The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, Gordan Grlić Radman, is on an official visit to Egypt where he will meet with the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
In cooperation with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry Selim, Minister Grlić Radman will launch a B2B business forum composed of Croatian and Egyptian businessmen, followed by bilateral meetings with his Egyptian counterpart at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. .
At the end of his official visit, the Minister, accompanied by his associates, will meet with the Minister of Military Production of Egypt, Mohammed Ahmed Morsi, and the Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources Tarek El Moll.
Closing day one of his visit on Tuesday, Grlić Radman said Croatian companies are showing great interest in the Egyptian market, which could pave the way for entering a market of nearly one billion people.
A country with which Croatia has traditionally friendly relations based on long-term understanding and partnership, Egypt is one of Croatia’s most important economic partners, not only in Africa but also in the Middle East, the minister said.
“Egypt has good relations with the Arab world, offering access to a market of almost one billion people, which enables companies cooperating with Egypt to focus on the wider regional markets,” he said.
Grlić Radman sees opportunities for co-operation in the oil and timber processing industry, energy, shipbuilding, defense industry and infrastructure works.
The minister began his visit to Egypt by paying tribute to the Croatian memorial cemetery in El Shatt, the place where almost 30,000 Croats, mostly from Dalmatia, the Dalmatian hinterland and the islands, were evacuated during World War II.
“856 of them died here and that is why we laid wreaths and lit candles for them today,” the minister said.
He also visited the Suez Canal, a very important economic area that attracts significant investments.
The delegation accompanying Grlić Radman includes business people and economists.