thank you also to Mandarin Oriental, Prague, The Mark Luxury Hotel Prague, and Balance Club Brumlovka for donnating the items for the raffle.

 See photos from the evening at Flickr

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