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Denmark and Korea to collaborate under a joint Action Plan following successful visit by the Danish Prime Minister

27.10.2016  06:46
Following the Danish Prime Minister’s visit to the Blue House on 25 October, the two leaders announced the adoption of a comprehensive joint Action Plan.

Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen made the first official visit to Korea in 25 years by a Danish Prime Minister on 23-26 October, 2016. He was accompanied by 25 top Danish business leaders, organisations, universities and the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen.

His visit to the Blue House resulted in a joint Action Plan for 2016-2019 and a joint Statement where the two countries agreed to strengthen the existing strategic partnership and Green Growth Alliance, covering political, economic, trade, social, and cultural cooperation. The visit ended in a signing ceremony where the joint Action Plan was signed by Ambassador Thomas Lehmann and the Korean Foreign Minister Byung-se Yun. Memorandums of Understanding(MoUs) were also signed respectively between the Danish Ministry of Business and Growth and the Korean Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy; and the Danish Medicines Agency and the Korean Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service.

The Prime Minister’s visit to Korea also included events such as a visit to a Danish-inspired efterskole and Yonsei University, and the Korean War Memorial. One of the highlights of the visit was the unveiling of The Little Mermaid statue in the Yeouido Hangang Park. Marking the strong ties between our two countries, the statue was part of a cultural exchange agreement between Copenhagen City and the Seoul Metropolitan Government where Korea received a replica of the Little Mermaid statue and Copenhagen a replica of the Gwanghwamun gate. The Prime Minister also used the occasion to promote 2019 as a joint Korean-Danish year of culture and tourism.

Furthermore, the Prime Minister attended the 6th meeting of the Korean-Danish Green Growth Alliance with Korean Prime Minister Kyo-ahn Hwang, where 10 MoUs concerning energy, research, business, and fire safety were signed.

Read the full text of the joint Action Plan and joint Statement.

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