The delegation held a series of meetings with various representatives of Croatian companies on Wednesday.
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 17th of March, 2018, Sweden’s Saab Group intends to build a software centre and a science park in the Republic of Croatia, into which it will invest 50 million euros for the coming decade, according to Marcus Wallenberg, chairman of the board, writes Lider.
The delegation held a series of meetings with various representatives of Croatian companies and and their leaderships with regard to the topic at hand last Wednesday. In any case, the centre will be built and the search is currently on for an appropriate location somewhere on Croatian territory, and in the long run, it would be more than ideal if a scientific park was developed in the immediate vicinity of the aforementioned centre.
The main reason for building a centre here in Croatia lies with the issue of a shortage of computer engineers in Sweden itself, and the desire is for this problem to be partially solved by building a center here, with Ericsson Nikola Tesla playing a key role, thanks to which, Croatia has shone in a positive light, resulting in its selection. Another reason is the successful cooperation of the competent Croatian universities with the Swedes, for example, in the field of robotics. Although it isn’t yet clear what the centre would involve in particular, it is estimated that there will be several hundred people employed, most of them being from Croatia.
As far as the potential science park is concerned, there is a great interest in applying the Swedish concept of linking and creating a connection between the government, industry and the scientific community in Croatia, there are currently 31 scientific parks in Sweden, and this is the method which is used to ensure a proper flow between the institutions involved. The very first step will be centred around the necessary preparation of a pre-study and discussion with all the stakeholders directly involved in this extensive process.
“We have to understand that competition is constantly affecting us and that we’ve got to change and reinvent ourselves in order to do new things. To do that, we have to work with others because Sweden is a small country and we can’t just think that all of the good ideas will just come from Sweden,” stated Johansson, in reference to Sweden’s interest in tighter co-operation with Croatia.