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Danish Minister attends Belt and Road Forum in Beijing

14.06.2017  03:21

On Sunday, 14 of May, Danish Minister for Equal Opportunities and Nordic Cooperation, Ms. Karen Ellemann, attended the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.

The minister represented Denmark as Special Representative of the Danish Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

“I trust that the Belt and Road Initiative will improve connectivity in the region and create even stronger links between Europe and Asia through trade and cooperation. As the representative of the Danish Government, I am happy to contribute positively to enhancing connectivity and supporting the development of sustainable solutions for economic growth in the region. Continued efforts should include a strong focus on transparency, social and environmental standards and ensure a level playing field and market access,” said Danish Minister for Equal Opportunities and Nordic Cooperation Ms. Karen Ellemann.

Minister Ellemann joined the Opening of the Belt and Road Forum, and the Plenary Session of the High-Level Dialogue in the morning, as well as the Session on Infrastructure Connectivity in the afternoon.

In the afternoon session, Minister Ellemann met Nur Bekri, Deputy Director of National Development and Reform Commission and Director of National Energy Administration. The two leaders exchanged views on deepening bilateral cooperation in relevant sectors, and discussed about the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding about renewable energy partnership.

She also met Jin Lijun, President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and expressed willingness of bilateral collaboration in this newly founded financial institution. Denmark officially applied to join the bank in March 2015 and became a founding member in October.

“Denmark, as one of the world’s leading shipping nations, has been engaged in linking the two continents for a century, and we are supporters of increased global connectivity as a key to long term growth,” Minister Ellemann said.

In the China-Denmark Joint Work Programme (2017-2020) endorsed by both Governments earlier this month, the two countries will join hands in areas of green maritime technology, shipbuilding, offshore equipment, green technologies and sustainable development.

The Joint Work Programme aims to provide a clear guideline on fields of cooperation for relevant government ministries from both sides, and will take the bilateral relations to a new high.

Delegates from prominent Danish businesses, including consulting group COWI, shipping conglomerate Maersk and wind turbine manufacturer Vestas, also participated in the Forum.

On Monday, 15 of May, Minister Ellemann met Li Xiaolin, President of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

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