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