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Joint Working Group to be Set up to Enhance Cooperation Between India and Denmark in Maritime/Shipping Sector

7 January 2011 122 No Comment

Mr. Brian Mikkelsen, Danish Minister for Economy and Business Affairs today called on Shri G.K.Vasan, Minister for Shipping in his office at New Delhi. Both the Ministers discussed various issues pertaining to the ongoing negotiations on India-European Union Agreement on Maritime Sector, Free-Trade Agreement between India and the European Union and cooperation in the field of shipping/maritime sector between India and Denmark. Senior officers from the Ministry of Shipping were also present during the meeting.

The two sides discussed key areas of bilateral cooperation in Shipping/Maritime Sector and decided on exploring possibilities for cooperation between the two countries in the areas of Ship Designing, Maritime Training & Education, Off-shore Wind Energy, GHG Emissions and for addressing challenges facing the shipping industry and investment possibilities. Both the countries stressed the need for taking counter measures against piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia. Shri Vasan informed that his Ministry is in discussion with Ministry of External Affairs/Ministry of Defence to take up a multi pronged approach to deal with the problem of piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia through increased presence of the Navy as also the possibility of presence of a unified force under the command of the UN. Shri Vasan also highlighted the availability of highly trained manpower, as a result of quality maritime education infrastructure available in India, which could be tapped by the Danish maritime sector. Mr. Mikkelsen, while pointing out that the officers from Indi outnumber officers from any country including Denmark, said that Denmark would welcome Indian officers since it is mutually beneficial to both countries.

The discussions ended with both sides agreeing to carry forward the cordial cooperation in the years ahead.

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