The Czech Prime Minister Milos Zeman visited the United States last week, and one of his main aims was to promote trade between the two countries and attract US investors to the Czech Republic. Besides talks with high-tech producers, such as Motorola and other companies in the Silicon Valley, Mr. Zeman also visited a trolleybus production facility in San Francisco. The company ETI is a joint venture of Czech heavy industry giant Skoda Plzen and American AAI, whereas Skoda holds a 65-percent majority. The project was set up in 1996 when Skoda won a public tender to supply 273 trolleybuses for the San Francisco municipal transport system by the end of 2002 in a 230-million-dollar contract. A member of the San Francisco board of supervisors, Gevin Newsom, had nothing but praise for the joint Czech-American product:
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