In­ter­view with Hon­or­able H.E. Mr. uffe Wolffhechel, Am­bas­sador of Den­mark in Pak­istan

Am­bas­sador of Den­mark in Pak­istan

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Small­est of the Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries, Den­mark as an EU mem­ber oc­cu­pies a sig­nif­i­cant po­si­tion for Pak­istan. The coun­try is re­source rich in form of both hav­ing tremen­dous man­power and ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy both which can be prove to be an ex­cel­lent point to con­nect with Pak­istan. Pak­istan and Den­mark en­joy deep rooted diplo­matic and po­lit­i­cal re­la­tions which are based on mu­tual trust and shared ob­jec­tives of peace and har­mony in the world. Pak­istan has been sup­ported by Den­mark in var­i­ous fields. There is a strong Pak­istani Di­as­pora liv­ing in Den­mark, who are act­ing as am­bas­sadors of good will for both coun­tries. In the year 2011, Den­mark pro­vided Pak­istan de­vel­op­ment sup­port in var­i­ous fields in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, health and econ­omy. The Dan­ish In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Agency (DANIDA) launched its Pak­istan Pro­gram in June 2011, and since its in­cep­tion in Pak­istan ini­ti­ated var­i­ous projects ad­dress­ing the var­i­ous sec­tors in Pak­istan. Dur­ing the floods last year, Den­mark, a coun­try of 5.4 mil­lion peo­ple, was among the first donors to show their im­me­di­ate sup­port to Pak­istan, do­nat­ing a to­tal ofUSD22 mil­lion dol­lars as re­lief con­tri­bu­tion. TheDi­plo­mat­icIn­sight ar­ranged an ex­clu­sive sit­ting with H.E. Mr. Uffe Wolffhechel, Am­bas­sador of De­mark to Pak­istan to know more about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Pak­istan and Den­mark in var­i­ous ar­eas and is­sues of bi­lat­eral na­ture. H.E Uffe Wolffhechel is a car­rier diplo­mat and has a back­ground of law and eco­nomics. He has rep­re­sented Den­mark in coun­tries like Venezuela and Bos­nia Herze­gov­ina. He has also spent a few months, dur­ing his ca­reer, as a free­lance jour­nal­ist and ac­quired train­ing for jour­nal­ism as well. With such a rich back­ground H.E Mr. Uf­feWolffhechel is in now in Pak­istan to rep­re­sent Den­mark. We are pro­duc­ing the ex­cerpts of the in­ter­view of him with The Diplo­matic Insight. Q: How you term the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Pak­istan and Den­mark?

Pak­istan and Den­mark are en­joy­ing deep rooted po­lit­i­cal and diplo­matic re­la­tions. There are more than 20,000 Pak­ista­nis liv­ing in Den­mark at the mo­ment and they are work­ing hard to earn good will for both coun­tries. Many of them have in­te­grated very well in the Dan­ish so­ci­ety. Some of them are doc­tors, en­gi­neers, stu­dents or in­vest­ing in lo­cal mar­kets. We have es­pe­cially seen the girls do ex­tremely well even much bet­ter than the av­er­age Dane. Hence they are play­ing a role that has brought the coun­tries closer to each other. There are also many Danes in Pak­istan, who are work­ing for var­i­ous In­ter­na­tional NGOs and are bring­ing their ex­per­tise to Pak­istan to share and ex­plore the pos­si­bil­i­ties of co­op­er­a­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion. Most of re­la­tion­ships are based on eco­nomic sup­port and de­vel­op­ment field. Den­mark is also part of “Friends of Demo­cratic Pak­istan” group to sup­port Pak­istan in its way to­wards pros­per­ity and de­vel­op­ment. Q:Whatarethe­var­i­ousini­tia­tivesthathave­been­taken­over­the years to im­prove the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries? There are var­i­ous initiatives that have been taken over the years to en­hance the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the coun­tries. The Gov­ern­ment of Den­mark has an­nounced an in­crease of Dan­ish de­vel­op­ment as­sis­tance to Pak­istan from USD 8 mil­lion (DKK 40 mil­lion) to USD 28 mil­lion (DKK 140 mil­lion) for the next 2 years. The aim is to con­trib­ute to de­vel­op­ment and sta­bil­ity in Pak­istan. The Gov­ern­ment of Den­mark has also sup­ported Pak­istan through hu­man­i­tar­ian aid. Den­mark gave USD 22

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