The evening of 8th October 2016, at the Hilton Hotel, Sydney some 100 esteemed members and guests joined the Consul General, Hrvoje Petrusic and the ACCC for the celebration of Croatian Independence Day and the official Launch of the ACCC NSW. Apart from enjoying the special meal prepared by our famous chef Kruno Velican, the guests heard from the President of ACCC NSW, Duro Fricek, and Consul General of Croatia, Hrvoje Petrusic who talked about the values and benefits of ACCC NSW and future opportunities of bilateral trade between our respective countries as well as benefits of joining the Chamber.

A mix of businesses and inidividuals were present with some well-known Croatian companies like Podravka International, Osjecko Pivo, Mlinar, Adriatic Adventures and Qatar Airways were present. Special guest, Dr Ren Yi, Director at Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University discussed University’s involvement in R&D of various products and services and its long standing support of businesses.

Another announcement made on the night was integration of Croatian Business Forum, led by one of ACCC NSW Committee Members, Ivan Gavran, with the ACCC NSW, to further align and facilitate a transfer of knowledge, skills and expertise across the community through series of workshops designed around specific business topics. The focus will be on improved business culture and it can help achieve revenue growth & business profitability.

Some of the upcoming ACCC activity highlighted was the G2 meeting in Zagreb (10-12 Oct), at which a representative of the ACCC will be present and subsequently provide information on current activities and opportunities available in Croatia. This yearly event is a B2B information session, which introduces the Australian Croatian Chamber and Croatian government bodies to potential investors.

There was a buzz of questions and genuine excitement during the evening, from how to establish a company in Croatia, import/export rules and regulations, employment of staff etc. Multiple queries showed interest for various industries, from general trade to finance and construction, which confirms the opportunities that exist and the need for the ACCC to connect the dots and assist in the process.

Media personnel present were from CRO-Media, Domovina newspaper and SBS radio.

We look forward to seeing many more join the ACCC NSW and help us grow both countries’ economies while acting as a key connector between Croatia and Australia.