For the first time potential investors from the Croatian diaspora will hear about ten innovative technological start-up projects from Croatia. (Photo: Meeting G2) For the first time potential investors from the Croatian diaspora will hear about ten innovative technological start-up projects from Croatia. (Photo: Meeting G2)

The conference, which is aimed at business networking for Croats at home and abroad, was opened by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović at the G2.3 Meeting in Zagreb.

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović at the G2.3 Meeting in Zagreb.

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As in the previous two years, prestigious entrepreneurs from all corners of the world arrived in Zagreb for this year’s G2.3 Meeting in Zagreb. On the first day of the conference, participants from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Paraguay, Peru, Switzerland, the USA and Venezuela had a chance to meet under the “Who’s who in G2” session where they presented themselves and their companies to the remaining participants.

The third G2 Meeting conference is a new opportunity for economic cooperation, networking, exchanging experiences and possible investments for successful Croatian entrepreneurs that live outside the homeland. It was concluded at the 2015 and 2016 G2 conferences that investments by Croatian expatriates measure in the billions of kuna and that an optimistic climate and determination in the fight against the bureaucratic apparatus are needed.

Last year’s G2.2 Meeting. (Photo: Meeting G2)

At the first panel Ivan Ivin, Anto Sluganović, Nicolas Baron Adamovich, Don Markušić and Ruža Studer tried to answer the question of how to attract investors from the Croatian diaspora and represent their interests. The topic of the second panel, where Tomo Cvjetković, Zlatan Fröhlich, Andrija Čolak and Žarko Tomašić participated, was how to promote Croatian products in the world.

The Honorable Zed Šešelja, an Australian senator of Croatian origin, will be the keynote speaker and presenting his view on the role of the Croatian diaspora in the economic and cultural development of Croatia and speak about the importance of a multi-cultural society.

 

Stjepan Šterc from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will be speaking about demographics, the question of all questions.

Bernarda Cecelja, Zoran Uranjek and Aco Momčilović will be analyzing the current state of domestic industry at a round table titled “Blood, sweat and tears – manufacturing as the answer.”

Can Croatia utilize its gold – an unpolluted country, ecological production and healthy products – attempting to answer this question at the “Green is the new gold” panel will be the owner of the AroniaLIve company Matko Šermet, the director and founder of the Agrivi company Matija Žulj, the director of Bio&Bio Jadranka Boban Pejić and the president of the Croatian Association for Tourism and Rural Development Dijana Katica.

The aim of the conference is to conduct business networking of Croats from home and abroad. (Photo: Meeting G2)

The business forum with all participants will be held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the Central State Office for Croats outside the Republic of Croatia.

The vision of the organizers, married couple Josip and Mare Vitols Hrgetić, returnees from Venezuela, is to provide an economic platform that will, among other things, show successful examples of business through internet and personal practical exchanges of knowledge as well as social networking.

This year the narrower organizing team includes Aco Momčilović, Don Markušić, Antun Krešimir Buterin, Anamaria Kreković and Lidija Šimrak.