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Video with CEO Karsten Dybvad, Confederation of Danish Industry

Director General, CEO, Karsten Dybvad asks - and answers - what is next for Denmark at the annual DI Business Summit at the Opera House in Copenhagen.
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Publiceret: 27.09.2017
Af Karsten Dybvad mail

When Danish businesses win globally, it creates development, jobs and prosperity locally.  That is why Denmark and Danish companies are extra vulnerable to the current political tendencies we see in many countries, including increasing resistance to free trade and scepticism towards the EU cooperation.

Denmark and the other Nordic countries have, in many ways, cracked the code for what it takes to become a successful nation. Danes are - presumably, for precisely that reason - quite positive in their attitude towards globalisation and towards the EU. But we cannot take that support for granted.

There are three decisive aspects to globalisation, all of which hold major opportunities for growth and development in Denmark - but only if we manage to tackle the challenges that they also involve.

First of all: How do we, on the one hand, ensure that Danish companies have access to sufficient skilled workers - both Danish and foreign - so that companies can continue to create growth and make Denmark wealthier? And how do we, on the other hand, remedy the population’s feeling of insecurity in relation to the refugee crisis and reverse decades of failed integration of immigrants and descendants, so that we can simultaneously counter a general scepticism towards foreign workers, whom we are so dependent on in Denmark.

Second of all: How do we, on the one hand, maintain Denmark’s strengths and ensure that we as a society - and as both small and large companies - invest in knowledge, technology and new digital opportunities? And how do we, on the other hand, ensure that both businesses and Danes feel confident that we are equipped to handle the increasing cyber threats, which is the grave reverse side of the coin of digital development?

And, thirdly: How do we avoid that Denmark and Danish companies fall victim to the protectionism and isolation that is currently on the rise? And how do we instead ensure that Denmark can seize the incredible opportunities that the globalised world holds for spreading sustainable Danish solutions within energy, water, the environment, food, health and other positions of strength that can make a positive difference for the rest of the world?

All three challenges and opportunities are something that we as a society must discuss and find solutions to; solutions that politicians, businesses and citizens can come together in realising.

Denmark’s success today is by no means a guarantee for our success tomorrow. We are among the world’s most well-functioning countries only because we have continuously managed to develop our society and our businesses.

This we must maintain.

For DI, the way is clear. We wish to maintain Denmark on a course where we strengthen our labour market with the world’s best workers, where we continue to take initiatives that make us an even more attractive country for investments in the newest technology, and where we promote free trade and growth opportunities for Danish companies - in close collaboration with the other EU countries.

We believe that these are some of the answers to the ever-relevant question that appears more pertinent and pressing now than ever before:

What’s next, Denmark?

Denmark and the other Nordic countries have, in many ways, cracked the code for what it takes to become a successful nation.

KARSTE DYBVAD, CEO, THE CONFEDERATION OF DANISH INDUSTRY
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PUBLISHED: 9/27/2017 LAST MODIFIED: 9/28/2017