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Norway’s half-year trade with major ASEAN countries slipped

Norway’s trade of traditional commodities (all commodities excluding ships and oil platforms, for exports also excluding crude oil, natural gas and condensates) with Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia slipped in the first half of 2003, as compared to the same period last year.      From January to June 2003, the exports to Singapore saw a significant…

Sweden gives budget support to Timor-Leste

The Swedish government decided 10 July to contribute SEK 10 Million in budget support to Timor-Leste. Sweden has given support to Timor-Leste since 1997, primarily for the reconstruction of the administration and as humanitarian support via the UN.      The overall objective of Swedish development cooperation with Timor-Leste is to help the country’s own efforts to…

Sweden contributes to humanitarian assistance in Indonesia

In response to an UN appeal for 2003, Sweden has decided to contribute SEK 13 million to humanitarian assistance for IDP’s, internally displaced persons, in Indonesia. The assistance will be directed by SIDA – the Swedish International Aid Agency, to UNICEF, UNDP, WHO and OCHA.      The Swedish contribution will help UNICEF to support further work…

SIDA approved 2nd phase of air transport modernization plan in Indonesia

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has approved the second phase of ‘Study on Integrated Modernization Plan for Air Transport in Eastern Indonesia’.      The project will improve the security within the aviation sector, and thereby enable Eastern Indonesia to accommodate a larger amount of air-traffic. The distances within the country will be shortened, and…

Sweden holds referendum on Euro introduction

The Swedish government has decided arrange referendum 14 September 2003 on the introduction of the euro. All Swedish citizens who, according to the Elections Act, fulfill the requirements to vote in Swedish Riksdag (parliamentary) elections will be entitled to vote in the referendum. Persons entitled to vote in the Swedish local elections will also be…

Denmark provides second technical assistance fund

Asian Development Bank (ADB), a multilateral development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific, will administer a new DKK20 million (US$3.2 million) cooperation fund financed by the government of Denmark.      The second Danish cooperation fund for technical assistance will provide grants for ADB activities such as project preparation, training and advisory…

Harald Sandberg leaves Jakarta for Seoul

Sweden’s ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Harald Sandberg, has been appointed Swedish ambassador in Seoul, South Korea. The announcement was made yesterday 26 June by Sweden’s government.      It is still unclear whether the move is linked to the strained relations between Indonesia and Sweden. Several leaders of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) lives in the Stockholm…

Aker Kvaerner wins USD30-million contract in Indonesia

Norwegian global provider of engineering and construction services, Aker Kvaerner, recently through its Canada-based subsidiary Chemetics entered into two new contracts for equipment supply and engineering services for two integrated chlorine dioxide plants in Indonesia, worth a combined total of USD 30 million.      Chemetics is a technology based engineering design company, and is part of…

Jakarta and Singapore ports of call for newly launched East Indiaman Gotheborg

Exactly at 11.06 on Sweden’s national day 6 June was the magnificent sailing ship East Indiaman Gotheborgh launched in Gothenburg’s harbour, in the presence of the Swedish King and Queen, Prince Carl Philip and hundreds of visitors.      “I will continue to follow Gotheborgh after having had the honour launch her in Gothenburg today,” said HM…