On November 20, U.S. Embassy Prague, in cooperation with the Czech Chamber of Commerce, hosted its second annual Prague Digital Council event, a discussion focused on strengthening the transatlantic framework for the digital economy. The program was part of the Czech Digital Week initiative. Ambassador Bijan Sabet joined a panel with Vice President of the Czech Chamber of Commerce Tomáš Prouza, Vice President of the Confederation of Industry and Transport Milena Jabůrková, Head of the Digital Economy and Innovation Section at the Ministry of Industry and Trade Petr Očko, Amazon Public Policy Manager (CZ, RO & SK) Kateřina Štechová, and Mastercard Government Engagement Director Katarína Kakalíková.
With EU elections approaching and the new Commission and Parliament to be formed, the discussion focused on current topics in digital policy and the context of changing transatlantic relations, cooperation between public and private sectors in supporting open exchange related to digital services, supply chains, competitiveness, AI, empowering small businesses and consumers, digital literacy and digital skills uptake, and utilizing digitalization as a tool for economic prosperity in the Czech Republic, EU, and overseas.
“A strong transatlantic relationship between the United States and EU can ensure a level playing field in digital policy, and set up an appropriate level of regulation to set guardrails while still promoting innovation. To this end, digital upskilling will become increasingly important over the next few years. The global workforce will need to either expand or replace their current skills in next few years to keep up with the changes in global economy.” Ambassador Bijan Sabet