The Financial Times has listed the Croatian region of Međimurje among the Top 10 best regions for attracting foreign investments.
In the specialized edition of the Financial Times ‘’fDi Magazine’’, which monitors and compares investment movements at the global level, Međimurje was ranked as the seventh region among 146 locations with less than 1,5 million inhabitants in the category of the strategy quality for attracting foreign investments.
Matija Posavec, the Međimurje County Prefect commented that such recognitions are not given by accident but are the result of a long and systematic work on attracting investments, promoting the region’s economy and strengthening the entrepreneurial environment.
‘’We are the only county with bigger GDP in 2014 than in 2008 and in this period we recorded the highest salary growth in Croatia’’, emphasized Posavec.
Posavec also noted a positive foreign trade balance by saying that the Međimurje County had exports twice as big as imports. Talking about the rise of employment, the Prefect pointed out that in the past four years they had 2,500 job openings. He also mentioned that the advantages of the Međimurje County in relation to other regions are geographical location, a high level of communal infrastructure, efficient public administration and, above all, hard working people.
‘’The best recommendation is investors who have been with us for a very long time now. Not only they did not leave but they are expanding their investments by opening new plants and increasing employment’’, said Posavec.
It is interesting to note that the world’s best region for attracting foreign investments, or the region of the future, is the wider area of Helsinki.