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May 11, 2015

2015 Board of Directors Elections: Candidates Profiles & Voting Information

The Board of Directors consists of 17 member representatives elected by the membership. Directors serve two-year terms with no limit on the number of terms served.

AmCham members should receive either 5 (Corporate Patron, Corporate) or 2 (Small Business / Entrepreneur) ballots via email including instructions how to vote sent by Weston Stacey on May 11, 2015. If you don´t please contact Lucie Vrbova at lvrbova@amcham.cz.

Ballots can be also downloaded here.

The Candidates Profiles are available HERE.

You can submit your completed ballots to the Chamber office until 5pm, June 5th, 2015.

 

 

May 11, 2015

Visit Europe guide_May-June 2015

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

Below see this issue´s Czech country lead you can join and attached the rest of the offers from Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania.

April 23, 2015

Luncheon with Pavel Bělobrádek on April 23, 2015

AmCham members met at Luncheon with Pavel Belobrádek, Deputy Prime Minister for the Science, Research and Innovation, Leader of KDU-CSL on April 23, 2015. Pavel Belobrádek summarized his opinions and ideas on research and development, possible future development of the Czech Republic in area of R&D in his key note speech, shared views on trends in science and then answered questions from the audience. As a background document Amcham summarized policies we believe will increase the country’s economic potential, either by increasing the capabilities of the country’s people or by improving the efficiency with which government provides services and makes investments. The document in Czech can be found here. AmCham also published Position Paper on Insolvency Proceedings  in Czech available here.

 

April 10, 2015

AmCham Announcement: Board of Directors Nominating Period Open

Nominations for seats on the 2015-17 Board of Directors open this week. All members who are representatives of members in good standing may be nominated or apply. Any member representative can nominate another member representative, or themselves. Nominations must be received by email (wstacey@amcham.cz) or post (AmCham, Dusni 10, 110 00 Praha 1) by 5.00pm, Friday, April 24.

The schedule of the election is proposed as follows:

  • April 6 – April 24: nomination period
  • May 11 – June 5: Balloting (4 weeks)
  • June 18: 23rd General Assembly

April 09, 2015

2015-16 Best Office publication - ENGAGEMENT (in Czech) - time for your action

AmCham committees have defined major areas which will be covered in this year´s publication issue. Overall publication theme for 2015-16 is ENGAGEMENT. Any member company can participate on the preparation of publication´s content – best through attending one of AmCham Best Office committees where all details are being discussed and proposals made. Final material will be published and distributed as usually in September 2015. Check the last year´s issue HERE.

Member companies can also advertise their products and services in the publication. Publication is distributed all around the Czech Republic through member companies, potential members, Czech Regional Business Chambers, Regional Development Agencies, Regional CzechInvests, Trade Offices or Business Incubators. To see the advertisement options and prices please click HERE.

If your company would like to participate on creating the content of the publication or advertise in it please contact Lucie Vrbová at lvrbova@amcham.cz, 733 685 318 or Renáta Paceltová at rpaceltova@amcham.cz , 724 184 866 before May 10, 2015. For ordering the advertisement the deadline is July 31, 2015.

April 08, 2015

Promote more your products & services on AmCham networking events in 2015

Would you like to promote more your new products/services or your upcoming events, conferences or courses & seminars in 2015? AmCham offers new Product Promotional Packages where physical promotion at Business Networking Evenings is combined with online banners at www.czechmarketplace.cz. See more about the Product Promotional Packages HERE

Next Business Networking Evening where your company product or services could be promoted is planned for May 27: Cinco de Mayo

For more information about the event and the possible ways of promoting your company there, please, send an email at rpaceltova@amcham.cz or call at 724 184 866.

March 27, 2015

AmCham Response to Allegations Concerning Former President

Read AmCham Response in Czech.

We have been asked our view on the recent news report concerning former AmCham President Dan Tok and a contract between his former company and a partner in a consortium. Czech Radio insinuated- without supporting evidence- that this contract was related to corrupt public procurement. Mr. Tok’s former company has since denied the accusation- both locally and globally- and released material related to the deal and their internal audit. The company then hired Deloitte to investigate the matter. Our view is that the available evidence makes the denial more credible than the accusation. Read more.

March 23, 2015

Luncheon with Miroslav Kalousek on March 23, 2015

AmCham members met at Luncheon with Miroslav Kalousek, First Vice-President of TOP09 on March 23, 2015. Miroslav Kalousek summarized his opinions and ideas on possible future development of the Czech Republic in his key note speech, shared macroeconomic views and then answered questions from the audience. As a background document Amcham summarized policies we believe will increase the country’s economic potential, either by increasing the capabilities of the country’s people or by improving the efficiency with which government provides services and makes investments. The document in Czech can be found here. AmCham also published Position Paper on Insolvency Proceedings  in Czech available here.

March 19, 2015

ELDORADO at ROYAL theatre cinema cafe - March18

More than 70 guests enjoyed our  Business Networking Evening with Roman Pokorný´s band & ELDORADO. Thank you to sponsors: Two Tales, Delta Air Lines, Park Lane International School & Armada Spasy for their support of this event. See PHOTOS and also more on twitter: https://twitter.com/AmChamCZ

Roman Pokorny´s band_ March 18

March 13, 2015

Business Reception in Villa Tugendhat on 12 March 2015

Following the workshop for mayors on effective municipal procurement, AmCham has organized Business reception in Villa Tugendhat. AmCham members and invited guests from business, academic and political spheres informally discussed public procurement, future projects for Brno and possibilities of cooperation and synergies.

AmCham Board member Michal Klimes of Silicon Graphics welcomed all distinguished guests, especially H. E. Andrew Schapiro, Ambassador of the United States to the Czech Republic, Petr Vokral, Mayor of Brno and Michal Nebesky, Country Officer of Citi Bank and current President of AmCham Board of Directors.

March 06, 2015

Brief for Finance Minister Andrej Babiš & Insolvency proceedings Position Paper

AmCham members met at Luncheon with Andrej Babiš - the First Deputy Prime Minister for the Economics, Minister of Finance on March 6, 2015. As a background document Amcham summarized policies we believe will increase the country’s economic potential, either by increasing the capabilities of the country’s people or by improving the efficiency with which government provides services and makes investments. The document in Czech can be found here. AmCham also published Position Paper on Insolvency Proceedings  in Czech available here.

 

March 05, 2015

Visit Europe guide_March-April 2015

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

Below see this issue´s Czech country lead you can join and attached the rest of the offers from Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania.

February 17, 2015

New Product Promotional Packages launched for better promotion of Member´s products, Services & Events

Would you like to promote more your new products/services or your upcoming events, conferences or courses & seminars in 2015? AmCham offers new Product Promotional Packages where physical promotion at Business Networking Evenings is combined with online banners at www.czechmarketplace.cz. See more about the Product Promotional Packages HERE

For more information, any questions how we could better promote your specific services, events, products during the 2015 - contact Renáta Paceltová at 724 184 866 or at rpaceltova@amcham.cz.

January 23, 2015

January 28: Data Privacy Day + Statement of Vice-President Ansip and Commissioner Jourová

AmCham and its Czech Industry Coalition for Data Protection (CICDP) would like to inform you, that January 28 is a Data Privacy Day. DPD is an international effort to recognize the importance of protecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust. Data Privacy Day's goals are to:

  • Raise awareness and educate consumers to better understand how their personal information may be collected and the benefits and risks of sharing personal data.
  • Empower consumers to express their expectations for the use, protection and management of their personal data.
  • Inspire consumers through concrete, simple and actionable tips to more actively manage their online lives.
  • Encourage and motivate consumers to consider the privacy implications of their online actions for themselves and others.
  • Encourage businesses to be data stewards by being open and honest about how they collect, use and share personal information and clearly communicating any available privacy and security controls.

For more information, click here.

Statement of Vice-President Ansip and Commissioner Jourová: Concluding the EU Data Protection Reform is essential for the Digital Single Market

January 14, 2015

GM Evening / Wine tasting at Golden Key hotel_ January 13, 2015

AmCham started new serie of GM activites in 2015 by organizing Wine tasting for GMs/CEOs with spouses. Excellent wines were provided by an AmCham member House of Wine. Thank you to our hosts - Asten Groups & House of Wine. See photos from the GM Evening HERE

January 12, 2015

Visit Europe guide_January & February 2015

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

December 11, 2014

My Prague Photo Contest 2014

Thanks to our sponsor Huawei Technologies, AmCham organized Photo contest for its members taking smartphone pictures of their favorite places and interesting events in Prague.

The three best photos have been awarded at Christmas Committee Mixer on 10 December where all guests could vote for the best photo.

1st price: Ascend P7 - Markéta Šebková, Hilton Prague Hotel
2nd price: Ascend G7 - Jacky Damwani, Suit and Me
3nd price: Ascend Y530 - Lenka Koláriková, Squire Patton Boggs

Congratulations.

December 09, 2014

9th December: International Anti-Corruption Day

The 2014 International Anti-Corruption Day's theme is Break the Corruption Chain. 5 ambassadors in the Czech Republic are applauding the Czech government in an open letter to step up the fulfillment of the anti-corruption commitments. A day for raising awareness of corruption and highlighting the role of the UN’s Convention against Corruption. Corruption is a global challenge that reduces our prosperity by 5% of global GDP every year ($2.6 trillion - World Economic Forum). Corruption also undermines the stability of societies, and governments’ ability to meet the needs of their citizens. Our governments are committed to battling corruption in all its forms at home and abroad.

December 05, 2014

Michal Nebeský of Citibank voted in as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic

By unanimous vote, the AmCham Board of Directors has approved Michal Nebeský. Country Officer for Citibank, to serve as President until July 2015. Nebeský replaces Dan Ťok, who left the private sector for public service.

Nebeský has served on the board of directors since 2013 and was vice-president of finance since July 2014. He has been active in our advocacy efforts, particularly with our meetings with politicians after parliamentary elections and prior to Prague’s municipal election.

November 24, 2014

AmCham Thanksgiving Ball raised CZK 478 036,- to fund projects that will support local associations and schools in making their community a better place to live and work

On Saturday, November 22, AmCham organized its traditional Thanksgiving Ball for its members and their clients at the Žofín Palace. The evening was in the spirit of social responsibility. Thanks to the ball´s attendees CZK 258 036,- was raised during the Silent Auction. Together with CZK 220 000,- donated by members when purchasing corporate tables the total raised was CZK 478 036,- for AmCham One World, Many Voices program.

All proceeds raised will be granted to local associations and schools to help make their communities better places to live and work.

Active participation in our communities is not only beneficial for our society, but also helps building trust among people, which is crucial for democracy.

 

November 21, 2014

Letter of Resignation of Dan Ťok as the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic

Dear Member of AmCham,

After lengthy consideration, I have accepted the offer to serve as the Minister of Transportation, starting December 4, 2014. For this reason, I must resign as President and member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic.

My final act as President will be to attend and the address the Thanksgiving Ball on November 22nd. As of today, I have asked AmCham first vice-president Zdenek Vilimek to carry out my other functions, and I will recuse myself from any discussion of AmCham policy. A new president and a new board member will be appointed in a short time; you should receive more information in a separate communication.

[more information]

November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Ball´s guests can make a donation by bidding at the Silent Auction

All guests can bid at the Silent Auction of 2014 Thanksigiving Ball this Saturday, November 22nd.

November 20, 2014

Videos and photogallery from the awards ceremony Best Cooperation of the Year 2014

For photos from the awards ceremony, click HERE.

Video of the 1st place winner - Threaded Motion Mechanism - Joint research and development project by the Czech Technical University in Prague and a joint stock company Kulickove Srouby Kurim:

For videos of 2nd, 3rd place and TAČR prize, click HERE.

November 19, 2014

Notes of the Vice President’s Meeting with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka

Vice President Joe Biden met on November 18 with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka to discuss bilateral relations, the crisis in Ukraine, and European energy security. The Vice President expressed appreciation for the Czech Republic’s contributions to international security in Afghanistan and Iraq, and discussed the importance of strengthening the NATO Alliance to respond to emerging challenges.

November 05, 2014

Awards Ceremony Best Cooperation of the Year 2014 and its winners

AmCham, AFI, Czech Innovation and the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic are proud to announce the winners of the Best Cooperation of the Year Award 2014. The awards ceremony took place on November 5 at ZOOM Unique Place at Prague Congress Centre. A total of 22 projects from 7 universities, 8 research institutions and 28 private companies were submitted for the main prize - check for CZK 100 000. The high level of participation proved that companies are increasingly interested and engaged in the potential of academia developing innovative technologies that can be translated by business into real-world solutions.

Click here to download press release in English.

Click here to download press release in Czech.

Photo of the winners - Milan Dobeš - Kuličkové šrouby Kuřim, Vladimír Andrlík - ČVUT Praha with František Dostálek, AmCham (left) and Kamil Blažek, AFI (right).

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