Category: International relations

Vietnamese Minister’s official welcome to Swedish Ambassador






Senior Lt. Gen. Tran Dai Quang, Vietnam’s Minister of Public of Public Security, on Jan 22 warmly welcomed Ambassador Mellander to Vietnam and congratulated her as the first Ambassador stationed in Hanoi after the decision of retaining the embassy was made in 2011. Senior Lieutenant General Minister Quang could foresee the busy agenda from Ambassador Mellander…

Vietnam, Sweden help Mekong farmers fight climate change’s impact






The Vietnamese Association for the Conservation of Nature (VACNE) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) launched a new initiative on Jan 22-23 aiming to help farmers in the Mekong and Red River deltas fight consequences from global warming . The Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) will provide the project with financial support and guidance that…

Finnish Minister visited Central Vietnam






Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala flew to Danang in central Vietnam on January 26 to examine the city’s investment environment, reported Vietnam Net. Hautala, who is being accompanied by a number of Finnish businesses, is visiting Vietnam at the invitation of the Ministry of Planning and Investment. At a meeting with Danang Vice Mayor…

China calls on Norway to improve ties






A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called on Norway to take concrete steps to create conditions for improving bilateral ties, saying mending relations is up to Norway. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the appeal at a daily press briefing, when asked whether Norway’s latest stance supporting China’s bid for permanent observer status…

Vietnam’s third round of free trade negotiations






Delegations from the EFTA states and Vietnam met from January 14-17 in Hanoi for a third round of negotiations of a comprehensive free trade agreement. Expert meetings were held for all the covered areas under the meeting round. Negotiations are still in an early phase and most of the time was used to learn more…

EU and Singapore ink landmark free-trade deal






EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang, have completed final negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union and Singapore. The agreement reached is one of the most comprehensive the EU has ever negotiated and will create new opportunities for companies from Europe…

Norwegian ambassador break ground for the One UN House






A sudden sunlight on the winter afternoon brought hope for success of the sixth pillar of the One UN Reform in Vietnam. The Green One UN House will assist the UN agencies in better coordination, cost effectiveness, and environmentally-friendly development. The One UN House is a joint endeavor between the Government of Vietnam, donors and…

Norway supports China’s Arctic Council observer status bid






Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barthe Eide said on Monday that Norway will support China’s application for the status of a permanent observer to the Arctic Council, a Chinese press Xinhua reported. Eide gave a definite “yes” answer to the question put to him by a Xinhua reporter if Norway would back China’s bid for the…

Tourism Malaysia to cut Stockholm office






Tourism Malaysia plans to cut its offices aboard to reduce operating costs. It is understood that the offices that might face closure are Stockholm in Sweden, Vancouver (Canada), Phuket (Thailand) and Milan in Italy, said Zulkifly Md, Tourism Malaysia’s Director for International Marketing Division (South Asia/West Asia/Africa). The plan is to reduce the numbers as…

EU and Singapore ink landmark free-trade deal






EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang, have completed final negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union and Singapore. The agreement reached is one of the most comprehensive the EU has ever negotiated and will create new opportunities for companies from Europe…