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Norway in Asia seminar in March 2003

The conference takes place again this year at Beaufort Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island on 13th and 14th March 2003, organised jointly by the Norwegian Business Association in Singapore, the Norwegian School of Management, the Norwegian Embassy in Singapore and other embassies in the region.      The event is subtitled Experiences and Expectations. The three main…

Norway the Peace Maker

Norway in 2002 gained tremendous good will around the globe for its successful brokering of the peace process in Sri Lanka. For the Norwegian image in South East Asia, it added extra value that the negations were taking place in Thailand.      The first talks in Thailand in September were quickly followed up with more talks…

Norwegian businessmen support Thai AIDS orphans

The Norwegian Businessmen Charity Fund of Thailand in November raised an amazing 1,700,000 Thai Baht in support of a project for HIV Children in Chiang Mai which the Norwegian business community in Thailand has almost adopted.      For several years, the Norwegian businessmen living in Thailand and their friends have arranged a yearly Charity Lunch and…

Smedvig awarded drilling contract in Indonesia

Smedvig’s self-erecting semi-tender rig West Alliance will start production drilling for Unocal Makassar Ltd in Indonesia in January this year. The rig has previously been drilling for Esso Production Malaysia Inc. Before comencing work in Indonesia, it has had a brief period in shipyard for modifications required for the Unocal work.      The new assignment has…

New Board after AGM in HCMC

The Nordic Chamber of Commerce in Ho Chi Minh City elected a new board of directors at its Annual General Meeting in November.      The following members were reelected: Sigmund Stromme, Norway; Arild Haugan, Norway; Anders Moller, Denmark; Peter Svarrer, Denmark; Niels Sundvik, Sweden; Nguyen Thi Mong Ngoc, Sweden.      Elected for the first time to the…

Telenor Mobile signs global MMS deal with Ericssons

Telenor Mobile and Ericsson in December 2002 signed a global framework agreement for Multimedia Messaging Services solutions, the technology that offers enhanced messaging capabilities such as color pictures, photographs, sounds, animations and audio clips. The agreement involves all Telenor Mobile operations in Europe and Asia. Ericsson will provide the MMS platform and related systems as…

Norwegian go go show in Phuket too much

When a Norwegian woman went on stage to give a show together with Thai go go dancers at the Pink Panther bar in Patong’s Soi Seadragon on Phuket it became too much – for a couple of Norwegian tourists! The tourists took pictures of the show and filed a complaint with the police over the “shameful performance”,…

Norway to revive Philippine peace talks

Norway has agreed to try to revive peace talks between the Philippines government and communist rebels. The announcement was made in Oslo in mid-October by Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen after talks with his Philippines counterpart Blas Ople. Mr Ople said he wanted the rebels to renounce political assassinations as a pre-condition for renewed talks…

Norway Funds Vietnam $2 Mln for Fishery Development

Norway has pledged to grant Vietnam 17 million Norwegian crowns, or around $2 million, in non-refundable aid for the second stage of the Study Improvement in the Seafood Research Institute 1 project, which began in 1998. The deal was signed by Deputy Fisheries Minister Nguyen Viet Thang and the Norwegian Ambassador to Vietnam Per Stavnum…

Philipino nurses popular in Norway

An increasing number of Philopino nurses have over the past few years moved to work in Norway, where the demand for nurses exceed the supply with some 5,500 nurses. Generally, the Philipino nurses are popular because of their dedication, charm and attitude to working long hours when needed. Within January to August of this year…