Denmark’s Tech Ambassador opened Beijing office
n recognition of the growing importance of China’s booming tech industr y, the Tech Ambassador of Denmark has now opened an office in Beijing. As the first country in the world, Denmark has elevated technology to a foreign policy priority and established a diplomatic platform and presence to promote this agenda across the globe. The initiative is taken based on the recognition of the key role technology and digitalization plays and will increasingly play in the future for individuals and societies alike from China to Denmark and the rest of the world. “It’s interesting to see how China’s tech industr y has grown into being among the most advanced in areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud-computing. The resources and the willingness from the Chinese Government to drive and push this development together with the big tech companies is very significant, said 18 ScandAsia • April 2018
Denmark’s Tech Ambassador, Casper Klynge. “In that light, it’s only a natural step for the Danish Government to expand our technological diplomacy – or our so-called TechPlomacy Initiative - to China,” said the Ambassador, who will be in China next week to officially open the Beijing leg of the Tech Ambassador’s Office at the Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing. The Tech Ambassador’s Office will have a physical presence in three time zones across the globe, in Denmark’s capital Copenhagen, Silicon Valley in the United States, and Beijing. Tech Ambassador Casper Klynge and his global team will work to build strategic par tnerships and engage directly with tech-hubs, governments, international organizations, civil society, cities, regions, world-class universities and other stakeholders. “I really look forward to engaging in dialogue on a broad range of topics
with the tech-industr y and Chinese authorities. We need a stronger multistakeholder discussion on how we want these new technologies to shape our societies in the future. And with a stronger dialogue we will be better equipped to meet both opportunities and challenges new technology creates,” said Ambassador Klynge. The Office of the Danish Tech Ambassador is located at the Embassy in Beijing. Denmark is one of the most digitised countries in the world. Denmark has a relatively small and agile bureaucratic system, a robust, green and reliable energy ecosystem, and a creative and adaptive workforce, which is relatively well equipped to succeed in the fourth industrial revolution. Yet, like other countries, cities and regions around the world, we need to be ready to adapt and engage with new technologies and their adverse impacts on society, economy and labour market.
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