Category: Myanmar

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…

Energy management workshop in Myanmar






On Friday 9 December 2016, the Embassy of Denmark in Myanmar and the Ministry of Electricity and Energy co-hosted an energy management workshop in co-operation with World Wildlife Fund and the Danish wind turbines producer Vestas. At the workshop, experts presented international experiences for integration of renewable power and management in power systems providing efficient,…

Denmark-Myanmar bilateral agreement on USD 70 million






On Thursday 1 December 2016, Danish Ambassador to Myanmar, Peter Hansen, and Deputy Minister of Planning and Finance in Myanmar, U Maung Maung Win, signed a bilateral agreement on USD 70 million on the new Denmark-Myanmar Country Programme for the period 2016-2020. Denmark is stepping up its support to Myanmar’s development with a new country…

Ulrika Modéer visits Myanmar and Cambodia






From 13-18 November 2016, Sweden’s Secretary of State, Ulrika Modéer, travelled to Myanmar and Cambodia. In Myanmar, Modéer visited the capital, Yangon, and Nay Pyi Taw for talks with government representatives, parliamentarians and civil society organisations. Along with the organisation Earth Rights International, a visit to the Thilawa Industrial Zone was conducted, focusing on matters…

Swedish court rules against importer of Myanmar timber






Sweden has prosecuted an importer and trader of Myanmar teak under a European Union rule that bans placing illegal or high-risk wood on the EU market, according to information from the NGO Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). An EIA statement yesterday announced that a Swedish Forest Agency investigation found Almtra Nordic could not demonstrate who had…

Norwegian Embassy and Mahildol University meeting






On 3 November 2016, the annual meeting between Mahidol University and the Royal Norwegian Embassy was conducted in Bangkok. The Norwegian government cooperates with Mahidol University on two capacity-building programs for Master and PhD students in five ASEAN countries. So far, 151 students have been granted scholarships, and the students are expected to contribute to…

Disagreement about Norwegian’s aid to Myanmar






Norway’s state budget in 2017 states that Myanmar is a post-conflict country. The definition can bring bias the Norwegian support that may be detrimental to the peace process in the country, the Norwegian Burma Committee claims, referring to SN Power’s project in Shan State. SN Power does not share this opinion and responds to the criticism. A…

Sweden contributes to Myanmar Humanitarian Fund






Sweden has made another contribution through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, to the Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF) of SEK 5 million (approx. US$ 584,000), in addition to the SEK 5 million contribution made earlier in the year. The MHF is an OCHA-managed country-based pooled fund that provides funding for emergency responses to urgent…

Swedish transport, airport solutions Myanmar delegation






In early November 2016 Ambassador of Sweden to Myanmar, Staffan Herrström, Business Sweden and the Section Office led a Swedish trade delegation to Myanmar. The themes were sustainable urban transport and airport solutions, and the delegation consisted of six Swedish companies: Ericsson, Axis Communications, Volvo Bus, Saab Group, Mobill Scandinavia and Scania. Valuable meetings and…