Dan­ish team in Pak­istan to iden­tify new ar­eas of eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Dan­ish Gov­ern­ment has sent a team to Pak­istan to iden­tify new ar­eas for fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion within peace and sta­bil­i­sa­tion in Pak­istan and in the re­gion.

The ini­tia­tive is part of the Peace and Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Fund of the Dan­ish Gov­ern­ment. The fund is a cross-gov­ern­ment fund­ing pool to support peace, sta­bil­i­sa­tion and con­flict preven­tion ini­tia­tives.

The de­fence at­taché at the Em­bassy of Den­mark, Colonel Thor Hil­ton, said about the visit: "Ef­fec­tive sta­bil­i­sa­tion re­quires many tools and com­mit­ment from dif­fer­ent ac­tors and it is not a quick fit. We need to use all in­stru­ments we have in the tool box - from po­lit­i­cal, diplo­matic, se­cu­rity, to de­vel­op­ment and hu­man­i­tar­ian. A key ob­jec­tive of cre­at­ing the peace and sta­bi­liza­tion fund has been to pro­mote col­lab­o­ra­tion of all rel­e­vant tools in achiev­ing peace and sta­bil­i­sa­tion."

To­gether with the Dan­ish Em­bassy, the team will iden­tify and de­sign ac­tiv­i­ties to be part of the next phase of the sta­bil­i­sa­tion pro­gram, which will run in 2016-2017. Since 2012, Pak­istan has been part of Den­mark's Peace and Sta­bi­liza­tion Fund, which departs from a re­gional per­spec­tive. Ac­tiv­i­ties are pri­mar­ily im­ple­mented in Pak­istan and Afghanistan.

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Cen­ter for Re­search & Se­cu­rity Stud­ies, Mr. Imtiaz Gul, met the team in Is­lam­abad. He said, "It is good to hear that the Dan­ish gov­ern­ment is now fo­cus­ing on medium to long term ed­u­ca­tional and de­vel­op­men­tal en­gage­ments in Pak­istan as it de­serves con­tin­ued support from friendly coun­tries par­tic­u­larly in ar­eas of rights, aware­ness, con­sti­tu­tional lit­er­acy and the rule of law".

As part of the cur­rent pro­gram, Den­mark has sup­ported a counter-IED project and UNODC's law en­force­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in counter-nar­cotics and bor­der man­age­ment. In Novem­ber 2014, Den­mark also launched a "women's lead­er­ship and so­cial re­con­struc­tion" pro­gram, which is now be­ing im­ple­mented by UN Women.

The coun­sel­lor of

the de­velop- ment depart­ment at the Dan­ish Em­bassy, Mrs. Dar­ri­ann Riber, stressed that the pro­gram is one el­e­ment in Den­mark's multi-faceted support to Pak­istan. "Den­mark wants to support the peo­ple of Pak­istan in its quest for sta­bil­ity and pros­per­ity. At the same time such co­op­er­a­tion helps build closer peo­ple- to- peo­ple ties be­tween our two coun­tries".

Mrs. Riber also stressed that gen­der is a cross-cut­ting fea­ture in all of Den­mark's ac­tiv­i­ties around the world: "By in­te­grat­ing gen­der con­cerns in the main­stream plan­ning of peace, se­cu­rity and hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­tions, we do we not only pro­mote women lead­er­ship and par­tic­i­pa­tion - we also help build stronger com­mu­ni­ties.

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