Investing in Croatia: Foreign investors interest rising, conference hears
- by croatiaweek
- in Business
ZAGREB, Sept 24 (Hina) – There is a markedly higher interest in Croatia among foreign investors, partly owing to EU membership and partly to the business transactions of recent years, Daniel Radic of the KPMG consulting firm said on Thursday at the ”Investing in Times of Uncertainty” conference.
Companies from the Agrokor system have also put Croatia on the investors’ map, he said, adding that he did not see the COVID-19 pandemic as having affected investor confidence.
The conference was organised by the Enterprise Investors fund and the American Chamber of Commerce in Croatia.
Enterprise Investors has been continuously looking for new investment opportunities in the Adriatic region, including Croatia, while the Studenac retail chain has identified potential acquisitions expected to be made by next year, said Michal Kedzia, a partner in the fund.
Enterprise Investors is one of the leading private equity funds in Central and Eastern Europe. Last year it bought the Pan-Pak bakeries chain and Studenac in Croatia, having previously bought the Intersport sporting gear chain.
Kedzia said the fund was looking for new investment opportunities not just in retail but in IT and technology as well.
Asked if the fund was interested in investing in Croatia’s Ledo frozen food producer, he said the fund, as a rule, did not comment on transactions.
The question was put because the Fortenova group said this week that it had received a score of non-binding offers for Ledo Plus, Ledo Citluk and Frikom, which make up the Ledo group.
EBRD focused on green investment
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is focused on helping the private sector, notably, green investment such as renewables, the food industry, and the IT sector, said Miljan Zdrale, head of the EBRD agriculture sector for Central and Southeast Europe.
The EBRD’s goal is for green investment to account for 50 percent of all investment by 2025, he added.