Zagreb - Croatia's Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković on Friday visited the University of Waterloo and met Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanović and representatives of the Croat community in that Canadian city in southeastern Ontario, which was the last stop of his visit to Canada.
During the tour of the University of Waterloo, Jandroković and the Croatian parliament's officials were informed about the activities of this public research university and about the work of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies which offers diverse courses including the language acquisition of Croatian, with some 150 applicants studying Croatian.
During their stay in Kitchener, the Croatian guests were received by Mayor Vrabanović and his team who notified them of the experience of Kitchener and Waterloo in attracting fresh investments. Although the two countries have developed excellent bilateral relations, the exchange of goods between Croatia and Canada is still low. Thus, within the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which was ratified by the Sabor, we want to help Croatian and Canadian business people to improve cooperation, Jandroković said. The talks also revolved around connecting Kitchener with some of the Croatian cities or towns.
The Croatian delegation visited the Queen of Peace Franciscan centre and held talks with representatives of ethnic Croats in that Canadian city.
Jandroković and the Croatian parliament's delegation started their official visit to Canada on 17 October at the invitation of Senate Speaker George Furey and House Speaker Geoff Regan.(Hina)