EAM co-chairs 4th round of Indo-Danish Joint Commission Meeting

External affairs minister (EAM), S. Jaishankar, co-chaired the 4th round of ‘Indo-Danish Joint Commission Meeting (JCM)’ with this Danish counterpart Jeppe Kofod in Copenhagen on September 5, 2021.

Highlights

  • During the meeting, EAM noted that, Denmark is India’s very unique partner for its efforts to grow back greener, rather than build back better.
  • It is helpful for countries like India at the current stage of development because of central European nation’s strengths, experiences and best practices.
  • Denmark is the only country with which India has established a green strategic partnership.
  • Both the countries also went through the Joint Commission which had devised a joint action plan for the next five years.

Background

EAM is in Denmark on the last phase of his visit to three European nations viz., Slovenia, Croatia and Denmark. This visit was planned with the aim of boosting bilateral ties and further strengthen India’s cooperation with the European Union (EU). It was his first visit to Denmark and the first by any Indian foreign Minister in 20 years.

India-Denmark Trade relations

In order to enhance bilateral trade relation, EAM met five chief executive officers of important businesses, who have businesses in India. These companies include Grundfos, Vestss, Maersk, Haldor, Topsoe and CIP besides major chambers concerned with business like DIDE, Danish shipping and Agriculture & Food Council. 200 Danish companies are operating in India.

India-Denmark relations

Friendly relations between India and Denmark were established after India’s Independence in 1947. Indian prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru visited to Denmark in 1957 to laid the foundation for the relationship. However, in July 2012, Indian government decided to scale down its diplomatic ties with Denmark after it refused to appeal in their Supreme Court against a decision of rejecting extradition of prime accuse of Purulia arms drop case, Kim Davy.

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