Tripoli: April 2
A high-powered Danish Trade delegation of around 70 business executives arrives in Tripoli on April 29 on a four . . .[restrict]day mission.
The trip comes after the February visit by Denmark’s Foreign Minister, Villy Søvndal who announced at the time that he was backing an EU-Libya free trade agreement.
The Danish companies will be looking for business opportunities in energy and water supply and oil and gas; infrastructure, construction, security and defence; medical and health and agriculture, food and non-food.
Denmark is proud of the role its six F-16 fighters played in the NATO air operations against Qaddafi’s forces. It also contributed generously towards humanitarian assistance. It helped first with the evacuation of around a million people into Egypt and Tunisia during thee fighting. Since the establishment of a free Libya, it has focused its efforts on assisting the 200,000 internally displaced people in the country.
It has also helped with counselling traumatised youngsters in Benghazi and food distribution in the Nafusa Mountains. Perhaps one of the most invaluable contributions the Danes are making to the new Libya is in the clearance of mines and other unexploded ordinance left over from the fighting. These included deadly cluster bombs. The perilous effort, mounted by Danish Church Aid has so far cost the life of one of the charities de-miners and maiming injuries to two others (see Marcus Rheinlander’s March 11 Libya Herald article).
Libyan private and public sector executive wanting to see the delegation’s detailed programme and register for any of the events should contact Naser Mohammed Eltarhoni at the Danish Representation in Libya. Telephone: +218 (0) 914689697. [/restrict]