Chinese capital to boost Croatian ports
Chinese capital to boost Croatian ports
Author: CSEBA/SEEbiz
29th November 2017
SHANGHAI - The Croatian-Chinese Business Forum in Shanghai, as the precursor to the opening of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce office in that city, has brought some very important information in the context of Chinese investments in Croatia.
The interest of Chinese investors for port infrastructure in Croatia has been confirmed, with special emphasis on ports in Zadar and Rijeka, as well as on other potential investments in infrastructure and tourism sectors.

Nikolina Brnjac, state secretary at the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, presented the advantages of the Croatian ports, presented the project "Zagrebačka obala", and emphasized the interest of Chinese investors in investing in the development of the Port of Zadar. The State Secretary has greatly aroused the presentation and used this opportunity to praise the interest of Chinese guests at the Forum who are currently negotiating the amount and method of investing in the Zadar port.

Her presentation thus emphasizes the positive attitudes of the Croatian Government and it is commendable that during the whole presentation she took into account the presentation of transport infrastructure projects. Particularly worth mentioning is the project of reconstruction of the Zadar-Knin railway, which is the most interesting for Chinese investors.

At 2016 Riga Summit meeting, Croatia and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation on ports and port industrial parks, and the Croatian government is ready to cooperate with China as part of the Pojas and the Road initiative.

Croatian Ambassador to China Nebojsa Koharovic, as always, with excellent speech, emphasized on the OBOR initiative. Koharovic especially emphasized the statements of Prime Minister Plenkovic and the meeting of the two prime ministers in Budapest at the summit. He presented almost all industries that are interesting for Chinese investors, but also focusing on this year as highlighting the goals of both countries. With special thanks to the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Croatia, Liu Gang, who has been representing and helping the Republic of Croatia in the full twenty years already, has pointed out that this is yet another step forward in the development of the economic relations of our two friendly countries.

State Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Frano Matušić praised his speech and presentation of the activities of the Chinese South East European Business Association (CSEBA), and in the panel pointed out Zhongya Nekretnine and noted why the issuance of a building permit was delayed. This is the first Chinese investment in Croatia, with great credit to CSEBA. Chinese investor is taking over the Hotel Toplice, which will in the future be the top destination with four stars.
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