Golden Key Awards: Best Croatian Exporters Announced!

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the Golden Key awards for the best of Croatia’s largest exporters went to Koncar – Distribution and special transformers, the best of the medium Croatian exporters is Dok-Ing, and the Q agency has been declared the best of the small and micro Croatian exporters for this year.

The president of the Croatian Exporters (HIZ) pointed out that these strange times in which business is being conducted are extremely challenging and complicated due to the coronavirus pandemic and Russian aggression.

“The world’s gross export back in 2021, if we’re looking solely at goods, fell, but services and the total in that sense actually increased. Exports from Croatia have increased, which means that we’re in a good position compared to the rest of the world. The shortfalls that occurred here for the Croatian economy were then offset by a successful tourist season.

The export of goods and services to the EU is traditionally in the negative, and with CEFTA in the plus, whether that refers to goods or services. For years, the structure of our largest trade partners has been the same, consisting of five countries including Italy, Germany and Slovenia,” said Darinko Bago. He repeated that Croatian exporters employ the majority of employees and generate the largest share of the country’s GDP, and according to the calculations of the Financial Agency (Fina), Croatian exporters contribute on average to the budget and GDP by as much as 40 percent more than other companies.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic also spoke about the challenges currently being faced by the Croatian and European economy, and he emphasised that we are living in a time of several parallel crises, the likes of which have not been seen for decades. The unprecedented coronavirus pandemic halted society as a whole, caused severe damage to the global economy and reduced the global GDP by double-digit values, and now we have a war on European soil.

“The second crisis is the Russian aggression against Ukraine, which disrupted the energy market and consequently led to inflationary trends throughout Europe and the world. The third crisis is the climate crisis, which, connected with the events in Ukraine, leads to a global food crisis. Therefore, he warned, we all have to sit down together and see how to deal with these parallel crises,” Plenkovic pointed out as Croatian exporters were rewarded for their efforts.

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