Zagreb, 10 December 2014 – Croatian-Israeli Business Club – CIBC (www.cibc.hr) and the Embassy of Israel in the Republic of Croatia organized a traditional pre-holiday gathering and a reception in the banqueting hall of AS Hotel in Zagreb.
Ambassadors of Japan, Greece, Kosovo, Albania, Azerbaijan, Korea, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and representatives of the US Embassy in Zagreb where joined by many other prominent guests from Croatian cultural, political, scientific and public life: Vedran Mornar, Minister of Science, Education and Sports, Luka Burilović President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Ivan Turudić, President of the Zagreb County Court, Mario Vukelić, President of the High Commercial Court, Academician Pjer Šimonović, Croatian Ambassador to Israel, Academician Pavao Rudan, Secretary-General of the CASA, sports celebrities such as Davor Šuker, Franjo Arapović, Nikola Vujičić, Zoran Primorac, President of the Olympians Club, together with Shimon Mizrahia, owner of Tel Aviv basketball club Maccabi, and many other distinguished businessmen from Croatia, Israel, Korea, Australia and other parts of the world. The musical part of the gathering featured a performance by the world famous Croatian cellist Ana Rucner.
The newly appointed Israeli Ambassador to Croatia, H.E. Zina Kalay Kleitman, addressed the assembled guests, noting that there is still room for improvement of cooperation between the two countries. She complimented the work of the Croatian-Israeli Business Club and in closing expressed her confidence that she and the Club will work closely together during her term of office.
Prof Dragan Primorac, president of the Croatian-Israeli Business Club expressed the pleasure for seeing such a great audience gathered from all parts of the social scene from so many different countries, especially greeting the distinguished guests coming from the region, asserting that once their countries join the EU too, the take-off of the region may finally be at hand. In his closing remark he shared the message that success is not a matter of chance but rather of choice, and that he was personally confident of the bright future ahead.
Croatian-Israeli Business Club was founded in 2010 with the aim of promoting cooperation between the two countries at all levels, and preparing grounds for infusion of Israeli capital in the Republic of Croatia and the region, but in the opposite direction just as well. The membership of the Croatian -Israeli Business Club includes notable personages form public, cultural and economic life of the Republic of Croatia and Israel, including the Israeli billionaire Itshak Tshuva, President of the American-Israeli Chamber of Commerce and son of the President of Israel Chemi Peres, a number of members of the Israeli Government, top businessmen and many people from the state of Israel public life. Branches of the CIBC are also active in the US, Great Britain and South Africa. The advisory committee of the Club counts leading Croatian and Israeli businessmen and both, active and former politicians.