The Economist: The World in 2021

With the synergy of the economy and institutions, we can overcome this crisis

Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister

For the second consecutive year in a row, the conference The Economist The World in 2021, organized by Color Media Communications, as the holder of the regional license, and the Livit Company as the representative for Croatia, was held. Speaking at the conference, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković pointed out the global challenges that the world will face in the time after the pandemic, but also the reasons for optimism regarding a quick and strong recovery. He briefly presented the five basic components of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan – the economy, public administration, the judiciary and state assets, education, science and research, the labour market and social protection, and health. “Together, we have shown a really high level of political responsibility as the Union in an unprecedented way,” Mr Plenković said, adding that the available funds, in the years ahead, would enable mechanisms for the recovery of European economies and resilience.

“Last year, when we held the World in 2020 conference at the Croatian National Bank. no one could have even dreamed what 2020 would really look like. For us, this is a year that everyone wants to forget, but we are also proud that, even in such conditions, we have managed to publish of the magazine The World in 2021, as well as hold a conference in accordance with epidemiological recommendations. I am confident that the development and use of vaccines against the Covid-19 virus will be a light at the end of the tunnel, both for Croatia and the region, as well as for Europe and the world, and that 2021 will be a year of economic recovery and society as a whole,“ said CEO of Color Media Communications, Robert Čoban.

The Croatian partner and the leader of the The Economist: World in 2021 project for Croatia is the former Minister of Economy, today the director of the Livit Company, Ivan Vrdoljak. “Today, in times of pandemic and crisis, it is especially important to talk publicly about how to deal with the crisis, but it is even more important to talk about what is our aim when we overcome the crisis. ‘Next Generation EU’ is the European Commission’s financial instrument for the European Union’s recovery from the crisis, and  ‘Next Generation HR’ is a platform for reaching a consensus on what kind of Croatia and what kind of Croatian economy we want to have in the future. The format of this internationally influential yearbook provides a great foundation for any country because it realistically puts each country in a broader global context of events, relationships and trends, both in the economy and politics, ” said Mr Vrdoljak.

The conference was also attended by the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Tomislav Ćorić, Head of the EC Delegation to Croatia, Ognian Zlatev, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Gordan Grlić – Radman, Head of the European Investment Bank Office in Zagreb, Anton Kovačev, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Croatia, H.E. Andrew Dalgleish, Ambassador of France to Croatia H.E. Gaël François Veyssiere. Business executives Davor Žmegač, director of Petrokemiej, Dajana Mrčela, executive director of Saponia d.d. Osijek, Dalibor Greganić, director of Profil Klett, Danijel Benussi, director of Auto Benussi d.o.o., and Mirna Marović, director of VentureXchange Ltd, also spoke about their expectations and how they see the recovery in 2021.

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