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Red tape cut course in motion

A public administrative reform scheme with funding from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) will be applied to four provinces in Central Viet Nam between May-December 2003. The provinces are Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Thua Thien Hue. Under the reform programme, they will apply a “one door policy” in granting land use…

Great Outdoors postpones Malaysia office

Danish Interior decoration company Great Outdoors headquartered in Aarhus Denmark has decided to postpone their plans for establishing an office in Kuala Lumpur. Among others because Vietnam has demanded a lot of the company’s attention, Managing Director Soren Thielke Pedersen explains.       “It should also be mentioned that the factories we work with are highly…

Viking Cup moved to September due to SARS

Viking Cup, the annual encounter of all Viking football teams from Asia, has been postponed this year to 25-28 September 2003 due to the uncertainties surrounding the SARS virus.       The defending champion, Singapore Vikings, are organizing this year’s competition which traditionally is held in the Easter weekend. This year due to the outbreak of…

Fredskorpset kickstarts first south–south exchange programme

Twenty young professionals within environmental journalism, fishfarming and seismic studies from nine Asian countries – including Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR – participated in an introductory course in Bangkok to prepare themselves for the first south–south exchange programme of the new Norwegian Fredskorpset (Peace Corps).      This exchange programme is organized by Asia Pacific Forum of…

Jotun ready to pour more investment in Vietnam

Norwegian owned paint producer Jotun Paints Vietnam plans to invest additional US$5 million this year to expand its production facility and subsequently, its capacity to produce 10 million liters annually, up from its current 1.3 million liters.      The company will also this year diversify its products to include paints for residential housing. Currently, it offers…

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…