Business opportunities in Japan for Czech companies
The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) entered into force just over a year ago, and has both strengthened existing business opportunities for Czech and Japanese businesses and created new ones.
Even before the EPA was in place, Japan was the Czech Republic's 7th biggest trading partner outside the EU: 969 Czech companies were exporting to Japan (37% of them were SMEs), 257 Japanese companies were operating in the Czech Republic and more than 18,000 Czech jobs were linked to Japan. Exports to Japan were worth €687m and imports from Japan were worth €1.5 bn. The EPA is strengthening those ties and the digital economy is an important growth area for Czech-Japan business.
On 28 February in Prague, there will be an afternoon seminar entitled, Business opportunities in Japan for Czech companies - Impact of EU-Japan EPA / Digital Innovation. This event is being organised by JETRO Czech Republic and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic (MIT), the Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Crafts CZ (AMSP), the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic and CzechInvest will be organising
The first part of the event will give basic information, practical advice and first-hand testimonials about taking advantage of the opportunities created by the EPA. The second part of the event will look at ICT / digital innovation possibilities. The event will close with a networking reception.
This event is aimed primarily at Czech SMEs, but is open to all Czech businesses, industry associations or other organisations looking at developing new or existing ties with Japan. The language of the event will be English.
|Friday, 28 February 2020 at the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, Na Františku 32, Prague 1
Ms Reiko Kimura, Director General of JETRO Czech Republic
Mr. Zbyněk Pokorný, Deputy of Deputy Minister for Digitalization and Innovations and Director of the Department for Investments and Industrial zones, MIT
Overview of the first year of the EU-Japan EPA and business opportunities for Czech companies
|14:05-14:20||EU-Japan EPA: trends, FAQ and support measures for EU companies
Ms Aiko Higuchi, Director - European Office, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
|14:20-14:35||EU-Japan EPA from perspective of Czech SMEs - expectations and opportunities
Mr. Evžen Reitschläger, Vice Chairman of AMSP
|15:00-15:20||ICT / Digital innovation market in Japan
Mr. Marc Einstein, ICT expert of ITR Corporation (Japan)
|15:20-15:40||Insights from Business Experience in Japan
Mr. Tomáš Janů, Director - Go Local, AVAST
|15:40-16:30||Networking, business matching, refreshment|
How to register, or for more information
To book your place or for more details, please email Mikulas_Kotrba@jetro.go.jp. Registration deadline: 24 February
Sources of information on the EPA and Czech-Japan ties
- Factsheets about the agreement (in English)
- Brief overview of Czech-Japan trade (in English and in Czech)
- Legal text of the Agreement (in Czech)
- Basic information about the EPA (in English)
- EU-Japan EPA Helpdesk and Webinars (in English)
- EPA FAQs (in English)
- Japan-Czech relations (in English)
Event organisers and partners