Official Launch

Official Launch

Ambassador, Mr Ib Petersen, officially opened the institute on behalf of Mr Søren Pind, Minister for Development Cooperation.  The opening was also welcomed with speeches from partners and friends of the institute including Secretary- General of International IDEA and DIPD Board Member, Mr Vidar Helgesen; Senior Associate and Director of Political Party Programs at the National Democratic Institute,  Ivan Doherty;  Executive Director of Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy, Hans Bruning; and Director of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Dr Gamal Soltan, who specifically spoke of the challenges for democracy in Egypt.

Man standing in front of microphone. Image tilted to show banner in foreground with logotype.
Ambassador Ib Petersen speaking at launch. Photo by DIPD/Thorkild Jensen

These speeches were followed by a short reception before the Conference on Egypt and Tunesia, also at the Parliament, took place.