Czechs, Austrians share many customs: Hampl
Mr Mojmír Hampl, Vice Governor of the Czech National Bank addressing at the Wirtschaftskammer Österreich said it is a great honour and utmost pleasure for me to speak here today. And believe me, these are not just standard nice opening words. I really mean it. As if there is anywhere I particularly enjoy visiting, it is Vienna and also Austria as a whole.
And as the statistics show, the same goes for many Czechs. More than two million of us visit Austria annually, and the number is going up every year, regardless economic circumstances (not the other way around). This is not due solely to the typical and widespread enthusiasm among Czechs for skiing.
Many Czechs simply like Austria as a country. It would be hard for me to find a Czech who does not feel good, safe and comfortable here. And it is no accident. So, please forgive me if I do not discuss today macroeconomic trends, the extraordinary synchronisation of economic cycles in our two countries, and factors behind continually rising mutual trade. Much of this will be surely covered in the discussion. There is something else I would like to talk about. I would like to make a personal comment about the closeness of our two countries.
After several years spent within the Austrian financial group Erste and its Czech daughter bank, after many visits to Austria on business and on pleasure, and after many working meetings with Austrian partners on various occasions, I have become convinced that Czechs and Austrians have a very similar mentality and share many habits and customs.
Moreover however, there is a similar attitude to work. It was Jack Stack, the former head of Erste Group’s Czech subsidiary ?eská spo?itelna, who made me realise this. He once remarked that it was almost unbelievable how Czechs and Austrians as employees produce very similar outputs and results when given the same tasks to perform. For example, argued Stack, they like to deliver something they regard as perfect straight away, and they do not like it when their boss finds fault with what they deliver.