Sunday, February 12, 2023

Ministry of Industry and Trade

Ministerstvo průmyslu a obchodu is the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade which was established in 1992.  In short, the ministry is in charge of industry, energy and trade policy, business and investment promotion, internal trade and consumer protection. 

That's a pretty big purview.  It also includes the use of European funds, the promotion of small and medium-sized companies, technical standardisation and quality control, industrial research, engineering and technology development, electronic communication and postal services, as well as being responsible for commodity exchange with the exception for issues under the Ministry of Agriculture.

Here's a short video, in English, that I found out on YouTube from the ministry highlighting Czechland.

©Ministerstvo průmyslu a obchodu ČR

Part of the ministry is housed at Petschek Palace, a neoclassicist building in Prague that dates back to 1929.  It was a very modern building for 1929 with air-conditioning, a tube post, and a paternoster lift.  During the war, the Nazis used it as Gestapo headquarters for the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.  In 1989, the building became a National Cultural Monument.  Here's a short video about the building.  I think I'll have to try to check it out the next time that I go to Prague.

©Ministerstvo průmyslu a obchodu ČR

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