Bangladesh and Denmark have agreed to continue working together in the areas of mutual interest including green growth, climate change, development and trade & investments. The countries also decided to cooperate with each other to counter the global threats of terrorism and violent extremism.
This was agreed at a meeting between the Foreign Ministers of the two nations, A. H. Mahmood Ali and Kristian Jensen, on 05 September 2016 in Copenhagen.
The two ministers commended the long standing friendly relationship between Bangladesh and Denmark which started immediately after Bangladesh’s independence. This relationship has further been strengthened recently through the signings of a three-year Strategic Sector Cooperation and five-year Development Cooperation between the two countries. The Strategic Sector Cooperation focuses on improving the occupational safety and health standards in Bangladesh, especially in the readymade garments sector. The development cooperation is designed to address Bangladesh’s development needs in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and its national 7th Five-Year Plan.
Minister Ali visited Danish companies and met with business leaders to exchange views on how to consolidate the existing partnerships and generate new ideas to increase bilateral trade & investment. The Danish minister encouraged Bangladesh to benefit from Danish experience and expertise to accelerate progress including green growth and green energy. The Bangladeshi minister emphasized the need for developing a mutually agreed framework on partnership for 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Both ministers agreed to explore new avenues to improve commercial relations and further encourage public private partnerships. The two Ministers agreed to establish a formal mechanism of regular dialogue between the two countries and accordingly, hold the first Foreign Office Consultations in Copenhagen. They also discussed other key issues of mutual concern including migration, security and human rights.
Commenting on the outcome of his visit to Denmark, Bangladesh Foreign Minister said:"In line with the global transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and taking into account the need for departure from “business as usual”, we need to revitalize our bilateral cooperation through development of s broad-based strategic partnership for 2030 agenda for sustainable development. In that pursuit we want to learn from the Danish experiences and expertise in building public private partnerships, particularly in green growth."
Mr. Ali visited Denmark on 46 September as part of his tour to the Nordic countries.