Jakarta, 30 March 2011

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Representatives from ASEAN-based Danish companies visited the ASEAN Secretariat yesterday and held an interactive discussion on ASEAN’s various economic agreements.

“ASEAN is moving towards public-private partnership in economic integration and we want to attract the private sector from our Dialogue Partners to invest more in ASEAN,” said the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community, S Pushpanathan, at the opening session.

“ASEAN has different economic agreements for different purposes and this workshop will help you understand how to tap onto them,” he mentioned to the participants that include representatives from Danish Embassies in ASEAN. “We hope the discussion will open up your views about these agreements and how the ASEAN economic integration would benefit your companies.”

Meanwhile, the Ambassador of Denmark to ASEAN, Børge Petersen, expressed Denmark’s wish to continue to be active in investing in ASEAN. Currently, Ambassador Petersen said, there are approximately 500 Danish companies in the region, with about 100,000 employees. The Ambassador was also optimistic that the discussion would give participating Danish companies better understanding of “the options, obligations and opportunities in this fast growing market.”

Supported by the Government of Denmark, the “Fact Finding Workshop to Explore the Rules and Regulations for Cross Border Trade in the ASEAN Region” wrapped up with a networking dinner.

Denmark is a member country of the European Union (EU), which has been an ASEAN Dialogue Partner since 1980. The EU currently stands as ASEAN’s second largest trading partner and the biggest source of investment flows with a share of almost 20% in 2009.