As most countries in Asia are still amid continuous travel restrictions, hardly any high-level visits from Denmark have been made. The Embassy of Denmark in Kuala Lumpur has therefore taken a trip down memory lane remembering some of the memorable visits from Denmark before the pandemic paralyzed the world.
The Embassy writes: In the midst of continuous travel restrictions and therefore, hardly any high-level visits to Malaysia, we went down memory lane and reminded ourselves not that many years ago……
In 2013, we welcomed HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark who visited Malaysia to speak at the ‘Women Deliver’ International Conference aiming to ensure a more prominent focus on women’s and girl’s health and rights in the global population and development agenda. The Crown Princess also took the opportunity to visit several local charities and took part in events to promote Danish business interests in Malaysia.
A year later, HRH Princess Benedikte, younger sister of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark took part in the board meeting of the Olave Baden Powell Society and even visited HRH Princess Azizah in Pahang.
Not long after HRH Princess Benedikte’s visit, Denmark’s Minister for Food, Agriculture, and Fisheries, Mr. Dan Jorgensen, headed a delegation of 12 leading companies representing a broad section of the Danish state-of-the-art food and agriculture industry to Malaysia. The Minister also attended the opening ceremony of the Malaysian-Danish Trade & Investment Seminar on Food and Agriculture and had bilateral meetings with the then Malaysian Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry and Minister of International Trade and Industry to talk about agricultural cooperation between Denmark and Malaysia.
In 2015, HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) visited Malaysia in connection with the 128th session of the Committee in Kuala Lumpur. In addition, he opened Arla Foods’ new Asia Regional Office and presented the prestigious Danish Export Association’s Diploma and HRH Prince Henrik’s Medal of Honour. The recognition went to Carlsberg Malaysia for their significant investment and contribution towards the people, economy, and society of Malaysia.
And then finally, in 2016, the Danish Minister of Environment & Food, Esben Lunde Larsen, and his business delegation and representatives from the Danish Agriculture & Food Council (L&F) as well as Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) visited Malaysia to explore market opportunities within food, agriculture and fisheries, and the cleantech sector. In addition to bilateral meetings with the Malaysian Minister of Agriculture and the Minister of Urban Wellbeing, the Minister opened a forum on the modernization of poultry farming as well as one on aquaculture and water technologies. Equally importantly, the Minister got to experience rural Malaysia with a visit to an oil palm plantation – of which there are not many in Denmark.