The optimism of us, at that time Czechoslovak citizens, that we could catch up with the West in two decades, disappeared in thin air. Now we know that it will not be in the next two decades, not even in three and, who knows, if ever, because...
... we are not creating final products, we compete with our prices
After the unsuccessful privatization projects only little remained of the heritage of our traditional production. Newly established firms in the nineties of the 20th century are mainly sub-suppliers of foreign firms, which according to their drawing documents produce components under constantly reduced prices, which are then exported mainly to Germany where they are used in the final products where their value rises.
... low incomes ranked us among developing countries
Without moving a muscle we accepted the fact that we found ourselves in a pigeonhole together with developing countries. Since already for three years the per capita income in our country is under the level specified for advanced countries, the US J. P. Morgan investment bank removed us from this category. For eleven years we supported underdeveloped countries, now through the World Bank we will be supported together with them.
... we are not implementing digital transformation, we are only discussing about it
The Czech Republic in ten years after the Ministry of Informatics was closed was not able to create a relevant concept in the field of information technologies. Whilst in the meantime Germany successfully fulfills the tasks of Digital Strategy 2025 specified by the Federal Ministry of Economy and Technology, in our case only new committees and sub-committees are created, people meet across provinces and spend a lot of time on endless discussions. Real improvements within the scope of the Industry 4.0 initiative thus remain only in written form.
... we are not offering the labour market corresponding graduates
The process of restructuring firms necessary for their recovery and finding their place on the market somehow missed the field of Czech public education in the whole range from primary over secondary up to university education. The result is an absolutely dramatic decline of the level of knowledge of the graduates – and the frustrated and demotivated primary school teachers transfer their bad feelings to their pupils. To admit such students to secondary technical schools who in the nation-wide admission process achieved only a third of the achievable number of points, is a great hazard.
... there is no continuity in family entrepreneurship
The communist regime broke up all family entrepreneurship, the foundations of which were established in our country before and during the First Republic (1914-1918). Those who a quarter century ago established firms or successfully continued in local traditions, now have no family successors and gradually become the object of attention of Chinese or Russian investors.
We have no political icons, we are not consistent in foreign representation, we are not capable of creating professional alliances for enforcing joint interests, etc. A list of all drawbacks and their analysis would fill a whole book.
If sometime in the future we are to come closer to our western neighbours we must grow systematically – not only economically but also mentally. And in this may help us God and reforms implemented not by politicians but by specialists who will eliminate the above drawbacks and many others which I consider to be key ones.