MEETING G2.5 – CONNECTING BUSINESS PEOPLE FROM CROATIA AND EMIGRATION
President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović officially opened the MEETING G2.5 Conference – Building Business Bridges. The fifth edition of the Conference, which is being held at the Forum Zagreb Convention Center to link Croatia’s homeland and emigrants, gathered more than 200 businessmen of Croatian descent from 18 countries.
Addressing the Conference participants, the President stated: “Croatia also lives outside the borders of our country, so it is important to listen to what expatriates suggest to us. Although we have made strides in the economy, there is still a long way to go. To grow faster, it is important to leave space for entrepreneurs to do what they know best. Your experience and knowledge are a breeze in the back, especially for young people and therefore you have the opportunity to play an important role in the future. Let’s stay together in forming a better tomorrow in building a new Croatia. ”
There are currently about 200 franchised systems in Croatia with approximately 17,000 employees, in about 1,000 locations. However, there is room for progress because, out of the total number of franchises on the Croatian market, only 12 percent of them are of Croatian origin.
During the Who is Who in G2 program, each participant briefly presented their business and highlight who they wanted to connect with. Thus, several successful projects were presented in one place – from construction and metallurgical projects through tourism, IT and HR services all the way to consulting services for business consulting and communication management.
One of the most important conclusions is that entrepreneurs and businesses should be able to work easier through tax relief, streamlining administrative procedures, especially abroad, and through financial support from the state.
Due to the high quality of life, Croatia is of interest to world-class companies, and it requires more proactiveness and confidence in the successful development of its business in the international market. Young people need a stimulating environment to stay in Croatia and help with the international business-relevant experience.