Strengthening Business Ties between Croatians at Home and Abroad

panel diskusija

After launching the G2 Project and announcing the MG2.2 Conference at the gathering for the Pre-Meeting: Croatians Together in Business, on 29th June 2016 at the Forum Congress Centre in Zagreb, an interesting panel discussion was held entitled ‘Strengthening Business Ties between Croatians at Home and Abroad’.

Vice President of Transparency International Croatia and President of the Asia-Pacific Chamber of Commerce, Don Markušić, kicked off the panel discussion by reminding everyone of the conclusions and recommendations of last year’s Meeting G2.1 gathering which are based on improving the investment climate. ‘We do not have to wait until everything is fixed in order to invest in Croatia. There are many young people who are succeeding in Croatia even during these difficult times. There is great interest regarding investment in the Republic of Croatia and the diaspora can play a major role in this regard. Croatian entrepreneurs must not be afraid but must make the most of our people abroad just as Mlinar did when opening a franchise in Australia.’

Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, Joseph Gene Petrić, himself a representative of second generation Croatian emigrants, spoke of the Ministry’s plans to strengthening commercial and economic diplomacy. He emphasised that there exists political consensus amongst the current and previous governments in this regard and that trade and commercial policy goes through the backdoor with foreign policy. ‘We are moving towards creating new positions and people must also be informed. It is much easier for me, a market oriented person who is born in the USA, than for people who have lived their whole lives here’ believes Gene Petrić.

Representatives from the State Office for Croatians Abroad also participated in the panel discussion with Antonija Nina Škoro pointing out that working to preserve language is a key factor without which there cannot even be economic growth whilst Alen Matanić described all of the efforts that are being made to strengthen cooperation with Croatians abroad.

Žarko Tomašić, Head of the Croatian World Congress Germany’s Economic Working Group, advocates strengthening trust between Croatians at home and abroad ‘The diaspora continues to have great interest in investing in Croatia. Of course, there are also strong emotional ties with the Homeland so that we would all prefer to make money in a country that we love more. Nevertheless, one must be wise with one’s money and it must never again come into the wrong hands. We have learned from the past that many become lost in the jungle of Croatian bureaucracy and returned home with negative experiences. That is precisely why this G2 stage offers solutions and the regaining of that lost trust’ said an optimistic Tomašić.

The Organisers invite all those interested to register for the Meeting G2.2 Conference: Croatians Together in Business. More detailed information can be found on the new portal at as well as on our official Conference website at