Danish-Pak collaboration to support regional peace, growth, empowerment

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—The Royal Danish Defence College (RDDC) in collaboration with the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) are holding a two day international seminar on “Peace, Growth, and Empowerment: Promoting Regional Connectivity” starting from November 30 till December 1, 2016. The opening session was inaugurated today by the Ambassador of Denmark, H.E. Mr. Ole Thonke, Engineer Muhammad Asghar, Rector NUST and General Ehsan Ul Haq (R), Former CJCSC. The two-day seminar will consist of two grand sessions, two plenary sessions, and five roundtables on pertinent issues related to regional peace and growth.
In his opening remarks, Ambassador Thonke stated that the conference plugged into the particular focus of mutual trust building between Pakistan, Afghanistan and beyond “This conference has been designed in order to focus on research carried out by subject matter experts. By sharing this research, we aim to create a dynamic environment that allows interventions between experts, who can promote and share ideas that can be explored by others”, said the Ambassador.
The seminar is supported by the Danish Regional Peace and Stabilization Program, funded by the Government of Denmark. Concluding his speech, the Ambassador spoke about Denmark’s role in promoting peace and stability in the region. He said that he saw the role of Denmark and especially the Danish delegation, who are also participating in the conference, as a contributing facilitator. “We are supporting regional connectivity by providing this platform as well as inputs to innovations, but the solutions must be borne from within the region in order to be sustainable”, concluded Ambassador Thonke.
The Ambassador further added that Europe’s internal market with free flow of goods, labour and capital has been a significant contribution to the high level of GDP pr. capita in Denmark. Therefore, regional integration and connectivity is a win-win for all involved countries and crucial to achieve growth.
The sessions and roundtables will highlight different aspects of regional connectivity, cooperation, and integration. Discussions and deliberations will take place on diverse but related topics like international humanitarian law, peacebuilding, regional development, participatory development, regional stability, counterterrorism, border management, economic and commercial cooperation, business-to-business relations, social entrepreneurship, inclusive innovation, and cultural diffusion.
High-level functionaries, experts, academics, scholars, and researchers from Denmark, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka are attending the seminar. Distinguished speakers will include former Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General (R) Ehsan Ul Haq, former Sri Lankan Chief of Army Staff General (R) Daya Ratnayake, Rector NUST Lieutenant General (R) Naweed Zaman, former Governor of Balochistan & KPK Mr. Owais Ghani, former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Mr. Riaz Khokhar, Danish Ambassador to Pakistan H.E. Ole Thonke, Afghan Member of Parliament Mr. Mirwais Yasini, Mr. Syed Mahdi Munadi from Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and others distinguished experts.

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