Organized by the Association of Foreign Investors and the Representative Office of the European Commission in Croatia, the International Conference “Investing in Human Capital for Economic Growth” was held in Zagreb. The purpose of the conference was to bring together experts from these areas to discuss the current labor market situation and assess the need for adequate workforce in the light of possible investments and accelerating economic growth.Opening of the meeting, whose special guest was Jean-Eric Paquet, Deputy Head of the Directorate-General of the European Commission, attended the Head of the European Commission Representation in Croatia HEE. Branko Baričević, Minister of Labor and Pension Insurance Marko Pavić and Minister of Science and Education prof.dr. Blaženka Divjak.
After introductory speeches by the organizer, Jean-Eric Paquet addressed the meeting, which in his speech referred to the importance of human capital and the labor market situation in the European Union. He also emphasized that any investment in human capital, at national and EU level, directly affects the economic and social development of the country. He further noted that Croatia is the leading country in the European Union by keeping young people in schools until the first qualification for employment in the labor market; 2.8% of them leave primary education earlier.
Thereafter, there was a round table attended by Mr. Marko Pavić, Minister of Labor and Pension Insurance, accompanied by Mr. Paqueta and Minister of Science and Education prof.dr. Blaženka Divjak as Government Representatives, Mladen Fogec, President of the Association of Foreign Investors in Croatia, and CEO of Siemens d.d. Croatia, Matija Žulj, Executive Director Agrivia and Bojan Poljičak, Director of Adecca, in front of the Economic Community.
With the representatives of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, state institutions and leading investors, the conference attracted a large number of representatives of the diplomatic corps, media and business community from Croatia and abroad.