President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic together with her Slovak counterpart Andrej Kiska on Wednesday opened a Slovak-Croatian economic forum where she called on entrepreneurs to join in the Adriatic-Baltic-Black Sea initiative, the Office of the Croatian President's Office has reported.
As part of her official visit to Slovakia, at the meeting of entrepreneurs organised by the Croatian and Slovakian chambers of commerce, President Grabar-Kitarovic reflected on her talks with Slovakia's President Kiska during which they agreed that it would be worthwhile to transform the two countries' versatile relations into concrete cooperation and that one way could be within the V4+1 framework and the Adriatic-Baltic-Black Sea initiative.
Underscoring that the region could be a driver of global and economic growth which has been confirmed with the interest shown by the countries included in the initiative and the remainder of the European Union, China and the United States of America, the President called on entrepreneurs to join in realising the initiative.
She said that the key to developing economic relations and economies is in cooperation between entrepreneurs. She underscored the need for better harmonisation between the two countries in identifying legal, regulatory and administrative barriers.
That requires stronger cooperation in investment policies, international trade and internationalisation of small and medium enterprises. We politicians need to prepare the field for you entrepreneurs where you will be able to successfully develop cooperation without any barriers, she said.
She stressed that Croatian and Slovakian companies had achieved good trade relations and mutual investments. There is room for further economic development in industry and for further growth in turnover of goods and services, particularly through Croatian sea ports, she said.
Referring to investments, the president expressed confidence that further improvement of the investment and business climate in Croatia would lead to stronger Slovakian investments on the Croatian market. She invited entrepreneurs to investigate investment opportunities in Croatia and its comparative advantages, subsidies that stimulate investment projects and generally better investment conditions for new business ventures.
President Grabar-Kitarovic said that she would continue to advocate the development of economic and general relations between Slovakia and Croatia and that she remained open to all forms of mutually useful cooperation, read the press release issued by the Office of the Croatian President.