(13 September 2004) - Today the Speaker of Parliament Vladimir Šeks has received a delegation of Western Australia, which is visiting Croatia in the organisation of the Western Australian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce from 12 until 18 September 2004. The delegation, led by the President of the Western Australian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce Brian Rakich, includes representatives of the Government of Western Australia and several prominent business people.
The Speaker of Parliament praised the good bilateral relations between Croatia and Australia, emphasising that there were opportunities for closer economic co-operation which should be intensified in the future, especially in view of the numerous Croatian expatriate community in Australia. The Speaker welcomed the establishment of an Australia-Croatia Friendship Group within the Federal Parliament of Australia, and informed the Australian delegation that such a group had been established within the Croatian Parliament in March this year. The delegation members were asked to contribute to the alleviation of the Australian visa regime for Croatian citizens.
The President of the Western Australian-Croatian Chamber Brian Rakich reported that the long history of good relations among Croatia and Western Australia was visible from the support provided by both governments to the establishment of the Chamber, the seat of which is located in Perth, the capital of the economically most dynamic Australian state. As President Rakich pointed out, Australian business people were very interested in investing into Croatias tourism and shipbuilding industry. Problems related to the land title process in Croatia were highlighted as particularly significant in view of the importance of legal security in proprietary issues.
The Speaker of Parliament informed the Australian delegation about the steps aimed at facilitating land administration, which is indispensable for the development of the market economy and more efficient links with the world. The Speaker thanked the Australian side for the assistance it offered in solving these issues. Both sides expressed hope that the visit of the Australian delegation would result not only in an exchange of useful information, but also in new business deals.