Foreign Minister Petříček aiming to resume trade missions as soon as possible
The coronavirus crisis will hit the global economy hard and the Czech Republic which is strongly dependent on export, fears repercussions from a drop in demand. At a seminar for exporters on Thursday, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček said the government was aware of the need to intensify its efforts in helping Czech companies find a niche on foreign markets and he himself planned to resume foreign trips with business representatives as soon as the coronavirus situation allows.
Those efforts were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic and Foreign Minister Petříček says he wants to get them back on track as soon as possible. Mr. Petříček said that if the situation allowed he would resume trips with Czech business leaders in the autumn making originally planned trips to Africa, Latin America or the Middle East.
Negotiations are also underway to reschedule planned trips to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, which were due to take place at the beginning of this year and were postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis.
In January of this year, Minister Petříček undertook a trip with a business delegation to India, the last economic mission before the coronavirus crisis hit. Last year, in addition to Mexico and Colombia, he undertook trade missions to Ethiopia, Kenya and Georgia.