Denmark to participate in China International Import Expo

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A delegation of Danish companies will attend the upcoming China International Import Expo (CIIE), being held in Shanghai on Nov. 5-10. The delegation, being led by the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tørnæs, will be highlighting Denmark's status as a leading nation in the areas of sustainability and food safety:

"The Danish presence at CIIE testifies to the strong commitment of many Danish companies in China, and the importance of the Chinese market for Danish exports and the internationalization of Danish companies," the minister stressed.

The theme for Denmark's National Pavilion is 'Sustainability', emphasizing areas where Danish companies hold a strong position.

"Denmark has taken the lead when it comes to solutions and technologies that can ensure a sustainable future, and Danish enterprises have tangible and innovative solutions to the challenges Chinese society is facing," Tørnæs said.

As such, the companies representing Denmark at the CIIE are pioneers in the areas of green energy, environment and food, offering world-class solutions that are in high demand in China, such as development of efficient green technologies, high quality food products and innovative ideas for advancing the livable city concept.

Denmark has long held a strong position in food safety and sustainable agriculture. For the CIIE, the Danish Food Exhibition under the title of 'Food Nation' will showcase the expertise of companies in maintaining high quality in processed food products.

"In Denmark, we have high confidence in our food products because our companies are committed to delivering safe, high-quality products to our own and foreign consumers," the minister said. 

"Denmark also has an effective control system, which is established in close cooperation between the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the Danish food industry," she added.

Ahead of her trip to Shanghai, Tørnæs is staying in Beijing Nov. 1-3 to meet her Chinese counterparts.

She will renew a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese State Council Leading Group Office on Poverty Alleviation and Development, first signed in 2014, highlighting the shared objectives of the two countries in reaching the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

The minister and the Chinese officials she is meeting expect to address a number of development priorities of key importance to reaching the SDGs, including youth development, gender equality and the strong prospects for development cooperation and sustainable green growth in Africa.

"The SDGs reflect new global challenges and opportunities. To achieve the global goals, partnerships are imperative. That is why I look forward to discussing joint efforts and exchanging lessons learned on working towards the realization of the 2030 agenda with my Chinese counterparts," Tørnæs said.

This year, Denmark and China are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Strategic Comprehensive Partnership. In fact, Denmark is among the very few European, and the only Nordic country having a comprehensive partnership with China.

The first decade of this partnership has resulted in a large number of projects and collaboration between government organizations and Chinese and Danish businesses in the areas of energy and environment, health and food.

In 2020, Denmark and China will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties.

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