Monday, 18 December 2017
Danish queen’s state visit to boost trade relations

Danish queen’s state visit to boost trade relations

By John Elliot HAGAN, Accra
The queen of Denmark, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, will be on a three-day visit to Ghana from November 23 to 25, 2017, with the aim to strengthen the ties between Ghana and Denmark and also promote trade among the two nations.

The state visit, which is in response to an invitation by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, marks a crucial time when the relationship between Ghana and Denmark is changing as Ghana has seen substantial economic growth, moving them into the lower middle-income countries.

The visit will also include seminars and meetings under the theme ‘Ghana – An Emerging Market within Reach’, which will focus on food and agriculture, sustainability, and maritime, infrastructure and railways.

The Danish queen is expected to attend the opening of the conference and pay visits to several local business and cultural institutions.
At a press briefing organised by the Embassy of Denmark in Ghana, Tove Degnbol, the ambassador stated how excited they are to receive the royal family and enrich both countries’ trade partnerships.
She said the queen’s visit will help consolidate the longstanding and well-established relationship between Ghana and Denmark, adding that it will also mark the gradual transitioning of the relationship with Ghana from aid to trade.
Degnbol also indicated that "DANIDA' had become a brand name in Ghana, associated with a good and predictable partnership.
She said when looking at the amazing progress Ghana had made during the past 25 years, Denmark was proud to have shared the journey with her Ghanaian partners.
“Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, a lover of archaeology and creative arts, will visit interesting historical sites in Ghana while in the country.
“The queen is interested in history. She is more concerned about knowing the history of places and things around those places. She always says if she wasn’t a queen, she could have been an archaeologist.

She is also interested in creative arts. She will like to see the finest aspect of Ghanaian handicraft works, kente weaving, basket weaving and textiles,” she noted.
A business delegation of 39 Danish companies within three sectors – food and agriculture, sustainability and maritime, infrastructure and railways – will be participating in the queen’s first visit to West Africa.

These companies will strengthen the relationship of both countries from a partnership based on development co-operation to a political and trade-based partnership.

The Chief Executive Officer of Stratcomm Ghana, Esther Cobbah, at the briefing, urged Ghanaians to be at their hospitable best in making her stay a good one.

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