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Strategic Sector Cooperation

In January 2015 the Danish Government launched the modality “Strategic Sector Cooperation – Danish Authorities in International Cooperation”. With this modality, Denmark pursues synergies between development cooperation and trade and at the same time strengthens bilateral relations with 14 selected countries that are of strategic importance to Denmark. At the same time we work hand-in-hand with the Danish sector ministries on doing so in order to create a new attractive instrument and strengthen the cooperation of our international efforts across ministries.

The Strategic Sector Cooperation modality aims at meeting the international demand for sharing Danish experiences with establishing a conducive policy, planning and regulatory framework that promotes responsible and sustainable growth, employment and social welfare. The modality also promotes the long-term internationalisation of Danish business and improves the cooperation between Danish ministries in Denmark’s international engagement. Finally the modality aims at strengthening Danish bilateral relations with a number of emerging economies facing important decisions for the moulding of the future societies.

Danish sector ministries enter into 3-5 year cooperation with partner sector ministries on policy development and regulatory issues. Sector Counsellors with strong sector backgrounds are posted to the embassies in the same countries. They facilitate the cooperation between the ministries, but also work to share information and networks with the private sector and attract Danish companies to the countries. The countries are selected from the OECD-DAC list of countries eligible for development cooperation, but they are also selected out of long term strategic interest for Denmark. A final selection is based on a strategic matchmaking between development challenges in the countries and areas where the public and private sector in Denmark has internationally recognised competences: food and agricultures, water, environment, energy, health, education etc. 

The following 14 countries have been selected for the modality: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, India, Iran, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar, South Africa, Turkey and Vietnam.

25 Growth Counsellors have been recruited based on in-depth knowledge and insights into the sector and the significant Danish stakeholders in the public and private sector and are now posted to the Embassies.



Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Asiatisk Plads 2 
DK-1448 Copenhagen K
Tel. +45 33 92 00 00
Fax +45 32 54 05 33


Whole-of-Government support of SDGs

Seven Danish ministers expressed support of SDGs through partnerships with Denmark

On 23 August 2017, the Minister for Foreign Policy, Mr. Anders Samuelsen, and the Minister for Development Co-operation, Mrs. Ulla Tørnæs, co-hosted a thematic discussion with a total of seven Danish ministers on the value of partnerships between authorities abroad. They stressed that by combining and coordinating our efforts, we can make full use of Denmark’s positions of strength. Our societal model and companies possess many of the solutions sought by others: energy-efficient and green solutions; strong export industries in a range of sectors, including food and agriculture, cleantech, life sciences and shipping. In terms of foreign policy this represents Danish “soft power”.

The scope for partnerships between authorities abroad will expand in the near future to include a handful of selected high income countries with strong potential for enhancing collaboration to the benefit of Danish key export sectors.

The Strategic Sector Cooperation facility was launched in 2015 as a pilot initiative. Today the facility is permanent and includes 27 strategic sector partnerships.  With this facility, Denmark pursues synergies between development cooperation and trade and at the same time strengthens bilateral relations with 14 strategic important countries (Brazil, Colombia, Mexico; Ghana, Kenya, South Africa; Turkey, Iran; Bangladesh, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, India).



See the Guidelines for Partnering with Denmark, March 2015 and the Secretariat’s Annual report 2015-16