Danish Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation to Visit China

Date: Feb 2014

The Danish Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation Mr. Mogens Jensen will visit Beijing and Chongqing from 24th to 27th of February.

During his trip, he will meet with the Chinese Minister of Commerce, the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development as well as high level authorities in Chongqing.

The relations between Denmark and China in the areas of trade, investment and development cooperation are long-standing and ever developing. The purpose of the Minister’s visit is to promote this development and explore opportunities to further these relations.

Apart from the official meetings in the area of trade and investment, the focus of the ministerial visit will be on promoting Danish companies’ cleantech solutions to China. Thus, the minister will open a China-Denmark Smart Grid R&D seminar in Beijing and the 6th Denmark-Chongqing Water Day in Chongqing, as well as promoting and inspecting Danish investments in China, for example in Chongqing.

The minister will also present the investment opportunities in Denmark to Chinese stakeholders during meetings with possible investors within biomass and cleantech, and during a seminar on investment opportunities in Denmark in Chongqing. Amongst the issues to be explored in the area of development policy during the visit is how to cooperate with China on promoting green, sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“I believe that there are many issues, where Denmark and China could benefit from a closer cooperation in the areas of trade, investment and development cooperation. The relations are already as strong as ever with record-setting bilateral trade figures, excellent prospects for two-way investments and exciting new ways of cooperation in the development policy field,” says Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation, Mogens Jensen.

The combined trade in goods and services between Denmark and China now exceeds 110 billion RMB, which makes China Denmark’s sixth largest trading partner, and the second largest outside the EU. The bilateral trade has doubled during the last five years, and the annual growth rates in Danish export to China in 2009-2013 were between 11 and 17 pct. Around 500 Danish companies are today present in China.

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