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Annual Čicin-Šain lecture held in Zagreb

Central Bank of Ireland and Croatian National Bank - Dr. Ante Čičin-Šain memorial lecture

Ambassador Olive Hempenstall with Vedran Šošić, Deputy Governor or Croatian National Bank, and Boris Vujčić, Governor. 
Photo credit: Croatian National Bank

The Croatian National Bank (HNB) hosted the 11th Annual Ante Čičin-Šain memorial lecture on Monday 12 December in Zagreb. The late Dr Ante Čičin-Šain (1935-2008) was a distinguished economist who served as the first Governor of the HNB and also as Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to Ireland form 1993 to 1997. He subsequently became the Honorary Consul of Ireland to the Republic of Croatia. He was instrumental in establishing strong links between the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) and HNB.

The CBI and HNB in conjunction with the Irish Croatian Business Association established an annual lecture to commemorate Dr Čičin-Šain. The aim of the lectures was to provide an annual focus for discussion and contact between Ireland and Croatia on matters of economic interest, as well as marking Dr Čičin-Šain's unique contribution to furthering relations between the two countries.

The 11th Annual lecture was introduced by the Governor of the HNB, Dr Boris Vujčić. The lecture was given by Mr Verdan Šošić, Vice Governor of the Croatian National Bank and was entitled "Semi-Rational Exuberance: Gaining Speed on an Old Track?" Mr Šošić was presented with a medal by Ambassador Hempenstall.

The lecture took place in the headquarters of the HNB. Among those in attendance were Ambassador Harrington and Mrs Vesna Čicin-Šain.