Category: Myanmar

Norwegian Energy Collaboratorium Singapore joins eSmart Systems






eSmart Systems‘ Managing Director in Asia, Henrik Bache has signed the membership agreement for The Norwegian Energy Collaboratorium (NEC) in Singapore, together with Per Christer Lund, Science and Technology Counsellor at Innovation Norway Singapore and The Research Council of Norway. The Norwegian Ambassador to Singapore, Mr Tormod C. Andresen, and Director of Innovation Norway, Singapore,…

Finnish Embassy at opening of 8th Myanmar School of Politics






The 8th Myanmar School of Politics, a programme aimed at enhancing the democratic knowledge and skills of politicians in Myanmar and furthering their practice of multiparty dialogue, was kicked off on Saturday 18 March 2017. Katarina Tapio, Deputy Head of Mission at the Finnish Embassy in Bangkok, was present at the opening ceremony where she held…

EU and ASEAN: free trade talks possible






At the annual EU-ASEAN ministerial consultations held in the Filipino capital of Manila on 10 March trade leaders from the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed to take new steps towards resuming free trade talks between the two regions. EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström said: “2017 marks the 40th anniversary…

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…