Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Denmark May 3-4. During the official visit, which is hosted by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II received the minister in audience followed by an official dinner hosted by HM the Queen.
In connection with the official visit, our CEO Niels Aage Kjær and representatives from other leading Danish companies met with PM Narendra Modi at Marienborg, the residence of the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen. At the meeting at Marienborg, Niels Aage Kjær exchanged a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Mr. Sarbajit Dep from Larsen & Toubro (L&T), an Indian multinational company engaged in EPC projects.
"The purpose of the agreement is to strengthen the partnership for projects and opportunities specifically within water and wastewater projects in India as well as globally" - Niels Aage Kjær
The purpose of the Prime Minister's visit is to strengthen the cooperation between Denmark and India, and to speed up the green transition via strategic partnerships between companies from each country. These strategic partnerships create great opportunities for Danish companies. And India is a big country that relies on Danish companies’ products and solutions within energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water technology.
“Denmark has the skills, India has the scale” - Narendra Modi
Three companies were invited to present concrete agreements of cooperation which will help strengthen the green transition in India. AVK was one of those three companies.
Afterwards, a business meeting took place at the Federation of Danish Industry (DI), where Kjær got the opportunity to exchange a few words with Modi about AVK's current activities in India as well as the solutions Danish companies can offer.
A win-win for Denmark and India
India will soon become the world's most populated country. It is the largest democracy on the planet. The Indian Government has stated that they want to increase the renewable energy capacity with more than 300 gigawatt - this accumulates to as much as 40 times the current Danish capacity. Also, India is facing challenges with - among other areas - drinking water and infrastructure planning. This means good opportunities for bringing the Danish capabilities into play, and will be a huge factor in boosting the local export of Danish products and solutions.
At the end of last year, the Danish Government published an ambitious export strategy for water technology. A long-anticipated move that is expected to double the export (to 40 billion DKK) by 2030. The Danish water industry has long been asking for strengthened cooperation efforts, not only for the benefit of national exporters, but also as part of a desire to support our UN goals; especially in providing proper water supply for more people, and to have more governments see the possibilities in wastewater treatment and utilisation. Learn more about the Export Initiative here.