Denmark was very well represented at this weekend’s Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019, which was a huge succes.
“My visit to India and my meeting with Prime Minister Modi marks a considerable strenghtening of Denmark’s relations to India. Prime Minister Modi and I last met in Stockholm in April 2018 in connection to a Nordic-Indian summit. India is the world’s largest democracy and a fast growing economic superpower and represents a huge market for Danish companies too. This visit is a unique opportunity to promote the interests of Danish business in India.
These were the words of Danish Prime Minsiter Lars Løkke Rasmussen ahead of his visit to Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019, where he was leading a larger Danish business delegation, also attended by Danish Minister for Environment and Food, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen.
IDCC participated in the delegation and witnessed first hand how Lars Løkke Rasmussen indeed did promote Danish business interests as well as taking the Indian-Danish relationship to a new level.
The opening ceremony.
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Minister for Environment and Food, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen were both positioned in close promitity of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking to the attention that Denmark receieved as a partner country.
Also present on the high table was CEO of AP Moller-Maersk, Søren Skou, who was invited to give one of the first speeches at the opening ceremony.
Søren Skou applauded India for improving the ease of doing business and noted how India is a key market for Maersk’s global business.
The Danish country seminar
Following the opening ceremony, Denmark was invited to conduct a country seminar. The seminar focused on how to utilize the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to propel commercial results.
Several companies presented their work with the SDGs, including IDCC members AVK, Grundfos, Danfoss and Ramboll. From India’s side, companies such as Savvy Group, Amul and Abellon CleanEnergy presented.
The keynote speaker was CEO of India’s government run think tank, NITI Aayog, Mr. Amitabh Kant, the lead architect behind the Make in India campaign. NITI Aayog is also the coordinating body for India’s implementation of the SDGs
Mr. Kant mentioned how urbanization is one of India’s most urgent challenges. Urbanization in India is happening at a speed largely unseen , where every second, 7 Indians move from rural settings to the cities.
The seminar also featured a panel debate on how to secure sustainable development in India.
Some of the Danish solutions that help India reach a sustainable development include Danfoss’ work on energi efficiency, Grundfos’ work to secure clean drinking water, Novo Nordisks work on reducing mortality rate for type-1 diabetes and Bluetown’s solutions to securing internet access in rural areas.
Signing of MoUs
The Vibrant Gujarat Summit also witnessed concrete new business opportunities.
Prime Minister Lars Løkkke Rasmussen witnessed the signing of five Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) between Danish and Indian companies.
During the entire Summit, Denmark was allocated a spot at the Exhibition Hall. State of Green, Denmarks nodal body for partnerships that enable the global green transition, was in charge of the Danish Exhibition that showcased Denmark’s innovative solutions.
The exhibition was very well visited throughout the weekend
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