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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…

Last Robinson filmed in Malaysia

The 2003 episodes in the Swedish reality TV series Robinson are currently being filmed on location at Tengah in Malaysia. Swedish Television, SVT, has aired Robinson every year since 1997 and it is one of the biggest success stories ever in the state owned station’s history. A number of contestants try to live for a…

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…

Norway’s trade with major ASEAN countries shrank in Q1/2003

Norway’s trade of traditional commodities (all commodities excluding ships and oil platforms, for exports also excluding crude oil, natural gas and condensates) with Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand in the first quarter 2003 shrank as compared to the same quarter yesteryear. Imports from Thailand however grew by 8.6 per cent.       In the first quarter…

Niras Consulting signs septic sludge treatment deal in Malaysia

Danish waste management firm Niras Consulting Engineers and Planners A/S on April 10 signed an MYR-15-million contract with Sar-Alam Indah Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of Weida (M) Bhd., to undertake the integration of a sludge digester or biogas plant facilities into the Matang septic sludge treatment plant in Kuching, Sarawak.      The memorandum of understanding was…

Camfil Farr to open new plant in Malaysia

Swedish clean air solution company Camfil Farr will on April 26 officially open its new factory in Ipoh, Malaysia.      Camfil Farr specializes in filters for clean air solutions and is one of the world’s leading companies in clean air technology and air filter production It’s filtration technology covers three main areas: comfort air (protecting people),…

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:…

Danida sponsors port waste management workshop in Malaysia

Danish International Development Agency (Danida) in February sponsored a regional workshop on Port Waste Management Plan held at Concorde Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, attended by delegates from 10 member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).       The workshop was aimed at encouraging discussions among ASEAN countries that would help promote regional…