Scandinavian Jazz in Vietnam

A European Jazz Festival in Vietnam in mid-November is under preparation, involving among others bands or individual musicians from Denmark, Sweden and Norway.       From Denmark, a concert with Alex Riel trio is scheduled for Sunday 9 November in Ho Chi Minh City and in Hanoi on Wednesday 12 November. In Hanoi, the German jazz…

Exports to major ASEAN countries declined Jan-Sept 2003

Norway’s exports of traditional commodities (all commodities excluding ships and oil platforms, for exports also excluding crude oil, natural gas and condensates) to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand all fell during the first nine months of 2003, according to preliminary figures released mid October by Statistics Norway. Degrees of the decline start from slightly 0.6…

New Norwegian priest at work in Bangkok

The new Norwegian priest in Thailand, Mrs. Hilde Sirnes from Lista near Farsund in Norway, officially began her assignment with a sermon at the Christ Church on Convent Road, Bangkok on October 12.      Mrs. Hilde Sirnes replaces Mrs. Gro Haaversen Barth, who returned to Norway at the end of June this year.      She was introduced…

Norway shows off environmental technology at Entech Pollutec Asia

Norwegian Trade Council (NTC), Bangkok was representing Norwegian companies within the environmental sector at Entech Pollutec Asia 2003, which took place at Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) in Bangkok from 24 to 28 July 2003.      The exhibition was officially opened by the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr. Prapat Panyachadluk, together with…

Smedvig strengthening joint venture in Malaysia

Varia Perdana Sdn Bhd – a joint venture between Norwegian offshore drilling contractor Smedvig asa and its Malaysian counterpart Crest Petroleum Bhd – on October 8 entered into agreements to acquire the self-erecting tender rigs T-9 and Teknik Berkat. The total consideration for these two units is US$ 95 million.      Smedvig has 49 percent stake…

Aker Kvaerner achieves safety milestone on Thai project

Aker Kvaerner’s construction work on the 165,000 tonne per year copper smelter and refinery being built for Thai Copper Industries has achieved one million manhours without a lost time accident.      The Norwegian engineering and construction group said in its recent press release that its strong HSE mindset and formal safety programs and procedures, combined with…

Yen Bai receives more aid after new agreement signed

The Swedish Government has agreed to provide 4.3 million USD in non-refundable aid to Yen Bai province’s anti-poverty project for the period 2003-08, reports the news agency VNA.      An agreement on the aid package was signed Monday 13 October by Deputy Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Hoang Xuan Loc and Minister Counsellor Jan-Olov Agrell…