Malta Sees Croatia As An Ideal Collaborator, Not Competitor

The President highlighted a recent important development – the lifting of restrictions for Croatian workers to take up job opportunities in Malta, like the many thousands of workers from across Europe who are already doing so.

President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović discussed a number of issues, including trade between both countries, as President Coleiro Preca began her official engagements during a historical state visit to Croatia.

“It is not often that two European Union female Presidents come together, as we are too few women at this level,” President Coleiro Preca said during a joint press conference following talks, which they led together with their respective delegations.

The President said that the visit to Croatia, together with the strong official and trade delegation, which she is leading, is evidence of Malta’s commitment to continue to build on the excellent bilateral relations which exist between Malta and Croatia.

President Coleiro Preca further explained that this state visit “continues to build on President Grabar-Kitarović’s state visit to Malta last year.” She affirmed the Maltese Government’s political will to explore further opportunities to develop beneficial collaborations between Malta and Croatia. “The respective positions of both our countries within the European Union, in its southern and eastern regions, make us ideal collaborators and not competitors”

The President stated that the presence of a strong and diverse business delegation from the Maltese Islands showed the commitment which both Malta and Croatia feels towards developing sustainable collaborations and potential partnerships to ensure prosperity for both nations.

President Coleiro Preca said that the visit to Croatia comes at a most important time “when Malta is experiencing significant economic growth, and when our businesses are seeking investment opportunities further ashore,” adding that the Maltese and Gozitan businesses present are doing so to seek worthwhile collaborations and sustainable partnerships “for the mutual benefit of both our businesses and peoples.”

The President also highlighted a recent important development – the lifting of restrictions for Croatian workers to take up job opportunities in Malta, like the many thousands of workers from across Europe who are already doing so.

The President also praised the upcoming signing of an agreement of cooperation between the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry and the Croatian Chamber of Economy, saying that this will lead to fruitful opportunities in many sectors.

President Coleiro Preca and President Grabar-Kitarović discussed various business sectors, including the areas of financial services, digital games, education and training in various sectors, such as healthcare, transhipment and logistics, tourism and hospitality, and the teaching of English as a foreign language, amongst others.

The President also called for the prioritisation of the work for peace and prosperity, “bilaterally and within our European family of nations,” at a time when uncertainty reigns across the board.

 

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