Zagreb Grand Expo Fair to Attract 200 Exhibitors from Region

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, can the construction industry meet the challenges of today? Is Croatia ready for energy transformation? Can the country adapt spatial planning and communal services to meet all of the needs of the 21st century? What do investors and buyers actually expect?

When it comes to these and many other issues in the field of construction, architecture, restoration, real estate, the wood processing industry, furniture, energy, mining, metal and the electrical industry, industrial electronics and robotics, ecology, landscaping and utilities, the Zagreb Grand Expo Fair will try to offer answers.

The first session of the Programme and Organising Committee of the Zagreb Grand Expo Fair was held in the city on Wednesday, February the 16th. It consisted of representatives of a number of state institutions, business and professional associations and businessmen from as many as 10 countries from across Croatia’s more immediate region and the EU. The organisers of the Zagreb Grand Expo Fair are the Perspektive (Perspectives) International Economic Forum from Zagreb, the Promo Global Zagreb Association for Marketing and Business Services, and Delfin – Management Development Zagreb.

“At the Zagreb Grand Expo Fair, according to the set goals, 200 exhibitors from about 10 countries from across the region will present their products, services, innovations, novelties, as well as investment opportunities, and about 80,000 visitors are expected to turn up. Additionally, as many as 7 professional conferences and a donor conference to help earthquake-affected areas in the Republic of Croatia will be held at the fair,” said Vinko Curo, President of the Board of Directors of Perspektive.

”We want to connect science and the economy”

Prof.dr. Velimir Srica, President of the Programme Committee of the Perspektive International Economic Forum spoke about the importance of reviving the fair industry for economic recovery and development.

“This is actually a kind of waking up from hibernation imposed on us by the coronavirus pandemic. The desire of the Zagreb Grand Expo Fair is to awaken everything that has died off over the last two years, in the whole region and beyond. We also want this fair to be a catalyst for the revival of traditional communication relations, the affirmation of large and important projects in thematic areas of the fair and an incentive for all who want to get out of this pandemic crisis as soon as possible. In addition, through this fair, we’re going to strive to connect science and the economy in dialogue on the development and progress of these areas. In the search for acceptable solutions, as well as when it comes to actually offering solutions, people must meet up, talk and network,” said Srica.

Prof. dr. prof. Dr. Sinisa Zaric, a full professor at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Belgrade, who has extensive experience in organising the Belgrade Fair, spoke about the importance of business connections and networking.

“Construction, energy, air conditioning and other areas that will be at the heart of the Zagreb Grand Expo Fair are advancing rapidly and continuously offering a lot of news. It is much more important to see and try out the news from these areas live than to watch them on ads or virtually. The power of events is still important, people are eager to experience them. The Zagreb Grand Expo Fair will provide a large stage for numerous scientific and professional events where experiences and knowledge from the economy and technology will be exchanged,” said Zaric.

Vinko Curo emphasised the importance of the Zagreb Grand Expo Fair for the local community, the City of Zagreb and the wider area of Zagreb County in the context of tourism promotion, but also for the state as a whole and thanked both state and local institutions, including six ministries and the City Zagreb, for their ongoing support.

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