As Poslovni Dnevnik/Vecernji list writes, inventions and innovations should be strongly encouraged in all sectors, and it is naturally necessary to accelerate the digitalisation of industry and the state at all levels, initiate rapid and effective public administration reform, reduce bureaucratisation, state apparatus costs and corruption, and shape a long-term strategy.
All of the above, and basing it firmly on activities related to blossoming sectors in Croatia such as robotics, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and applied cognitive science, is one of the conclusions of the recently held and fourth Rings of the Business Forum Zagreb 2021, where the Ring (Prsten) Association of Croats of Bosnia and Herzegovina discussed how to quickly and efficiently adapt and continue doing business in coexistence with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Pavo Zubak, president of the Ring, which brings together more than 230 businesses operating across Croatia with about 11,000 employees and generating 5.5 percent of Croatia’s GDP, said they were acting affirmatively, looking to the future, and trying to build partnerships with representatives of the executive branch and harbour a relationship full of trust.
“Behind us is a difficult and challenging period, and before us lie new challenges and opportunities that we can and must take advantage of. Therefore, it’s important to communicate openly in order to jointly prepare projects that can mostly be co-financed from European Union (EU) funds,” Zuban stressed, emphasising the importance of Croatian political stability for further economic progress.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic (HDZ), the patron of the forum, said that Croatian political stability was the goal of the Government because it was the first indicator that investments could be safely made here.
On the topic of this year’s Ring Forum Opportunities and threats facing the Croatian economy in the post-pandemic period, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Tomislav Coric said that there are many challenges that we must overcome. One of them is the absorption of more than 200 billion kuna in various financial envelopes, available over the next ten years.