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Norwegian Independence Day in Indonesia

The Indonesian Norwegian Business Council (INBC), in co-operation with the Norwegian Embassy in Jakarta, organized an evening celebration “Snowflakes Over Java” on May 17 at Jakarta Hilton International to mark the Norwegian Independence Day.      INBC members and guests were welcomed by a multimedia video on Norway and INBC – jointly produced by INBC and the…

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…

Surya Advisorindo Group creates new Asian-Scandinavian trade relations

A mere nine months into operation, the cooperation between Jakarta-based Surya Group and Know How Sweden yields real business.       The trade deals created so far by this Swedish-Indonesian matchmaking constellation range from Indonesian leather exports to Scandinavia to sales of state-of-the-art prepaid telephone codes systems to seven Asian countries.       Currently two trade trips…

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…

Indonesian envoy visits Sweden to influence GAM in peace talks

Indonesia’s President Ms. Megawati Soekarnoputri sent former foreign minister Ali Alatas to Sweden 24 April for talks about the presence of the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM)’s representatives there.      Her envoy had a half hour long meeting in Stockholm with Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ms. Anna Lindh, where he briefed the Swedish government about the current…

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:…

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…

NeraTel contracted in Indonesia

Nera Telecommunications Ltd, Singapore (NeraTel) announced on 18 February 2003 that its wholly-owned subsidiary, P.T. Nera Indonesia, has entered into a supplementary agreement amounting to S$13.9 million with P.T. Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel)      Telkomsel holds nationwide cellular licence to provide and operate a GSM mobile telephone network in the Republic of Indonesia.      Under the agreement, P.T.…