CzechInvest mediates almost 90 billion crowns in investment projects
The government agency CzechInvest concluded 147 projects in 2014 - worth 87 billion crowns - with both Czech and foreign investors in 2014. Company representatives made the announcement on Tuesday, specifying a total of 16,000 new jobs would be created, with more than 6,000 in Moravia-Silesia and Ústí alone - regions often suffering from high unemployment.
The automotive and metal work industries saw the most investment. First among investment projects in the Czech Republic was South Korea's Nexen Tire, which is to build a tire plant in the Triangle industrial zone near Žatec, northern Bohemia, for 22.8 billion crowns. Second, was the expansion of Brose CZ in Rožnov pod Radhoštem and Kopřivnice, both in northern Moravia, for 2.65 billion. Most of investments in the Czech Republic were in the first half of the year, when investors benefitted from more advantageous incentives.
"The second half of the year was weaker, so we have to make a greater effort to attract investments,” said CzechInvest CEO Karel Kučera, adding that “a draft amendment on the law on incentives, one which is more accommodating towards investors, was ready.”. He also said that a new strategy by CzechInvest would see a more active approach to investors.