The virtual meet between the two prime ministers of the nations took place on September 28, 2020. The two nations agreed on escalating their tie to the green strategic partnership as discussed in an hour-long discussion. For some of you who have a little confusion about what the green strategic movement is, here is a little brush up on the knowledge. The green strategic partnership in international relations is a mutually beneficial alliance or agreement to enhance the political co-operation, economic growth, creating more job opportunities, and addressing the global opportunities and challenges together. PM Modi and the Danish leader, Mette Frederiksen, agreed that the green strategic partnership will be for the benefit of both the nations.
Not only the political sectors but also the climate and environment necessities were kept in mind. The matters discussed in the virtual summit were:
Leaders of both the nation deemed it necessary to elevate Indian-Denmark relations to the green strategic relations. Earlier the relations were built on an agreement signed on February 6, 2009, establishing a joint commission for cooperation, which made the achievements in political, educational, scientific, and technological fields. Besides matters like animal husbandry, climate change, food processing, and many more are on the table.
Both nations vowed to continue their fight against climate change and provide sustainable green energy solutions for the future. The Strategic Sector Cooperation on offshore wind and renewable energy, as well as the India-Denmark Energy Partnership (INDEP), is committed to address the problems in the fields of wind energy; energy modeling, and integration of renewable energy and provide solutions for the same. The two agreed to make the nations a better place to live for its people. They have also agreed on standing against climate change and proving the other nations that we can win the fight against global warming and its effects.
The prime ministers expressed their joint wish to enhance areas of water supplies, sewerage systems, and wastewater treatment through the indo-danish water treatment alliance. They agreed to develop a work plan for three years to cooperate in water efficiency and non-revenue water with the help of the Indian Ministry of Jal Shakti and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and the Danish Ministry of Environment.
They even agreed to expand the alliance to the suburban sector and suggested the construction of smart cities and also to strengthen the existing city to city cooperation between Udaipur and Aarhus and Tumakuru and Aalborg.
Both the leaders also agreed to examine the existing possibilities between labor mobility and also to ease the tension for travel between the two countries to more people interaction could take place.
Significant success had been made in the education, science, and technology department. To name a few the nations agreed to build on existing strong bilateral STI partnerships with joint calls for projects in areas such as energy, water, bio-resources, and ICT.
As far as trade relations go there are some interesting decisions on the table like, Both sides expressed their commitment to working towards an ambitious, fair, and mutually beneficial Trade and Investment Agreement between EU and India to further strengthen and deepen the EU-India ties. Both sides supported the need for cooperation on the promotion of an open, inclusive and rule-based multilateral trading system under the WTO at its core to promote global growth and sustainable development
In one or the other way, the green strategic partnership is much required to both the nations as it is no doubt a difficult time. The coronavirus does not seem to relax and with no vaccine in the market, nobody knows when the whole situation or if it would ever go away. During the virtual meet up, prime minister Narendra Modi bluntly passed a statement that depending upon a single source of the supply chain can be risky without naming any country in particular. The only thing that could prove risky for India at least would be this statement given by the prime minister. The whole world is aware of the fact that India and China have turned into greater foes than anyone would have ever imagined and in such cases, it is not apt to make such remarks. The situation on the Ladakh border is as thin as a strand of hair and it would only create tension amongst our soldiers. The world cannot overcome one problem that china has given – the virus and in no case, it is ready for more.
Moreover, India has been stealing business from china as most of the manufacturing companies have shifted their manufacturing units from china and set them up in India. India, also promises to provide growth to the industries. The government has lowered the taxes on the companies making it one of the lowest in Asia and made its first contraction in more than four decades now. These are not signs of friendship. Also, India is working along with Australia and Japan to diversify the supply chain welcoming all the nations to take initiative in the movement.
While India may be elevating its relations with Denmark to a new level the Indian china relations are again the smoke cloud and would have devastating effects on the world as a whole. It is not the right time to pick up enemies as a lot of capital has been invested in the health sector to fight the novel coronavirus and also the Indian troops need help.