June 5th marks Denmark’s 171st Constitution Day. The Danish Constitution Day is a day where Denmark celebrates democracy, freedom of speech, human rights and personal freedom. The Embassy of Denmark usually celebrates the day with our partners from the public and private sector, research institutions, civil society organisations, the cultural scene, and the Danish community in Ghana. Unfortunately, this will not be possible this year due to the pandemic.
With Ghana’s impressive economic growth and in line with the Government of Ghana’s vision to move Ghana beyond aid, the Embassy of Denmark is currently moving from a focus on development cooperation to increasing our trade and investment collaboration. In our transition ‘from aid to trade’, we focus on sectors where we can match demand in Ghana with Danish strongholds. As an example, within the food and agriculture sector, the Embassy is generating interest among Danish companies to meet the challenge of post-harvest food loss by facilitating partnerships between Danish and Ghanaian companies and applying cold chain solutions.
The current Covid-19 pandemic has shed light on the importance of the water sector. This is a very strong focus for the Embassy with Danish companies playing a key role. In addition to the commercial collaboration in the sector, we have also launched a ‘strategic sector cooperation’ to facilitate peer-to-peer technical collaboration between public authorities in Ghana and Denmark. As part of this, the Tema Metropolitan Assembly and Ghana Water Company is collaborating with the City of Aarhus (the second largest city in Denmark) and Aarhus Water on projects to reduce water loss and improve waste-water management.
We are pleased to see Danish companies taking the lead and contributing to alleviate the negative effects of the pandemic on the Ghanaian society. To mention a few examples, the Danish tech company Bluetown is working with UNDP to give Ghanaians in rural parts of the country access to free educational videos on Covid-19 via their cloud solutions. Furthermore, Grundfos, a leading Danish water technology company, is working with local authorities to improve the responsiveness to the pandemic within sanitation and access to clean drinking water, hereby also contributing to the government’s ‘Water for all’ agenda. The significant Danish investments through APMT in the expanded state-of-the-art port in Tema is helping to ensure well-stocked shelves in the super markets and food supply to all parts of the country.
We commend his Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his leadership and the government for its determined and proactive way of handling the crisis. We believe that strengthened international trade and collaboration between Ghana and other international partners, including Denmark, will help our countries to overcome the negative impact of the current pandemic. In addition, we are confident that the Ghanaian-Danish friendship will continue to grow stronger in the years to come.
Long live Ghana! Long live Denmark! Long live the friendship between Ghana and Denmark!
Happy Danish Constitution Day!
Source: Business 24