02/11/2016 - Foreign Direct Investment and its Significance for the Development of National Economies: The Czech Republic in International Competition

The seminar is focused on the essence of foreign direct investment (FDI) in international trade and its impact on national economies. The lecturer analyses options that states have to affect FDI inflows, using the case study of the Czech Republic. The aim of the seminar is to provide a solid theoretical framework supported by specific knowledge of the every-day work of agencies focused on FDI enticements. Students will build knowledge that will help them to understand the environment of international trade, which will positively stimulate their professional growth in an attractive industry within the private and public sector as well.

Wednesday 2 November 2016, 11.40–13.10, MUP Strašnice Building, Dubečská 900/10, Room 003
Monday 7 November 2016, 13.20–14.50, MUP Žižkov Building, Prokopova 100/16, Room 302

LECTURER: Michal Mravinač

The main points of the lecture:

  • The role of foreign direct investment (FDI) in international trade
  • Theoretical framework for FDI:
  • Reasons why firms invest in foreign states and the transformation of FDI in the last decade
  • Impact of FDI on the national economies and active policy of state bodies
  • FDI enticements in practise: the Czech Republic and CzechInvest agency
  • Investment projects - analysis of real-life cases and their analytical evaluation

Michal Mravinač is a long-time foreign representative of CzechInvest agency in the UK and an expert in the area of foreign direct investment, international trade and marketing. Michal Mravinač has drawn his experience from various fields, such as from his position in the management of the British non-governmental agency South East England Development Agency or from Czech agencies promoting investment and trade - CzechInvest and CzechTrade. Mr. Mravinač currently works for Infinitus Global Company, a global startup from the UK, where he contributes in development of the company foreign trade policy.