Denmark sees Malaysia as an important partner


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 07 Apr 2004

BY PAUL GABRIEL

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Government’s emphasis on the environment has inspired Danish Ambassador Borge Petersen to double his country’s long-standing environmental programme here. 

“We are very happy to note that our environmental programme has been well implemented here,” he said in an interview.  

“We have carried out more than 100 environment projects throughout the country successfully and the results are there,” he added. 

Malaysia receives about RM30mil annually from Denmark under a 10-year Environmental Co-operation Programme, with environmental planning and strategy, renewable energy and energy efficiency, hazardous substances, biodiversity and solid wastes being the current focus areas. 

NEW ENVOY: Petersen (right) and his wife Jytte talking to Tan Sri B. Bek Nielsen, president of the Malaysia-Denmark Business Council, at the reception Petersen hosted at the Danish Embassy in Kuala Lumpur recently.

The programme is aimed at enhancing environmental awareness and diversifying environmental management responsibilities. 

Petersen said it was heartening to note the emphasis that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was placing on environment.  

“We owe it to each other and to our people to provide environmental safeguards for future generations. Denmark views Malaysia as an important partner in this aspect,” he said in welcoming the newly created Natural Resources and Environment Ministry. 

On his posting here in February, Petersen said he had been wanting to be here for the last four years, and made his intentions known to his Foreign Ministry.  

“Now that I’m finally here, I am going to see to it that our co-operation in the commercial and economic sectors, besides the environmental programme, is stepped up. 

“There are about 70 Danish companies based here. So my emphasis will be on environment and trade matters,” added Petersen.  

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