Britain and the Czech Republic: getting it right
Tuesday saw the visit of Andrew Cahn, the Chief Executive of UK Trade and Investment to Prague. The visit comes amidst increasing economic co-operation between Britain and the Czech Republic. Dominik Jun met Mr Cahn whilst he was conducting a tour of the reconstruction of Charles Bridge – itself a project contracted out to a British firm. He began by asking Mr Cahn to explain the work of UK Trade and Investment and the reasons for his visit here.
“It is the British government department responsible for promoting British exports, British trade overseas and also attracting inward investment into the United Kingdom.”
And why are you here on Charles Bridge today? There seems to be a major building project underway here.
And obviously it is quite a responsibility, isn’t it – because it is such a national landmark?
And what other business opportunities are there? What are you looking at for the future between the Czech Republic and Britain?
“Well there are a surprising number of British companies here already. Tesco are a really large force in retail, Shell is a large force in oil and gas, Vodafone is very challenging in the telecommunications sector. But I see real opportunities in the advanced engineering sector. I think that the Czech Republic is really very strong in this sector and so are we. And the other area related to that is education. We have the best universities in Europe in Britain, and I would like to see more exchanges of students and researchers and more attempts to pull through our technical and technological expertise and our research institutes into business and particularly into Czech business.”