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’Making Trade Work for the Poor’

Finance minister Keat Chhon of Cambodia and WTO’s Secretary General Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, former finance minister of Thailand, met on 27 May with Denmarks’s minister for foreign affairs Per Stig Moller at a conference in Copenhagen about how to fight poverty in developing countries through better allocation of development cooperation funds and development oriented trade…

Viking Cup moved to September due to SARS

Viking Cup, the annual encounter of all Viking football teams from Asia, has been postponed this year to 25-28 September 2003 due to the uncertainties surrounding the SARS virus.       The defending champion, Singapore Vikings, are organizing this year’s competition which traditionally is held in the Easter weekend. This year due to the outbreak of…

Fredskorpset kickstarts first south–south exchange programme

Twenty young professionals within environmental journalism, fishfarming and seismic studies from nine Asian countries – including Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR – participated in an introductory course in Bangkok to prepare themselves for the first south–south exchange programme of the new Norwegian Fredskorpset (Peace Corps).      This exchange programme is organized by Asia Pacific Forum of…

SARS outbreak causes no big trade losses for Sweden in Asean so far

     * Tourism is the big loser.      * Imports are basically unhurt.      * Exports suffer slightly but not totally.      That is in a nutshell what impact the SARS virus epidemic has had on Swedish business in the Asean countries, according to a survey done by ScandAsia. ScandAsia made its SARS impact survey this April. We sent…

SARS impact: key factor is time it takes

The Nordic diplomatic representations and the Nordic business associations in South East Asia were almost unanimous in their evaluation of the impact of SARS on the economic relations between their respective home countries and their current country of residence.      In a quick survey conducted by ScandAsia at the height of the crisis in April all…

Official advice about South East Asia and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

Alarm reports are carried in Scandinavian and Asian media about a new type of pneumonia that reputedly broke out in China and have spread worldwide. To get unbiased official information about this disease, we recommend our readers to visit the The World Health Organisation, WHO, website. WHO’s latest statement on 15 March read like this:…

Swedish official leads UN delegation seeking war crime tribunal in Cambodia

The United Nations Legal Counsel, Hans Corell, a Swedish national specialised in international law, arrived in Cambodia 13 March for negotiations with that country’s authorities on an agreement for a special court to try the former leaders of the Khmer Rouge. Mr. Corell’s team will remain in Cambodia until 17 March. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan…

Nordic Investment Bank – a credit resource for Scandinavian SME’s in Asia

Have you got a great idea, product or service and the company to deliver it but lack the funds to make it all happen?      Then maybe you should talk to the Nordic Investment Bank, NIB, a low-key institution for Nordic companies doing business in Asia and elsewhere.      And you don’t need to be big to…

More Swedish companies get ADB projects – potential to sign contracts for USD 5 Million during 2003

“Several companies from Sweden are short listed for ADB projects,” says Mr.Lars Andreasson, Minister at the Swedish embassy in Manila and responsible for ADB contacts.      “Just recently Hifab won a USD 800 000 consulting contract in Afghanistan. It is reasonable to believe that the outcome of ADB deals to Swedish businesses 2003 will be considerably…

Norway in Asia seminar in March 2003

The conference takes place again this year at Beaufort Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island on 13th and 14th March 2003, organised jointly by the Norwegian Business Association in Singapore, the Norwegian School of Management, the Norwegian Embassy in Singapore and other embassies in the region.      The event is subtitled Experiences and Expectations. The three main…