Islamabad—Danish ambassador Ole Thonke on Thursday said that Danish and Pakistani companies could forge partnerships in variety of sectors to benefit from each other’s competences. “Danish government was facilitating support to Pakistan not only for Energy production but also for policy reforms, safety enhancements and load and grid management through private sector engagement” he said while addressing a seminar titled Efficient Power Generation here ‘solutions for the Energy Sector in Pakistan.
The seminar was organized to highlight potential solutions for the Energy Sector in Pakistan, by the Royal Danish Embassy, in collaboration with the global industry leader, Ramboll A/S Denmark. The Pakistani government aims to end the energy crisis and load shedding by 2018, with their five-year energy plan and Government of Denmark is actively supporting the Government of Pakistan in achieving that goal. Pakistan has a young and vibrant population of around 190 million, and it is expected to be the world’s fourth largest by 2025. The demand for energy is significantly higher than the production in Pakistan and the country is currently facing an Energy Crisis, with an estimated 7.5 Giga watt shortage. It is estimated that the country loses up to 3 per cent of its GDP per annum because of power shortages.
While addressing the participants of the seminar Assar Qureshi, Commercial Counsellor at the Royal Danish Embassy, added that “Denmark is eager to further strengthen and enhance bilateral trade ties with Pakistan as the current level of bilateral trade, though steadily increasing, has much more potential to grow”. He appreciated the visit of the Ramboll delegation together with their local partners E´lan, led by Muhammad Ziauddin, by adding that it will help in developing and diversifying the energy sector in Pakistan.
Mogens Skov, Ramboll’s Global Division Director further added that “With many decades of experience with planning, design and implementation of sustainable, efficient, and reliable energy solutions worldwide, Ramboll is in a great position to present a full spectrum of technologies and comprehensive solutions for the Pakistani market, particularly in the energy sector.” The Embassy of Denmark has further delegations planned to Pakistan in the areas of water technology and agribusiness. It is pertinent to note here that Ramboll is a leading engineering, design and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945. They employ 13,000 experts and have a strong presence in the Nordics, North America, the UK, Continental Europe, Middle East and India, supplemented by a significant representation in Asia, Australia, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Ramboll A/S Denmark is operating in Pakistan through their local partners “Elan Partners” and is modestly positioned to service the Energy Sector with customized solutions.