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7.-11.10. 2019

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Sobotka: It is necessary to continue with digitization

 

Czech companies are willing to  accept up to five thousand refugees from Syria. This was stated by the President of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic Jaroslav Hanák at a press conference held after the meeting of the entity. He stressed that refugees must have the necessary qualifications and comply with the law. The Association conducted a survey on the possible reception of migrants among dozens of large industrial enterprises.

It is anticipated that the demand for refugees may be much higher. The Association will discuss with the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs about the possibility of creating a retraining agency for refugees, which would offer, among others, Czech language courses. Czech companies now suffer from a lack of technical professions in particular. Firms prefer foreign workers who have technical education, speak English and are willing to retrain. The language barrier may be an obstacle together with a very lengthy process of obtaining a work permit, resulted from the survey among employers and employment agencies.

"We have come to Brno to attend the Assembly and demonstrate our support of the industry. The Government is keen to have the industry overcome the issues that are currently troubling the sector. It is the question of imbalance of supply and demand in the labour market. Also, we currently have 104.000 vacancies that we need to fill. If we did that in real time, it would help the development of our industry," said Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka at a press conference of the Assembly.

According to him, European countries, which have industrial character, are now going through a period of modernization, which is often related to digitization. "The digitization of our industry is in its infancy for now and therefore we need to create conditions for it to continue. We must also realise that industry is the driving force of our economy, bringing large numbers of jobs. The government wants to create favourable conditions for the sector including the fields of power generation, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we just have to accept such measures to enable the industry to survive in the coming years. We must have enough qualified workers," said the Prime Minister.

In his opinion, Czech industry has a strong position and belongs to the most industrialized countries in Europe. The industry needs to get a better balance. "We have to continue in what we started, that is, in a clear and strong industrial diplomacy, which will create such conditions that industrial companies will have a better chance abroad. Businesses should take advantage of opportunities that they currently have, i.e. the use of European funds. Drawing funds from the framework period has already begun," said Sobotka.

He said that the government must complete the reforms in the education sector in order to improve a quality offer of education in technical fields. "We also need stronger partnerships with industrial companies, universities, secondary schools and vocational schools. The government must also create better conditions for the Czech Republic to catch up the deficit in digitization also in the public administration sector," added the Prime Minister.

Date: 15 Sep 2015 10:15:00

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