CIBC President Prof. Dragan Primorac successfully participated at an event of Summit Series – an American organization that brings together the new leaders of the world of today from the ranks of US politicians, businessmen and public figures.
Numerous meetings between Prof. Primorac and world leaders were focused on promoting Croatia as a destination for world investments and capital.
The factors which turned Israel from an agriculture based society to a high-tech society are government policy supportive for R&D in high technology, strong academic system, necessity (Israel is in the region with many conflicts) immigration, innovation, creativity and a unique cultural scene which includes an immigration structured society, obligatory military service and mentality, explained the former President of the Israel Institute of Technology – Technion, professor Yitzhak Apeloig on the Economic-Scientific Forum.
The Forum was organized by the Croatian-Israeli Business Club and the Embassy of Israel in the Republic of Croatia in cooperation with Libertas Business College, business weekly LIDER, Future Network, eSTUDENT and eALUMNI, organizations of the best students and their alumni in Croatia.
The forum was opened with a statement by His Excellency Yosef Amrani, Israeli Ambassador to Croatia and Mr Dragan Primorac, president of the CIBC who gave an introduction to the main topic of the Forum. The Forum was marked by the presentation of professor Yitzhak Apeloig, former president of the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion), one of the most prestigious institutes in Israel and one of the most prestigious in the world. Technion lead by professor Apeloig from 2001-2009 played a major role in the transformation of the Israeli economy and was a pioneer and creator of infrastructure for the high-tech industry.
The numbers which were presented clearly show why Israel is one of the best examples of success in connecting science with economy. The Israeli economy is achieving a 5% GDP growth rate, $11 billion of investments in the high-tech sector, $200 billion GDP out of which $54 billion is exports, 3000 companies in the high-tech sector, 1500 start-up companies, the highest rate of employees in the high-tech industry in the world, the biggest number of companies outside the US which are listed on NASDAQ (over 70) and about $2 billion investments in high-tech companies. These are all clear evidences of strength of the Israeli high-technology sector.
The presentation was followed by a discussion about Croatian opportunities in developing an economy based on science and technology. Participants of the discussion were Mr Radovan Fuchs, Minister of science, education and sports of the Republic of Croatia, Mr Boris Cota, Advisor to the President of the Republic of Croatia, Mr Vilim Ribić, president of the Register of Croatian Unions, Mr Dalibor Marijanović, General Manager of the Business Innovation Center of Croatia (BICRO), Mr Dragan Primorac, CIBC President and professor at the University of Split and Osijek in Croatia and professor at the University of Pennsylvania and University of New Haven, USA, Mr Darinko Bago, CEO of Končar – Electrical Industries Inc. and Mr Matko Bolanča, CEO of PLIVA.
CIBC President Mr. Dragan Primorac and one of the founders of CIBC Mr. Nikica Gabrić will be guests of the famous show “Lica Nacije” of the Croatian National Television. The topic of the show will be: “How much do private investments in health care improve the people’s health quality, market competition and public health standard?”
The show will be broadcasted on Monday 31st January at 11.35pm (CET) on the 1st channel of Croatian National Television (HRT1).
This year’s Croatian-Israeli Business Club Christmas gathering of Club members and supporters assembled a number of prominent members of business and academic communities, including His Excellency Yosef Amrani, Israeli ambassador to Croatia, Zagreb Rabbi Mr Prelević, ministers Mr Đuro Popijač and Mr Radovan Fuchs, Mr Joško Paro, Advisor to the President of the Republic of Croatia and ambassador, and Mr Rajko Ostojić and Mr Štef Violić, members of Sabor, the Croatian Parliament. The guests of the Club were also famous athletes Mr Dario Šimić, Mr Franjo Arapović and Mr Veljko Mršić, Mr Pero Lučin, the Rector of the University of Rijeka and member of the Advisory Committee of the Club, Mr Matko Bolanča, Pliva CEO, as well as managers and chief editors of nearly every media company in Croatia. The event also took place just before the Croatian delegation lead by prime minister Mrs Jadranka Kosor visit to Israel, scheduled for January 11th and 12th next year.
The President and one of the founders of the Club, Mr Dragan Primorac, summed up the past activities of the Club pointing out the fact that the Club brought together the leading Croatian and Israeli businessmen and politicians who take part in the Club’s advisory bodies. Talking about the forthcoming visit to Israel, Mr Primorac said that the goal of the visit was to establish direct contacts between twenty companies from each of the countries involved.
The objective of the Croatian-Israeli Business Club is to make Croatia the key point of interest for Israeli investors and capital, and Israel’s gate to Europe. Croatian-Israeli Business Club members are distinguished members of social, political and business communities of the Republic of Croatia and the State of Israel.