ZAGREB, 6, November 2018 – The 4th edition of Meeting G2 – A Look in the Future – which connects Croatians abroad with people and business opportunities in Croatia – will be held at the congress centre Forum Zagreb from 12-14 November 2018.
At the conference, which aims to connect Croatia’s homeland and emigration and to help strengthen the Diaspora’s investment in the homeland, successful business people with Croatan heritage from 15 countries and four continents will attend. It is held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, who will address the conference on the second day of the event to emphasise the importance of linking Croatians around the world and the homeland.
The biggest delegation at this year’s Meeting G2 will come from Australia and Austria.
Every year Australia leads the way with the number of business people coming to make business connections in Croatia, and this year there will be representatives of three of the four Australian-Croatian Chambers of Commerce.
On the other hand, the Austrian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce for the past few months has made great efforts to promote diaspora cooperation with businessmen from the homeland, and this year the country expects a particularly strong cluster for delicatessen products.
There will also be business people at the conference in Zagreb from USA, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, France, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Apart from investing in Croatia, this is also an opportunity for Croatian companies to strengthen their connections in other continents and countries and to realise export ambitions.
The Meeting G2 programme this year is varied, with a ‘Pitch Session’ held on opening day presenting 10 Croatian startups which are looking for investment from all over the world.
The second day features 7 panels, including ‘The Potential of Croatian Chambers and Businessmen in the World – an Example of Australia.’
The Australian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce is one of the most active chambers of the Croatian diaspora around the world and in recent years has achieved excellent results, in particular with the help of exporters from Croatia to the Australian market.
In 2016, Croatian exports to Australia grew by almost 50% going from $17.7 to $26.3 million. For the past two years exports have totalled more than $20 million, with the potential to further increase.
One of the participants on the panel will be David Jakić, president of the New South Wales Australian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce.
There will also be a panel on innovative design in the Croatian wood industry which will be presented by several companies that have achieved international success such as Prostoria and the Dizz Concept who will share how they create added value through branded products.
On the panel on Croatian delicacies, Croatian producers with success abroad, such as Neb Chupin, the creator of the brand Dida Boža, will present their stories. There will also be a Blockchain panel where attendees will hear about the experience of investing in Blockchain projects in Croatia and current world trends. Crypto investor and well-known entrepreneur Hrvoje Prpić will be on the panel.
The conference will be closed by Nenad Bakić, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist who will present the project Croatian Makers, which has achieved remarkable results over the last two years regarding the introduction of STEM activities in educational institutions and the local community.