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Denmark vows strengthening ties with Islamabad: Ambassador.

ISLAMABAD -- Denmark has expressed its keen interest in extending agriculture ties with Islamabad, following which a delegation comprising Danish agriculture experts have reached Pakistan to conduct a study and to highlight various fields in agriculture where the cooperation between the two countries could be extended.

During an exclusive interview with reporter News, Jesper Moller Sorensen, the Danish envoy to Pakistan said that various Danish companies are taking keen interest in Pakistan's energy, economy and agriculture sectors, following which they are tying up their shoe to visit Pakistan.

Making more details public, Danish envoy stated that the officials from a Danish company DNP are on their visit to Pakistan, and their products have received very positive feedback from Pakistani public.

Jesper Moller Sorensen highlighted that he enjoys personal interests in strengthening the business ties between the two countries, following which his focus is to identify here the main areas where joint venture, business or investment may turn reality for the Danish companies, investors and businessmen.

Danish envoy was of the view that Sorensen said that there are vast opportunities of investment by Danish companies in Pakistan and he is personally informing Danish companies about the scope of investment in the sectors of recyclable energy, public health, agriculture and dairy sectors.

He said that purpose of promotion of trade and investment in Pakistan is provision of better opportunities to the Pakistani people, increase in productive capacity resulting in poverty alleviation.

"Denmark has thousands of companies involved in the agriculture, farming, and dairy industry. But where should we focus - on seeds, dairy products, cows, milk, or equipment? I see lots of opportunities, but we need to have a better understanding ourselves. Now we have a team coming to Pakistan that will help us identify exactly which areas are most relevant," Sorensen added.

Elaborating further Jesper Moller Sorensen maintained that a team comprising Danish agriculture experts have reached Pakistan on a one-week visit, during which they would conduct a study after reviewing Pakistani agriculture sector.

He observed that the particular agricultural delegation will conduct a "deep study" to examine the exact opportunities for more Danish-Pakistani collaboration. It will also be looking at areas for institutional cooperation.

To a question Danish ambassador told that "Over six days, they will visit farms, and meet with companies, research institutions, and government officials in different places in Pakistan," which would help crystallize new business opportunities

Elaborating further, Sorensen informed that after the study the Danish experts would highlight various areas in Pakistani agriculture, where the Danish companies may invest or find some business opportunities.

To energy crises in Pakistan, the Danish Ambassador to Pakistan told News that solar tube wells could prove a good option for the improvement in agriculture in areas without electricity or that are far-flung.

Sorensen was confident that he could bring a Danish business delegation within energy and energy efficiency to Pakistan before the end of the year.

"I sense a simmering of interest among relevant Danish companies. Within the next months, two conferences on Pakistan as a commercial market are scheduled to take place in Copenhagen that would be organised by Danish Chamber of Commerce, " said the envoy.

Danish ambassador mentioned that during these conferences the large number of Pakistani community, businessmen and Pakistani community in Denmark would also participate in these conferences, adding that "He would fly back to Denmark to attend these conferences as well."

To granting of GSP Plus status to Pakistan, Jesper Moller Sorensen told that the decision of European Union would result in increase in Pakistan's textile export and greater business opportunities which would result in stability of national economy.

He said that prominent Danish company BW Volund, specializing in biomass and waste-to-energy, has visited Karachi and met representatives of seven Pakistani companies to discuss specific projects.

The Danish ambassador to Pakistan expressed his desire to strengthen the economic, trade and business ties with Pakistan adding that various Danish companies are interested in Pakistan's economy, energy, agriculture, trade, multi-media screen, defence, solar power, wind energy, recyclable energy, bio-mass and waste-to-energy sectors.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Apr 8, 2014
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