Economic cooperation between Croatia and Macedonia can be advanced particularly with regard to joint appearance on third markets, it was concluded on Monday during a visit by Macedonian Ambassador to Croatia Daniela Karagjozoska to the town of Sisak, about 60 km southeast of Zagreb.
After conducting talks with Sisak Mayor Kristina Ikic Banicek, Karagjozoska visited the county chamber of commerce where she met with entrepreneurs and informed them of business conditions in Macedonia and of possible investment opportunities.
"We value and respect each other. On the political level we support each other and have friendly relations, however, our economic cooperation is stagnating and it must be advanced. Macedonia, as a member of the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA), and Croatia, as a member state of the European Union, can appear together on third markets," she said.
According to Karagjozoska, Macedonia has progressed despite the political crisis and has achieved an increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the second highest in Europe after Ireland. It has been recording growing employment in the industrial sector and many countries are relocating their plants to Macedonia because of favourable investments conditions, Karagjozoski said.
She believes that Macedonia could be competitive on the Croatian market with quality fruit and vegetables, wine, iron, tobacco, and pharmaceutical and other products.