EBRD Emerging Europe Outlook On Croatia

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After six years of recession following the global financial crisis, Croatia retuned to growth with a 2.8 per cent GDP increase in Q3 2015 (yoy). In 2012, the government adopted a reform programme aiming at improving the business climate and competition. In result, in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2016, Croatia ranked 40th, 44 notches higher than in 2013. Now, with a new government announcing necessary reforms and a business-oriented Prime Minister taking over the reins, Croatia is expected to speed up its way towards higher growth.

In the light of those events, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Emerging Europe co-hosted the EBRD/Emerging Europe Outlook on Croatia event on January 28 at the EBRD headquarters in London, in order to discuss new business opportunities.

The event brought together policymakers, investors and prominent business people from the UK, Croatia and beyond to discuss the economic outlook on Croatia and explore investment opportunities in the country. Special guest speakers and panellists include: Hrvoje Bardek, Partner, Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz; Ivana Gažić, CEO at Zagreb Stock Exchange; Joan Hoey, Regional Editor Eastern Europe at Economist Intelligence Unit; Siniša Reljić, Director at Rolls-Royce Marine AS; Vedrana Jelušić Kašić, Croatia Country Director, EBRD; Vedrana Likan, President of the Board at the British Business Centre Croatia and Managing Partner at Colliers International for Croatia, BiH and Slovenia and Zvonimir Mršić, CEO at Podravka.

The business session was followed by a cultural session, with the screening of “Fishermen’s Conversations”, directed by Chiara Bove Makiedo, a filmmaker of Croatian descent.

After the session, participants enjoyed a networking reception featuring wines from Iločki Podrumi, one of the biggest vinyards in Croatia, provided by Croatian Fine Wines.

In total, the event gathered over 350 participants.

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