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25 Years of AmCham in Slovakia
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the American Chamber of Commerce
in Slovakia. For a quarter of a century, AmCham has been actively
working to bring together a diverse set of companies — small and medium
enterprises, midsize companies as well as large corporations whatever
their line of business.
AmCham has been instrumental in Slovakia’s economic transformation in the last decades and plays a role in addressing many of the current challenges. It is actively shaping the solutions by having founded the Slovak AI platform, advocating for stronger R&D spending and collaboration, and a series of its human capital pillar activities. Given the magnitude of structural challenges ahead of the Slovak economy, the Chamber’s role is perhaps more important than ever before.
Without question, there have been remarkable improvements in the local business environment in Slovakia over the past decade — a comparative reduction in bureaucracy, more accountability from government and business about the rule of law, a greater diversity of industries, and a markedly increased international business presence. However, a number of issues still hinder progress.
At AmCham Slovakia we firmly believe that Slovakia is indeed a modern and successful country from almost all economic perspectives feasible. It is no longer perceived by investors as a low-cost assembly line or a cheap venue for call centers, but rather as a destination with high value. Together with our member companies, we are convinced that the future will inevitably bring new challenges in innovation, a better prepared and highly motivated labor force, and the effects of digitalization and automated processes.
As this year AmCham Slovakia celebrates 25 years of its existence, it is fitting to identify a few of its most memorable milestones and most important impacts.
In my opinion AmChams constitute an ecosystem of human interactions, as well as the synapse of progressive thinking. By reinforcing interdisciplinary intersections (connecting various companies, fields, industries and stakeholders), they offer an international platform, a substantial opportunity for the evolution of innovation by creating new ideas, identifying issues, and thus providing concrete solutions.
The world more than a decade after the 2008 financial crisis is facing a new rising wave of populism, protectionism and big technology disruptions, causing a challenge to the liberal international order, established businesses, their business models and supply chains.
We thought it would be interesting to approach selected representatives of our member companies, policy makers, as well as AmCham directors in the region to get various perspectives on how to define the role of our organizations for the future.
Andrea Gontkovičová started her career as an assistant and today she is Director for Innovation and Commercial Development at Phillip Morris for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. She was awarded the Absolute Slovak Woman of the year 2019 award and, besides managing, she also mentors women who, she says, need to gain confidence.