Opposition Leaders Meet, Discuss Issues with AmCham Board of Directors
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On February 10, leaders of the two main opposition parties in Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt (S) and Villy Søvndal (SF) engaged in an informal roundtable meeting with AmCham Denmark’s Board of Directors. The roundtable was hosted by AmCham Chairman Kim Østrup, Vice President, IBM, at IBM’s facilities on Lyngbyvej.

This was the fourth business networking session for the S and SF team in their current campaign, meeting with various executives from private companies as well as large educational and research institutions to better understand the issues and needs in these important areas for Denmark. The session with AmCham’s Board centered around competitiveness and foreign investments, with AmCham presenting findings from its 2010 Business Barometer and Foreign Investors Summit to set the scene.

The ensuing interactive discussions explored several areas, including Denmark’s challenges with low labor productivity growth and high cost of doing business; the important role that international companies play in Denmark; and attracting and retaining key talents currently in short supply.

“Broad economic trends point towards slower growth for Denmark in the coming years. At the heart of the problem is Denmark’s declining growth in productivity and shrinking workforce. Combined, these two dilemmas not only threaten Danish society in terms of per capita GDP growth and public finances, but also undermine Denmark’s competitiveness and its ability to attract and retain multinational companies and their respective investments,” said AmCham’s Executive Director Stephen Brugger. “Therefore, as the leading business association representing international business in Denmark, we were very pleased to have had this opportunity engage in open discussion on these issues," Brugger adds.

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