Dear Members of the American-Danish Business Council,
At the end of 2020, I reflected on the year; how it had been an extraordinarily different and challenging time– and yet despite it all, how many great things we managed to achieve together. Exports to the US were on a rise, and I am hopeful that the transatlantic partnerships on trade and investments are continuing this momentum going forward.
While 2021 is characterized by hope and optimism, the year began with a rocky start here in Washington DC when the world grinded to a halt as we all watched, in disbelief, the fundamental values of democracy under attack with rioters storming the United States Capitol. Fortunately, democracy prevailed and only just a few short weeks later, I found myself sitting in the very same location, taking part in the inauguration of Joseph Biden, the 46th President of the United States. I personally feel a great sense of honor and humbleness for being able to participate in this historic moment and to represent Denmark in doing so.
As the Biden Administration moves into its fourth month, it is clear that emphasis remains on controlling the pandemic, restarting the economy and re-establishing US commitments to international agreements such as the Paris Climate Agreement. The Administration’s increased interest in the green agenda and transition to sustainable energy models for our societies is something that I also strongly advocate for on behalf of Denmark and Danish companies. Denmark is ready to be a strong partner and source of knowledge for our US government colleagues with successful green solutions and transition models from Danish companies.
A few weeks ago, we celebrated the delivery of the very first F-35 fighter aircraft acquired by the Royal Danish Air Force. I had the pleasure of attending the roll-out ceremony myself and must say that it was quite a sight to see such modern marvel of technology resulting from decades of development and cooperation between allied nations’ companies, including multiple member companies of ADBC.
I am hopeful we will soon see the end of this centennial pandemic with the worldwide roll out of Covid-19 vaccines, enabling us to re-start our economies, businesses and personal lives. As the US is getting closer to reopen, I look forward to welcoming all ADBC members back to the Embassy and to resuming our many activities. There are so many important issues to address together.
Lone Dencker Wisborg
Ambassador of Denmark to the U.S.