To promote friendship, goodwill and understanding between the business communities of Western Australia and Croatia.
To arrange for regular and effective consultation between business enterprises in Western Australia and Croatia.
To promote and encourage trade, investment, technical and economic cooperation between Western Australia and Croatia and the establishment of joint ventures in Western Australia and Croatia.
To maintain, promote and extend industrial and commercial relations between individuals, firms, companies, corporations, institutions and associations of Western Australia and Croatia.
To promote agreements between Croatia, Western Australia and Australian firms to cooperate in joint ventures, transfer of know-how, licensing agreements and establishment of third country projects.
To maintain liaison with the Government of Western Australia, Australia and Croatia in order to promote any of the above objects and to ensure that the concerns, views and plans of the Western Australian, Australian and Croatian business communities are clearly conveyed to the governments of both countries so as to develop economic, industrial and commercial cooperation between the two countries.
To establish working groups to achieve any of the above objectives, including in particular the encouragement of trade, investment and technology.
To seek to ensure the continuation of a stable relationship between Western Australia, Australia and Croatia - a relationship which understands the national heritage and aspirations of both countries.
Generally to enter into, execute and carry out all contracts and agreements of any kind whatsoever and to do all such other things as are incidental or conducive to all or any of the above objects.
Except as hereinbefore provided to apply the income and property of the Chamber solely towards the promotion of the objects of the Chamber.
Since Croatia declared its independence in 1991 and the subsequent end to hostilities in 1995, it has made significant moves towards a market economy. This dynamic move in economic development has created growing interest in Croatia as a long term trading partner.
To explore the many opportunities generated by this economic growth and development, a forum for business was required. The concept of a 'Chamber of Commerce' would assist in the development of a meaningful trade relationship between Western Australia and Croatia, resulting in expanded employment opportunities for both economies.
Both the Western Australian and Croatian governments supported the creation of a Chamber in order to promote a positive economic relationship between Western Australia and the Republic of Croatia.
The Western Australian Croatian Chamber of Commerce was formed on April 3, 2003. A Steering Committee was established to coordinate and guide the formation of a properly constituted body with a clear vision and well defined objectives.
The members of the Steering Committee included: Hon. Ljiljanna Ravlich MLC (Chairperson), Tihomir Telisman (Consul Gerant of the Republic of Croatia), George Grasa, Tony Krsticevic, Mira Skender, Neven Smoje and Dennis Yagmich.
The Chamber was officially launched in June 2003 at a Cocktail Party held at the Western Australian Cricket Association, East Perth. Members of the Croatian community were invited to join the Chamber. There were fifty three Foundation Members.
The inaugural meeting of the Executive Committee of the Western Australian Croatian Chamber of Commerce was held on Monday August 4, 2003 in the office of the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia.
The office bearers elected at this meeting include: Chairman Brian Rakich
Vice Chairman Tihomir Telisman
Secretary - General George Sekulla
Treasurer Dennis Yagmich
Committee Members Tihomir Galic
Patrons Professor Valentine Pervan
Brian Rakich AM - Foundation President
Dennis Yagmich - Vice President
Hon Ljiljanna Ravlich - Patron