Denmark keen to expand commercial, trade ties with Pakistan: Jesper Sorensen

Denmark keen to expand commercial, trade ties with Pakistan: Jesper Sorensen | PakistanTribeISLAMABAD – Danish Ambassador in Pakistan Jesper Sorensen says his country is keen to expand commercial and trade ties with Pakistan. 

In an interview with Radio Pakistan on Saturday, he said a Commercial Section of the Embassy in Islamabad would start functioning from Monday to facilitate trade between the two countries.

The Ambassador said he would go back to Denmark next week to meet different companies there to apprise them of business and investment opportunities in Pakistan.  In this connection, a seminar would also be held to update them on the latest economic developments and policies of the Government.

To a question he said concerns about security situation are main hurdle in the way of meaningful investment from his country.  He, however, added that he would tell Danish companies to explore joint venture possibilities with their Pakistani counterparts if they do not wish to be physically present in the country.

Mr. Jesper Sorensen said Denmark can help Pakistan meet the challenge of energy shortages especially in the field of renewable energy including wind and solar. He said 44% of the wind turbines in the world are manufactured in Denmark.

The Ambassador said Denark is providing economic assistance to Pakistan and is also supporting through a stabilization programme.

He said the second development programme for the next three and a half years involved activities worth 50 million dollars especially in the fields of education and health. He said their main focus is on areas of conflict like KPK, FATA and Balochistan. He said Danish assistance has help rehabilitated five hundred schools and more than one hundred and fifty thousand boys and girls are now in school courtesy Danish funding in the conflict areas.

The Ambassador said together with the European Union, Denmark would be launching a new project in coordination with the Government of Pakistan for capacity building of statutory bodies in the four provinces. Here again the focus would be on capacity building of the human rights committees of the provincial assemblies.

He said under stabilization programme, Danish is providing support for capacity building of border control.  Exchange programmes are also underway with National Defence University and FATA Research Centre.

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