In the beginning of September, it was a great honour to host a reception at the Ambassador’s residence for Danish wounded warriors, many who fought side-by-side with U.S. Marines in Afghanistan. The wounded warriors were accompanied by the Danish Minister for Defence, Peter Christensen and former Danish Minister for Defence, Søren Gade.
The wounded warriors came by the Danish Embassy as part of their U.S. trip where they also went to New York and North Carolina. Alongside U.S. wounded warriors, they participated in adaptive sports and training activities during their tour.
Again we would like to thank ADBC members for taking part in the reception at the Ambassador’s Residence and for the financial support that made it possible for the Danish wounded warriors to visit the U.S. and join all these great events and activities.
In the last weekend of August 2016, a group of brave Danish veterans from the organization Veterans in Motion participated in a 2000 meter swim in the canals of Copenhagen.
To join them swimming were the U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Rufus Gifford and President and CEO of Terma North America, Steve Williams, who is sponsoring partner of Veterans in Motion.
As the veterans, the U.S. Ambassador and Steve Williams crossed the finish line, they were received by the Danish Ambassador to the U.S., Lars Lose, who cheered for the swimmers along their way.
It is a tradition to the veterans, the ambassadors and Steve Williams to join the swimming contest Christiansborg Rundt which is held in Copenhagen every year in August.
The canals of Copenhagen are extremely clean, which allow the people of Copenhagen to utilize the harbour area in a unique way by for example arranging swimming contests in the canals.
Dear ADBC members,
We would like to wish you all a very happy summer with this bi-annual status update from ADBC. We have achieved a number of milestones and made several changes to ADBC during this year. The development and success of our business network is due to our fantastic members and we would not be able to expand at the pace we are without your support. Therefore we would like to take this opportunity to share with you the achievements and developments within ADBC so far. We have great ambitions for our business council and with your support and feedback these ambitions can be met.
First of all we would like to present you with an event calendar of all the events that we have hosted in 2016 so far as a reminder of our progress. We are happy to see so many of our members attend our events. We encourage all our members to contact us if they have input for future events or activities that would contribute to the council’s growth and facilitate further business activities benefitting the whole council.
One of our most significant achievements this year has been the significant increase of ADBC’s membership base. We are delighted that so many American and Danish companies want to be part of our council and reap the benefits that we provide. Our council now includes prominent members from sectors within Energy & Environment, Defense, Food & Agriculture, Maritime and Healthcare & Life Sciences. With the backing of these members we are able to provide the services that we do, which include sector specific roundtables, seminars and high-level receptions hosted at the Embassy as well as knowledge and information sharing between our members.
We are proud that this year has had such a great start, and with events such as our Friends of Denmark Caucus hosted at the U.S Capitol which was attended by several U.S congressmen and the Danish Prime Minister himself, we couldn’t wish for much more.
As part of ADBC, we are happy to be able to provide exclusive opportunities like these to enable our members to expand their business and network portfolios.
We have made a number of changes to the administrative part of ADBC. This includes the introduction of our new secretariat, Lina Gandløse Hansen, who has taken over ADBC responsibilities from our departed colleague Mary Paul.
We have been going through a process of optimization since the departure of our colleague Mary Paul and have been optimizing many internal processes with the help of our treasurer Ben Walker.
Therefore Lina is the new Executive Secretary of ADBC and all enquiries regarding activities and affairs should be directed to her.
With the beginning of a new era for ADBC so too does the old pave way for the new and we are happy to remind members of the launch of our new online-payment system which enables ADBC members to pay their membership fees online. The website supports most major credit cards and payment links are included on all our invoices.
We look forward to the 2nd half of 2016. All eyes will be on our next major event, the export promotional event spearheaded by the Royal Crown Prince Couple in September, who will be visiting Washington D.C. and Boston respectively. More than 60 Danish companies will be accompanying the Royal Crown Prince Couple on the tour, aiming to gain exposure and establish themselves on the American market. Many of the participating companies are current ADBC members.
We have a number of up-coming events, and we encourage you to stay updated on our website and via our newsletter with regards to what events and activities are of interest and relevance to your company.
Remember to subscribe to our bi-monthly newsletter and join our LinkedIn page where we encourage members to interact and network on our online platform.
Please click here for the event calendar
We wish you all a pleasant summer!
American-Danish Business Council.
For the first time in 15 years a group of Danish food companies exhibited their products at the Summer Fancy Food Fair in New York Javits Center on June 26-28 2016.
The fair took place for the 62nd time and is the largest specialty food trade show in North America.
The entire United States is represented, as well as about 35 foreign countries & regions. With a total of 180.000 products and more than 46.000 representatives from around the world the Summer Fancy Food Fair is the biggest of its kind in North America.
In lieu of a potential TTIP agreement, the agreement between EU-US would increase market access and consolidation of rules across the Atlantic. Danish participation at the fair seeks to help implement the Danish government’s volume-market-strategy for the US market, which includes specific focus on the retail sector. The stand was organized by the Danish Agriculture & Food Council, in collaboration with the Trade Council USA (TC USA).
The US food market offers great opportunities for Danish food producers due to the driving agents of food safety, transparency and traceability and healthy food including organic and natural products. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA ) is in the process of reforming and updating its food law for the first time in 70 years known as “The Food Safety Modernization Act” (FSMA). All companies wishing to export to the U.S. will over the next 1-2 years be required to meet the new rules for export / import laid down by the FSMA.
The seminar that took place in relation to the Fancy Food Fair was an opportune moment to inform the Danish companies of the on-going current legal changes.
In lieu of the completion of the Select USA summit held June 19-21, the Embassy of Denmark hosted a reception for the Nordic participants at the embassy residence.
The Select USA summit is held annually in Washington D.C. with the purpose of bringing together companies from all over the world, economic development organizations and high-level government officials working to facilitate investment in the United States.
The reception was attended by the Danish and Nordic business delegates from the summit. Ambassador Lars Lose greeted the guests at the residence by stressing that the Nordics has always been a region of great entrepreneurial success with Nordic values and business ideas being viewed as benchmarks for business and societal models around the globe. The region focuses not only on creating business, but also for ensuring that the business is environmentally friendly whilst providing value to society.
Ambassador Lose also highlighted that with opportunities like the Select USA summit, Denmark is able to attract more attention to the great innovative and forward thinking mind-set that many Danish companies have to offer. There are currently 657 Danish companies operating in the U.S creating more than 60,000 jobs across the country.
The American Danish Business Council invites members with young professional backgrounds to join our network.
We offer Young Professional members the opportunity to join a social network for young students and professionals interested in fostering relations and increasing trade between the U.S. and Denmark.
The ADBC Young Professionals Network provides aspiring young professionals with unique networking opportunities that contribute to their professional development. Our mission is to design a social network dedicated to giving young leaders the opportunity to socialize, exchange ideas, share common interests and grow professionally.
Members of the ADBC Young Professionals Network will be given the opportunity to participate in various events, meet new friends and extend their network. Furthermore, Young Professionals also will have access to some of ADBCs regular member events.
ADBC Young Professionals Network Benefits
• Opportunity to attend events, conferences, etc.
• Unique networking opportunities
• Grow your professional profile
How do I join?
To join the network you only have to pay an annual membership fee of $25. There is no monthly or annual membership fee; however some events might require a small participation fee.
To sign up as a member of the ADBC Young professionals Network click here
The ADBC Young Professionals Network is a non-profit association established in 2015. It operates as a network within the American-Danish Business Council and specifically designed for Danish and American Young Professionals.
Join our LinkedIn Group and connect with other members!
If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you
ADBC joined many of its fellow trade councils the British American business Association, the French American Chamber of Commerce, the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce, the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce and the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce -DC and hosted an ‘Innovation and Networking’ session, with acclaimed author of “The Necessity of Strangers”, Alan Gregerman.
Mr. Gregerman, cited as “one of the most original thinkers in business today”, challenged all who were present to examine how we can further our businesses by expanding the circle of people we invite to the table, when we look for new ideas. Using modern day examples, like the connection between a Sony Walkman and an iPhone, he pointed out that almost all of our new products and ideas are based on something which has come before.
He also used the example of self-driving car sensors being based on the coordinated movements of schools of fish, something that could only come about through the introduction of marine biology into car design discussions, to point out the benefits of inclusivity. Therefore, he reasons, it is critical to invite people with different backgrounds to share their experiences, rather than only have people with similar education and predispositions join brainstorming sessions.
After the stimulating talk by Mr. Gregerman, our colleagues at the French Embassy hosted a networking session.
On 9 June 2016 the Danish Government, the Social Democrats, the Danish Social-Liberal Party, Liberal Alliance and the Danish People’s Party have entered into an agreement on new fighter aircraft in replacement of the ageing F-16 jets. It was agreed to procure 27 F-35 fighter aircraft, and to finance this procurement within the budgetary framework of the Danish Defence – with the ambition of keeping intact its operational capabilities.
F-35A Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
The aircraft has been developed in cooperation between nine partner countries (the USA, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Norway and Denmark).
The primary manufacturer is the American company Lockheed Martin.
The American Danish Business Council looks forward to cooperate with Lockheed Martin and other suppliers to the Joint Strike Fighter in order to ensure mutually beneficial cooperation projects between US JSF contractors and Danish companies.
The Embassy of Denmark, ADBC and the Congressional Friends of Denmark Caucus hosted an event at the U.S Capitol in honor of the visit by Danish Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, and Foreign Minister, Kristian Jensen. The overriding goal of the Friends Caucus, whose membership counts several prominent Members of the House of Representatives, is to promote Danish – U.S. ties, and Danish business interests in the U.S.
Democratic Whip Hoyer, who chairs the Congressional Friends of Denmark Caucus together with co-chair Rep. Tom Cole, and is himself of Danish descent, saw the event as an opportunity for Danish businesses to get a foot in Congress’s door. Among those attending the event, in addition to the two co-chairs, were majority Leader McCarthy, Majority Whip Scalise and Minority Leader Pelosi. A total of 38 members of the House, several high-ranking staffers and several American-Danish Business Council members attended the successful launch reception.
PM Løkke was very pleased about the event and stated “It will open doors for Danish companies and mean jobs on both sides of the Atlantic, especially for those sectors wherein Danish businesses have unique skills to offer the US market, for example. green solutions, life science and design”.
Danish PM Mr. Lars Løkke and the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Kristian Jensen attended as part of their visit to D.C. to participate in the Nordic Summit, which was held at the White House on May 13th.