Danish Ambassador vows to strengthen trade ties with Pakistan

Faisal Khawer Butt

The Ambassador of Denmark to Islamabad Mr. Jakob Linulf Wednesday said that Denmark was one of the countries of Europe who had recognized Pakistan soon after its emergence and since then both the countries were enjoying quite warm and cordial bilateral diplomatic ties.

While addressing the local industrialists and exporters at the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Mr. Jakob Linulf also said that both the countries had been enjoying business relations for over fifty years but there was ample room for the further enhancement.

He said that helping create a business friendly environment between Denmark and Pakistan was among his top most priorities and he also assured that he would help support Pakistani businessmen in searching new partners for them in Denmark. Mr. Jakob Linulf also said that Denmark and Pakistan could jointly work in order to enhance the capacity of the dairy sector of Pakistan.

Mr. Jakob Linulf opined that Denmark and Pakistan were quite different from one another but they had many common traits, like, strong family traditions, love for good food, practicing of the agriculture and good sense of the business.

Mr. Jakob Linulf said that Pakistan was a beautiful and culturally diverse country and quite contrary to the propaganda he had found Pakistan as a peaceful place and its people quite honest, caring and loving.

Mr. Jakob Linulf said that after experiencing the devastating floods of September 2022, Pakistan must immediately brace itself to handle the pressing issues linked to climate change. He appreciated the response of the Government of Pakistan in leading the recent Eco-summit held in Egypt to effectively present its case before the world community.

Earlier, the president SCCI Malik Abdul Ghafoor said that Denmark was a major and quite beneficial friend of Pakistan in the European Union.

He said that the current volume of bilateral trade between both the countries was about US $ 344 million annually which was far lesser than their actual potential. He suggested that active interaction of the private sectors of both friendly countries, holding of single country exhibitions in both countries and collaboration through the chambers of commerce of both could play a major and instrumental role to promote bilateral trade.

He also highlighted the salient features of a number of the projects of business and social sector development and promotion undertaken by the SCCI.

The SCCI senior vice president Wahab Jahangir, vice president Amir Majeed Sheikh and general Khawar Anwar Khawaja, Dr Khurram Khawaja, and many others were also present on the occasion.