An Aral-Croatian Business Forum was held in Sydney on March 12th, organized by the Croatian Chamber of Economy, which was attended by twenty representatives of Croatian companies and over 100 representatives of Australian companies. Attendees were welcomed by Dr. Damir Kušen Croatian Ambassador to Australia, Jason Collins - Executive Director of the European Australian Business Council, Iannis Patin - Executive Director of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, and on behalf of the Croatian Business Delegation, Zlatan Fröhlich – President of Croatian Chamber of Economy. One of the points discussed was that there are real opportunities for increasing commodity exchange, especially in the fields of energy, electrical industry, food industry and tourism due to the growing number of Australian tourists as 210.000 visited Croatia in 2017.
Four Australian Croatian Chambers of Economy that operate in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Canberra and Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in Sydney gave their support to this Business Forum. The signing of the Australia – European Union Free Trade Agreement is expected to contribute to an increase in the economic exchange between Croatia and Australia.
There are around 200.000 Croatian emigrants living in Australia that are also an important link in strengthening economic, cultural and social ties between the two countries. The Croatian delegation was received at the Parliament of New South Wales and attended the signing of the Cooperation Agreement between the towns of Osijek and Canada Bay. The visit ended in Brisbane, where a Business Forum was held with representatives of the state of Queensland.
Members of delegation: Alpha Aplikacije d.o.o., Elda d.o.o., Ivanićplast d.o.o., Jakić i Jakić d.o.o., Katarina Line d.o.o., NCP Grupa d.o.o., Olival d.o.o., Obzor putovanja d.o.o., Obrt za turizam Mirna luka, Podravka International Pty Ltd, Poliklinika Bagatin, Protein d.o.o., Biofarm d.o.o., Kordun Grupa, ROTO Kruna d.o.o., Stancija St. Antonio d.o.o., Tomislav Cop Atelje d.o.o., Tehno filter d.o.o., Tekim d.o.o., Adriatic – Blizna d.o.o., Cio d.o.o., Travel Plan j.d.o.o., Epic Croatia travel d.o.o., Zlatan Otok d.o.o., Agency for Investments and Competitiveness, Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Croatian Chamber of Economy / Chamber of Zagreb.