Croatia–Philippines relations

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Croatia–Philippines relations



Croatia–Philippines relations refers to the diplomatic relations that were established between Croatia and the Philippines on February 25, 1993,[1] soon after the Philippines recognized Croatia as an independent nation in 1992.[2] The two countries have developed agreements on cooperation in the fields of culture and sports, which aim to pave the way for greater people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.[3] The two countries have links between their shipping industries, including port management,[4] investment,[4] and seafarers,[3] and they propose to extend this to cooperation in shipbuilding and the navies.[1][5]


In 1993 the governments signed an agreement abolishing the requirement for a visa for holders of diplomatic and official passports.[6]

In 1995 the governments reached an agreement on scientific and technological cooperation.[6]

In 2005 the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs developed a protocol on cooperation between the two nations.[6]

In 2009 the governments signed an agreement on cultural cooperation.[6]

In 2009 the Croatian Ministry of Sports and the Philippine Board of Sports signed a memorandum on cooperation in the field of sports.[6]


The Permanent Representative of Philippines to Croatia is Lourdes Yparraguirre, who is based in the Philippine embassy in Austria.[7] The honorary Consul-General in Zagreb is Davor Stern.[8]

The Croatian ambassador accredited to the Philippines is Željko Čimbur, based in the embassy in Indonesia.[9] The Honorary Consul in Manila is Edgardo Reyes.[10]


In 2012, Croatia and the Philippines conducted their second political consultation in Manila.[1] This was conducted at the sub-ministerial level according to a protocol signed in 2005.[1] The meeting identified shipbuilding as a potential area of cooperation.[1]

Trade and investment[edit]

As of June 2012 trade between the two countries was valued at $4 million per annum.[1] The Philippines are investigating Croatia as a destination for fruit exports.[11]

International Container Terminal Services Inc., a Philippine port operation company operates Brajdica Container Terminal, the shipping container terminal at the Port of Rijeka, Croatia's largest port, and also owns a majority stake in Adriatic Gate Container Terminal, a Croatian port operation company.[4] The Philippine ambassador Lourdes Yparraguirre was present at the signing, and hailed the deal as "a major boost to enhancing bilateral relations between the vibrant economies".[12]

In 2011 the Philippine Government banned its employees from being sent to Croatia and forty other countries, citing insufficient protection of foreign workers.[13]


In 2012 the Defence ministers of both countries met during an official Croatian delegation visit to the Philippines.[5] They discussed potential cooperation on military technology, shipbuilding, and between their respective navies, particularly in combating piracy.[5] They anticipated and stressed the importance of signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the countries regarding logistics and the defence industry.[5] During the meeting, Croatia offered to build ships for the Philippine Coast Guard and overhaul existing ships, as well as pistols and assault rifles manufactured to NATO standards.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Philippines, Croatia hold second consultation". 2 October 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Malinao, Alito (1992-05-22). "13 Italy-bound Filipinos nabbed in Yugoslavia". Manila Standard. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Balana, Cynthia (25 June 2009). "RP, Croatia sign pacts on cooperation". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "ICTSI acquires 51% of Croatian port operator". 2011-03-07. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Croatian and Philippines Defence Ministers' talks on cooperation in defence industry". Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Zbirka međunarodnih ugovora" (in Croatian). Republika Hrvatska Ministarstvo vanjskih i europskih poslova. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "New Permanent Representative of the Philippines Presents Credentials". United Nations Information Service. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Honorary Consuls: Zagreb, Croatia". Permanent Mission/Embassy of the Philippines in Austria. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Croatian Embassy in Jakarta". Embassy of the Republic of Croatia, Jakarta. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Honorary Consulate in the Republic of the Philippines". Embassy of the Republic of Croatia, Jakarta. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Sauler, Erika (2 October 2012). "Balkan folk may soon enjoy PH fruits". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "ICTSI Wins Contract to Operate Croatian Port". Permanent Mission/Embassy of the Philippines in Austria. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Filipini stavili Hrvatsku na crnu listu zbog nedostatka zaštite stranih radnika" (in Croatian). Index. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Hrvatska Filipinima nudi gradnju i remont brodova te prodaju oružja". Večernji List (in Croatian). 4 October 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 

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