ISLAMABAD - A top Pakistani business delegation has left here for a week-long visit to Denmark for exploring the possibilities of cooperation with their Danish counterparts in the field of wind and solar energy. Comprising representatives of seven Pakistani companies, they will spend a week in Denmark to “seek new partners and business opportunities,” said a statement of the Danish Embassy here Sunday.

“The companies are engaged in the sectors of renewable energy and energy efficiency. During their stay in Denmark, they will meet prominent Danish companies within areas such as wind energy, water technology and solar energy and participate in site visits that show-case the most relevant Danish technologies.” The programme is being carried out in collaboration with the Confederation of Danish Industries headquartered in Copenhagen. Danish Ambassador Jesper Moller Sorensen has been making efforts to find ways of providing opportunities to businessmen from both the countries for bolstering trade between the two sides.

Commenting on the visit of the delegation Sorensen said “I am excited that we are organizing this match-making trip for Pakistani companies to come to Denmark. The real potential for trade between our two countries is significantly higher than the current trade volume of around $425 million.” Earlier this year, the Danish Government decided to make a new business facility available to Pakistan, Danida Business Instruments, which is part of the Danish development aid.

The commercial counsellor at the Danish Embassy, Assar Qureshi, explains “This facility aims to transfer Danish technology and knowledge to developing countries through commercial activities and partnerships between companies from our two countries. We see this as a great tool to help create closer business ties between our two countries, and thereby creating jobs and growth in Pakistan.” The representatives of the following Pakistani companies included Creative Electronics & Automation, Associated Textile Consultants, Dynamic Engineering & Automation, EMR-Consult, Buksh Energy, Tesla Industries and Hafeez Ghee & General Mills Pvt. Ltd. Ms. Fiza Farhan, Director of Buksh Energy Pvt. Ltd stated “We are excited that we will have the opportunity to meet a range of companies in Denmark. Danish companies are known for their efficient technology and their high-end solutions.”

“We would like to thank the Danish Embassy for this highly productive initiative which will lead to immense technology transfer and business opportunities between the two countries while enabling Pakistan to review the energy eco-system with new technologies. We are very hopeful that our visit to Denmark will help us identify new partners and enhance the technology options and models for us and our clients.  We are very appreciative of the fact that the Danish Embassy has taken this initiative,” said Farhan. Danish ambassador said the addition of a new commercial counsellor to the Danish Embassy Assar Qureshi, reflected an increasing interest from Danish companies who are interested in doing business in Pakistan. Qureshi’s parents emigrated from Pakistan a generation ago. “Mr. Qureshi is a Dane of Pakistani origin, who is extremely well-qualified and brings with him extensive experience from the financial sector as well as central government in Denmark. He adds tremendous value to our work to increase commercial ties,” said Ambassador Sorensen.