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I am pleased to share with you that Czech Republic will engage even more in the Make-in-India initiative after ŠKODA AUTO and VOLKSWAGEN GROUP announced "INDIA 2.0" project. The Czech car manufacturer has been assigned with the task to coordinate Indian operations of the VOLKSWAGEN GROUP which will invest one billion euro in production enlargement and in development of new car models in India and create thousands of new jobs. The ŠKODA brand has an excellent starting point for the planned growth in India. It is active in India since 2001 and the brand has consistently increased sales in recent years.

-H.E. Mr Milan Hovorka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to India



The interest of Indians to travel and discover the charm of the Czech Republic is growing by unprecedented speed. Only during the first half of this year, we have noticed a 40% increase in total number of Indians who spent at least one night in Czechia. From the beginning of my diplomatic assignment in your country, I had an ambition to open visa application centres in most of the major cities across India. This mission was accomplished quite recently; we have 16 visa application centres at the moment. Hopefully, the new Bollywood movie Jab Harry Met Sejal with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma, which was partly shot in Prague, will attract even more Indians to Czechia.

-H.E. Mr Milan Hovorka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to India



Indian investors discovered Czechia which is considered to be one of the best trade and investment destinations in Europe due to its favourable business environment, modern infrastructure, skilled labour force and level playing field offering same opportunities to domestic and foreign companies. Indians benefit a lot from the strength of the Czech automotive industry and fast growing demand throughout the whole production chain, but are present also in traditional sectors such as textile, pharmaceutical and steel industry. But are encouraged to join the Infosys in the ICT and BPO area in higher numbers as well. Good to note that the country has become also increasingly attractive location for Indian tourists who are more and more keen to visit Prague and other picturesque places. Here, the tourism gets a lot of support by Indian films shot in Czechia. I am happy that this summer I could be present in Prague during a shooting of a new Bollywood film which will be released sometimes next year.

-H.E. Mr Milan Hovorka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to India