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29.9.2016 13:30

KONF_2017On Thursday, September 29, 2016, an international scientific conference titled Czech Republic’s Strategy for Competitiveness 2017: Digital society will be held in Rajská building at the University of Economics in Prague. It is organized by the CMC Graduate School of Business, Faculty of International Relations and the Czech management Association as it is based on a memorandum of mutual cooperation on the collection, analysis and presentation of results of the Executive Opinion Survey - Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum. The conference takes place under the patronage of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka.

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The third annual conference is once again dedicated to evaluation of competitiveness and position of the Czech Republic in global comparison in the context of the latest Global Competitiveness Report, which will be officially unveiled at the conference. Experts from the worlds of politics, business and universities are going offer more detailed views on the potential of Europe and the Czech Republic in the area of digital society.

This year's conference is also associated with an annual conference of the Academy of International Business in Central and Eastern Europe, subtitled Boosting competitiveness of Central Europe through digital economy. For details, see


Opening Remarks

Josef Taušer, Dean, Faculty of International Relations, University of Economics, Prague
Sarianna M. Lundan, Member of Executive Board, Academy of International Business, University of Bremen, Germany
Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission

14:00 – 15:15
Digital Economy: Reality and Visions

Silja Baller, Economist, Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network, World Economic Forum
How important is digitalization for competitiveness? Highlights from the GCR 2016

Yih-Jeou Wang, Head of the Director-General's Secretariat, Agency for Digitisation, Ministry of Finance, Denmark
What is the potential of digitalization? What can we achieve and what can we lose?

Tomáš Prouza, Coordinator for Digital agenda, Secretary of State for EU Affairs, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic
How digital is Czech Republic so far?

15:30 -16:30
Digital society: Are we ready to live in it?

Jan Drahokoupil, Senior Researcher, European Trade Union Institute, Brussels
What are the trends and how is the digitalization changing the employment and the economy?

Martina F. Ferracane, Analyst, European Centre for International Political Economy, Brussels
Digital business and digital society. What are the links, benefits and risks?

Gerard Grech, CEO, TechCity UK, London (tbc)
Digital life from the perspective of businesses

16:30 Closing remarks

Josef Taušer, Dean, Faculty of International Relations, University of Economics, Prague
Łukasz Puślecki, Chairman, Academy of Business, AIB-CEE Chapter

17:00 Reception