The fourth Croatian consulate in Bosnia and Herzegovina was opened in the central Bosnian town of Vitez today. Croatia already has consulates in Mostar, Tuzla and Banja Luka. A consulate in Livno should be opened by the end of the month.
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović is on an official visit to neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina where, earlier today, she attended the opening of the consulate of the Republic of Croatia in the town of Vitez.
Vitez was not chosen accidentally, it is one of the most developed municipalities and a positive example of coexistence between Bosnian Muslims and Croats after the war. The town has been home to a business zone since 1996, which has served as a driving force behind the return of expelled Croats to their pre-war homes in the Lašva Valley.
Currently, the business zone employs some 6,000 people in 60-odd companies, and according to the available data, registered a turnover of some €400 million in 2015. However, youth emigration is rising, and Croatia will provide support to the local government in reversing that negative trend.