Intergovernmental Russian-Danish Economic Cooperation Council holds 11th session
The Russian delegation was headed by Russian Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov, while the Danish delegation was led by Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Anders Samuelsen.
Sokolov noted that he held a constructive discussion with his Danish colleagues on a wide range of issues concerning bilateral cooperation, including transport, agribusiness, the energy sector, energy efficiency, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals. The council was able to identify certain issues on the bilateral agenda that require special attention from both sides, he said.
Sokolov stated that both Danish and Russian participants in foreign economic activities have an interest in mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation. He stressed the fact that no Danish company has announced plans to leave the Russian market during the period of instability in the global economy.
Cooperation is actively developing in the regions of the Russian Federation, he said. In particular, Danish companies are implementing several major projects in the Ulyanovsk Region. The Far East region is a promising area for further strengthening bilateral cooperation.
A landmark event was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Russian and Danish Ministries of Health, which the sides worked on for years. This document not only aims to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, but to also contribute to improvement in the overall health of the Russian and Danish people.
Sokolov expressed the hope that these joint efforts would help take Russian-Danish cooperation to a fundamentally new level that meets the interests of the two countries.
Sokolov invited Samuelsen to attend the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi on 15–16 February. The Forum focuses on the Russian agenda and its main theme is ‘Forming an Image of the Future.’ The key event will be the plenary session ‘Investments in the Regions – Investments in the Future.’ During the business programme sessions, participants will discuss improvements in the public administration system, ways to stimulate regional entrepreneurship as well as issues related to public health, the environment, digital education, and innovative urban development. Sokolov also invited the Danish delegation to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on 24–26 May. The SPIEF is one of the key global economic discussion formats held under the patronage of the President of the Russian Federation. The event is traditionally attended by the heads of foreign states and governments, prominent public figures, heads of international organizations, major companies, leading world experts and analysts as well as representatives of the media community. Sokolov said the forum provides a unique opportunity for a direct, open, and unbiased exchange of views between representatives of government, business, and the expert community on pressing issues of the international and Russian agenda.