The Croatian Diaspora

Everything's Ready for the Largest Croatian Diaspora Meeting in South America

By 6 April 2016

If you're in South America in two weeks, don't miss this event.

As Total Croatia News reported back in January, Bolivia will host this year's largest meeting of Croatian diaspora in South America April 28-30, 2016 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. 

 As discussed by the organizing committee chaired by Eng. Robert Jakubek, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Croatia in Santa Cruz Sierra, Bolivia, as well as Eng. Jorge Kuljis and Mr. Tomislav Kuljis, BScthe event will focus on three areas: socio-political area of the Croatian diaspora, Croatian culture and a business roundtable. The meeting has the support of the Croatian Embassy in Chile headed by Ambassador Nives Malenica, as well as the State Office for Croats outside Croatia based in Zagreb, Croatia chaired by Ms. Darija Krsticevic. Below is the official invitation, meeting program and the address of the website where you can find additional information about the event in English and online registration form. Additionally, committees will be formed to support this event in which the participation of people from the Croatian community in Santa Cruz, Bolivia is requested.

“Dear friends of the Croatian diaspora,

According to plan at our last meeting in Lima in September 2015, we are inviting all of you to our next meeting.


Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia –  April 28 – 30, 2016

With your help and participation we are sure that our next meeting of the Croatian Diaspora will reach the memorable success of previous meetings we’ve had, including such as the historic meeting of the binational Chambers Croats of South America, held in June 1996 in Buenos Aires, Argentina when we experienced a lot of happines as members of the Republic of Croatia, which was then a brand new free and sovereign state. This has been followed by other meetings such as the one held recently in Lima, Peru where we shared a lively and unforgettable encounter similar to annual meetings that have also taken place in Chile, and Paraguay.

Looking forward to our meeting in April that is aimed at a larger number of people, the official program is organized around work on three areas: socio-political area of the Croatian diaspora, the Croatian culture and a Business Roundtable. More details can be found on the program below.

We have the support of the Croatian Embassy in Chile and I am sure we will also get the support of the embassies of the Republic of Croatia in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Brasilia, Brasil as well as the State Office for Croats outside Croatia and its director, our friend, Ms. Darija Krstičević.

We expect to host in the Business Roundtable businessmen and businesswomen, entrepreneurs and companies of Croatian capital from South America and Croatia, as well as local businesses that could be interested in the participating entrepreneurs.

To conclude this invitation we wish to inform you that our committees are waiting for your inquiries. Various details, accommodation options, alternative travel options, as well as the program of international baroque music that will take place in Santa Cruz at same time develops, can be found on our website:

Lodging and accommodations with corporate discounts

It is worth noting that the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra is at 400 meters above sea level. Santa Cruz de la Sierra is located in the center of South America, in an area with abundant tropical vegetation, at the start of the Amazon basin. The city of about 2 million people has daily connections to most capitals in South America. Currently, Santa Cruz is the largest development center and gateway for business in Bolivia.

Dear Friends, we hope to address the causes that unite us and enjoy this time to share and know about each other.

Jakubek Robert F.

Organizing Committee




Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia – 28th  to  30th April 30, 2016

PLACE: Congressional Center “Inegas” Av. Bush before reaching the 3rd ring


Thursday, April 28:

19:30 Welcome reception and dinner for visitors from other countries and guests.

Friday, April 29:

8:30 to 9:00 Presentation of credentials.

9:00 to 9:45 Welcome and opening remarks.

9:45 to 10:20 Economic overview of Bolivia and other countries of the South American continent.

10:20 Joint photos.

10:20 to 11:00 Break (coffee and soft drinks).

11:00 to 12:30 Presentation of the representatives of the delegations of the countries attending the meeting.

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch (in the congressional center).

14:30 to 18:00  Separate work groups by thematic areas:

1. socio-political problems of the Croatian diaspora.

2. Croatian Culture and the teaching of the Croatian language.

3. Business Roundtable.

20:30-23:00 Official dinner in honor of the guests, with artistic presentations with the  two attending Croatian diaspora folk groups .

Saturday, April 30:

Congressional center “Inegas” Av. Bush

9:00 to 10:30 Continuation of work in separate groups and elaboration of conclusions:

1. Problematic political partner of the Croatian diaspora.

2. Croatian Croatian Culture and language teaching.

3. Business Roundtable.

10:30 to 11:00 Break (coffee and soft drinks).

11:00 to 12:00 Closing ceremony: 1. Exhibition of the conclusions of each working group. 2. Proposal and approval of the final document with conclusions and statement for the media.

12:30 hours the congressional Center Transfer to lunch site.

13:00 to 17:00 Farewell lunch (rural environment).

After: Free.


General coordination and protocol

Business conference

Culture and Youth

Reception, Lodging and Transportation

Information Center

Medical emergencies

Attention to visitors