About The Forum
The 2014 Brown Forum will take place on April 16-17 in Zagreb, Croatia. The Forum's goals are to:
• facilitate discussion on energy exploration opportunities in the region,
• advance Southeast European energy security by supporting Croatia’s proposed Liquefied Natural Gas facility on the island of Krk,
• encourage regional participants to adopt stronger clean energy and conservation practices,
• and allow firms to showcase their business solutions and technology that encourage clean tech and energy conservation.
We expect 200 participants from all over Europe and the United States.
For more details on the 2014 Forum, please visit our Program and Schedule pages.
In April 1996, Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown led a trade mission to Southeast Europe to promote democracy and trade in a region just emerging from a period of war. Because he believed that the path to sustainable democracy and peace in the region would be greatly smoothed by increasing international trade and investment, he wanted to personally bring leaders of U.S. firms to meet the local business and government leaders who would guide the economic futures of the new states. Tragically, Secretary Brown and 34 others perished when their plane crashed on approach to the Dubrovnik Airport before they could complete their mission.
In April 2011, the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, the Government of Croatia, the Croatian President’s Office and the Croatian Employers’ Association, organized “The Brown Forum: U.S. and Southeast European Trade and Investment.” The 2011 Brown Forum provided a unique opportunity for over 200 government and business leaders from seven countries in the Southeast European region and the United States to come together for a wide-ranging dialogue about improving the attractiveness of Southeast Europe as a destination for foreign investment and trade. With over 60 U.S. businesses and over 80 regional businesses represented at the Forum, the event also promoted direct business to business contact to explore partnership and investment opportunities.
In April 2012, “The Brown Forum – Economic Opportunities at the Municipal Level” was held in Opatija, Croatia. Municipal and local government as well as business leaders from Southeast Europe and the United States gathered to discuss how local entities can promote economic growth, provide support to local businesses and market a municipality’s resources and benefits to potential investors. The forum also created another opportunity for U.S. business and businesses from the region to directly connect and explore possible cooperation.
In April 2013, more than 200 entrepreneurs, investors, and government and business leaders from the United States, Croatia, and neighboring countries met in Zadar for “The Brown Forum: Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital.” The event provided a platform for a wide-ranging dialogue about how entrepreneurs can help promote economic growth, ways the public sector can provide support for the entrepreneur, how to attract investments in good projects, and building the next generation of entrepreneurs.