by Max Clarke

Over the past decade, UK exports to Croatia have seen a 240% increase, to £283 million. This figure is set to increase as Mark Prisk, Minister for Business and Enterprise, is meeting today with Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Jandrokovic in order to strengthen trade ties between the two States.

The meeting in London will discuss boosting trade ties between the UK and Croatia, an EU candidate country en route to full membership.
UK exports of goods and services to Croatia have more than doubled in the last decade, rising from £118m in 1999 to £283m in 2009, up 140%. while Croatian exports to the UK more than trebled 360% from £60m to £276m.

“The UK is a strong supporter of Croatia’s EU membership” Says Minister Prisk “and we look forward to being partners within the European Union. There is potential to boost bilateral trade, and UK firms will be looking at investment opportunities in the course of this visit."

Minister Jandrokovic is also due to meet Foreign Secretary William Hague and to address parliamentarians today.

Tomorrow, he is due to give a speech at Chatham House and to meet British businesses, some of which took part in the UK Trade & Investment seminar in Zadar earlier this year attended by Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor.

Croatia: Country Profile:

• The population of Croatia is 4.4 million. Each year, it welcomes over nine million foreign tourists.

• Croatia has seven national airports and six sea ports. Three out of 10 Pan-European transport corridors pass through Croatia.

• Croatia has the highest Internet penetration in South-East Europe.

• Opportunities exist for UK companies in a wide range of sectors including: Tourism & Leisure, Ports, Marine, Railways, Education, Energy, Creative & Media and Food & Drink.