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Hifab wins ADB Mongolia order

Swedec International, a company in the Hifab group of companies, has won a USD 800,000.00 project in Mongolia, co financed by the Asian Development Bank, ADB, in Manila and the Nordic Development Fund, NDF.       The 18-month project is named Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Development for the Unemployed and Poor and the customer is the…

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…

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…

Metro Manila solid waste management project get Sida support

Sida, the Swedish international development cooperation, has decided to inject SEK 3 million in a project which will enable citizens in Manila’s local communities, barangays, to better deal with the huge amounts of solid waste generated there.      Daily over 6,000 tons, or 10,000 cubic metres, of solid waste are generated in Metro Manila where some…

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:…

Nordic Investment Bank – a credit resource for Scandinavian SME’s in Asia

Have you got a great idea, product or service and the company to deliver it but lack the funds to make it all happen?      Then maybe you should talk to the Nordic Investment Bank, NIB, a low-key institution for Nordic companies doing business in Asia and elsewhere.      And you don’t need to be big to…

More Swedish companies get ADB projects – potential to sign contracts for USD 5 Million during 2003

“Several companies from Sweden are short listed for ADB projects,” says Mr.Lars Andreasson, Minister at the Swedish embassy in Manila and responsible for ADB contacts.      “Just recently Hifab won a USD 800 000 consulting contract in Afghanistan. It is reasonable to believe that the outcome of ADB deals to Swedish businesses 2003 will be considerably…

Hifab gets USD 740,000 contract via ADB in Manila

Hifab from Sweden has signed a contract with Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila to the amount of USD 740,000 for Capacity Building of the Ministry of Education in Afghanistan.      The contract was signed on 11 February 2003 after months of intense competition with many international firms.      “The contract shows that Swedish firms are competitive…