CHF director Piskulić and the head of the State Office for Croats Abroad Milas took part in the conference, which aims to link Croatians living abroad with those in the homeland in business opportunities in the country. The conference is organised with major support from the State Office for Croats Abroad and the Croatian Heritage Foundation.
For the second year running the Forum Zagreb congress centre is hosting the Meeting G2.2 conference, this year focusing on Croatians United in Business. The three-day event, from October 10th to 12th, pools business people from Croatia and the Diaspora communities. The conference is the brainchild of Croatian returnees from Venezuela Mara and Josip Hrgetić.
“The objective of the conference is to bring together the emigrant communities with Croatians in the homeland on a rational footing, to make the collaboration more intensive on the basis of economic interests, because we have a great many capable people living abroad, in Europe and in overseas countries, and we have an opportunity for people living outside Croatia to see a chance to invest in Croatia, to invest their capital, and that is why this effort is laudable, and there needs to be as many of these kinds of normal, rational projects as possible, and this is the best recipe for sustainable cooperation and sustainable projects. We have emotions, but now we need to be rational and – which is most important – for people living abroad, that the system is stable for them, that Croatia is a country in which they will feel at home, where investments will be protected,” said minister Miro Kovač.
Asked why we can finally now expect that this action will yield results and for people from the communities abroad to make significant investments in Croatia, minister Kovač said that this is not only about Croatians, but also about other people who are sure to invest in Croatia if the situation here is stable, if the judiciary does its job in a stable manner and if the national bureaucracy is effective and functional. It is up to us to build up the institutions, to strengthen the judicial system, the national bureaucracy, to have a positive impact on the local and county administrations, Kovač added.
“At this point in time Croatian emigrants are offering and are a sure potential source in the investment sector in Croatia in various sector policies. The fact is that we make far too little use of our emigrants, our people who left the country at one time, both as political and business contacts, but above all as a guarantee of investment potential, which is enormous in our diaspora. I am convinced that the new government will have a particular affinity for our emigrants. Through three workshops we will endeavour to present all the stimulative measures the Croatian Government can offer every investor, with a particular sensibility for those who wish to invest in Croatia,” said minister Darko Horvat at the formal opening of the conference.
“Our objective is to help Croatia, which has great potential and a wealth of resources,” said project director Josip Hrgetić, himself a returnee from Venezuela, adding that there are already many offices and national institutions in Croatia doing great work and that this project does not aim to interfere in their work, but to be focused primarily on the business end of things and to support emigrant Croatians in this aspect.
CHF director Mirjana Ana-Maria Piskulić and the head of the State Office for Croats Abroad Zvonko Milas joined the work of the conference on the 11th of October. The conference aims to link Croatians living abroad with those in the homeland in business opportunities in the country via Internet and personal practical exchanges of knowledge and social networking. The vision of the organisers is a future in which the opportunities and aspirations to do business in the homeland will engender a new era of economic growth, development and productivity in Croatia. The conference is organised with major support from the State Office for Croats Abroad and the Croatian Heritage Foundation.
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