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Strategic Sector Cooperation

The Ministry of Environment and Food helps to ensure cleaner air in China and helps improve water supply in South Africa, the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs increases transparency and fights corruption through digitalisation in Brazil. Danish authorities and companies contribute with technology and knowledge in areas such as urban development, agriculture, energy, environment, shipping, and water.

“The Strategic Sector Cooperation project on water management in South Africa has given us a better understanding of the needs of the South African water sector. It is crucial to ensure that our solutions create value for our South African customers."

Country Manager of Kamstrup South Africa, Petrus Van Heerden

Danish solutions promoting sustainable development

Urbanisation, increase in population and excessive use of natural resources in countries such as Indonesia, South Africa, Brazil, and Mexico are challenging sustainable development. Public-private solutions within urban planning, agriculture, and the transition to a green economy are areas in which Denmark has longstanding experience and can contribute with valuable knowledge and solutions.

We promote Danish solutions through Strategic Sector Cooperation. In Denmark, we have developed collaborations across the public and private sectors on transitioning to a green economy, urban planning, agriculture, food and health. Based on this experience, we can both promote responsible, sustainable development and benefit Danish exports and Danish solutions.

Strategic Sector Cooperation and the Danish private sector

Strategic Sector Cooperation opens doors for Danish industry and business. The partnerships between Danish and local authorities take place in areas where Danish businesses have special competencies and in countries that have particular strategic and commercial significance for Denmark. Sector counsellors with sector-specific expertise are posted at Danish embassies. They help create new market and investment opportunities for Danish businesses.     

Danish companies that are ready to meet the global demand for sustainable solutions in emerging markets can seek guidance on their opportunities at the Trade Council, which is an integrated part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Maritime cooperation with China – the world's largest manufacturer of ships

Based on long lasting cooperation between Denmark and China in the maritime area, a Strategic Sector Cooperation project with two tracks was established in 2017. The first concerns green shipbuilding. In this area, Danish experience on fuel-efficient solutions is utilised. The second track concerns maritime safety by exchange of experience on port state control, emissions, and fuels.

"The maritime sector counsellor in China has helped strengthen contact and dialogue with the relevant Chinese authorities responsible for shipbuilding, maritime equipment, and technology (...). In addition, through ongoing contact with Danish maritime industrial companies in Denmark as well as through their branches and offices in China, the sector counsellor has helped strengthen– their commercial opportunities in China."

CEO Jenny N. Braat, Danish Maritime


Facts about the Strategic Sector Cooperation

  • 17 countries:
  • South and North America: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico
  • Africa: Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa
  • Asia: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam
  • Europe: Turkey
  • 13 Danish authorities – most recently, the City of Aarhus and the City of Copenhagen have become partners.
  • 44 Strategic Sector Cooperation agreements have been concluded.
  • 40 sector counsellors are posted at Danish embassies abroad – and more are on the way in selected high-income countries.

Click on the world map to see where Danish authorities and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs cooperate with local authorities.

Click to see an overview of the Strategic Sector Cooperation projects


Jakob Haugaard

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +4533921230