Dan­ish Am­bas­sador dis­cusses Den­mark-Myan­mar re­la­tions and a five-year aid plan

Mizzima Business Weekly - - INTERVIEW -

Dan­ish Am­bas­sador to Myan­mar Mr. Peter Lysholt Hansen sat down with Mizzima Editor-in-Chief Soe Myint to dis­cuss a wide range of is­sues in­clud­ing help­ing with pro­grammes to im­prove the func­tion­ing of govern­ment and the le­gal sys­tem, sup­port­ing SMEs, as well as work on coastal fish­eries.

The in­ter­view was car­ried out on Fe­bru­ary 25.

Mizzima: I would like to start with the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Den­mark and Myan­mar which has been in ex­is­tence since 1955. How would you de­scribe this re­la­tion­ship, given that at some point it has not been good?

Dan­ish Am­bas­sador :

We es­tab­lished diplo­matic re­la­tions in 1955 so it is 61 years we are cel­e­brat­ing this year. We have had for a long pe­riod very good re­la­tions over­all. We pro­vided quite a lot of sup­port for Myan­mar’s de­vel­op­ment. Then, of course, a change of the political sys­tem in Myan­mar meant it was very dif­fi­cult for us to work with the govern­ment of Myan­mar. There was an in­ci­dent with our Consul Gen­eral, as you are aware, who was taken to prison, and died in prison.

This is quite a few years ago. Af­ter the open­ing up of Myan­mar in 2011 Den­mark has been strength­en­ing our col­lab­o­ra­tion with Myan­mar. Myan­mar has be­come a pri­or­ity coun­try for Dan­ish de­vel­op­ment as­sis­tance and we opened the em­bassy in 2014.

Dan­ish Am­bas­sador to Myan­mar Mr. Peter Lysholt Hansen. Photo: Hong Sar/Mizzima

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