September 28, 2020
India & Denmark have elevated their bilateral relations to a Green Strategic Partnership.
India-Denmark bilateral trade value stands at US$ 1.4 bn for the FY 2019-20.
This Green Strategic partnership envisages cooperation in the political, economic, and commercial fields.
Sectors to benefit include education, RE, Agriculture & Animal husbandry, Food Processing, STI, Shipping etc.
A move that will help two countries in their expansion of economic relations, attaining their green goals, and strengthen cooperation aims to address the plethora of global challenges with a focus on the implementation of the climate change goals. Prime Minister Modi of India and PM Mette Frederikson of Denmark, have agreed to cooperate and together combat COVID19 and any future pandemics, including the development of their respective vaccine.
The foundation for a bilateral relationship between India and Denmark was laid in 1957, characterised as cordial and friendly, based on synergies in political, economic, academic and research fields. Recently, India has for the first time elevated the status of this bilateral relationship to a Green Strategic Partnership with a desire to enhance cooperation in the specific areas of water supply, water distribution, wastewater management, water management and energy optimisation in the water sector.
The Green Strategic Partnership is a mutually beneficial arrangement to advance political cooperation, expand economic relations and green growth, create jobs and strengthen cooperation on addressing global challenges and opportunities with a focus on ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
It envisaged cooperation within the political field, economic and commercial field, education, and culture, RE, Urban development, Environment, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Food Processing, Science, Technology and Innovation, Shipping, Labour Mobility and Digitalisation.
During this virtual meeting, PM Modi proposed setting up of India-Denmark green energy park in areas where there are large numbers of Danish companies. He also proposed setting up of India Denmark Skill Institute so that the Danish companies will be able to get skilled manpower as per their requirement. The heads of states discussed various aspects of the economic growth and development of the two nations. The discussions included the following:
India and Denmark believe that this Green Strategic Partnership has amplified the already existing cordial and cooperative relations between them. It will be a beacon to help face global challenges together and strengthen cooperation with a focus on the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Further goals and actions will be identified and outlined in an Action Plan that shall be worked out and endorsed imminently.