Category: Myanmar

Saab Group, Vestergaard target Asian air traffic expansion






Saab Group and Vestergaard Company, where also among the Nordic companies attending the Inter Airport South East Asia trade show, held in Singapore on 15 – 17 February 2017. Technology and automation are increasingly becoming important also in Asia as airports seek to become more efficient to face larger labour costs, very strong increase in…

No more driving license for Swedes in Asia






Swedes living in Asia ought to pay attention: Under a bill before the Riksdag, new rules will come into force that will affect people who are permanently resident abroad and who wish to renew their Swedish driving licence. If you have a Swedish driving licence and live abroad, you can use your Swedish licence for…

Survey: Thailand the Asian country with least increase in corruption






In your opinion, over the past year, has the level of corruption in this country increased or decreased or stayed the same? This was among questions asked to nearly 22,000 people by Transparency International in the Asia Pacific region, for the ‘People and Corruption: Asia Pacific, part of the Global Corruption Barometer series’. Of those…

Angry workers damage H&M factory in Myanmar






”H&M group is one of the leading fashion retailers globally when it comes to sustainability and have for many years put great efforts to improve working conditions and strengthen workers’ rights in the countries where our products are manufactured. Our local presence in the production countries, including Myanmar, is essential in this work,” writes H&M…

Norway build skills for jobs in Vietnam, Myanmar






The Norwegian government is investing in education and job creation in developing countries. On 14 February 2017 the government announced that they had entered five new partnerships for vocational education in Vietnam, Myanmar, Malawi and Uganda. “Lack of qualified labour is often an obstacle when hiring locals in developing countries. With this new program we create…

Thai media admires Finland at Press Freedom debate






”Thailand is the land of smiles, but we, the media, are not smiling,” said Thepchai Yong, the President of the Confederation of Thai Journalists, on Wednesday 15 February 2017 as he opened the debate at Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand, The Challenges of Protecting Press Freedom in a Divided World. The debate was held to…

Finland Minister discuss peace process with Myanmar






Kai Mykkänen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development in Finland, met with Myanmar’s State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Thursday 9 February 2017. During their meeting Mykkänen expressed Finland’s support for Myanmar’s peace process and the civilian government’s democratic reforms. Following an UN report claiming serious human rights violations to have occurred in the…

Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland – and Singapore – least corrupt countries






The Nordic counrtries together with New Zealand and Singapore in the Asia Pacific are this year once again on the top of the list of the World’s least corrupt countries. Revealing the “Corruption Perception Index”, Transparency International commented overall on the root causes of corruption: “This year’s results highlight the connection between corruption and inequality,…

Business Sweden in Southeast Asia busier than ever






At last, ScandAsia has caught hold of a Trade Commissioner to learn more about Business Sweden (since the organisation was changed and renamed) and their activities, scope of work, clients and the development for Swedish business and trade in and with Southeast Asia. And who could then be a more ideal spokesperson then the Country…

New humanitarian aid to Myanmar






The Danish government has provided DKK 10 million (USD 1.4 million) to the Myanmar Humanitarian Fund managed by United Nations OCHA Myanmar. The new Danish contribution will assist people affected by the recently wake of fighting and conflict in the states of Kachin, Shan and Rakhine. The UN estimates that 525,000 people in Myanmar currently…