Nordcham introduces new website

The new website of the Nordic Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam as an integrated part of the new ScandAsia.com concept was officially launched on Friday 14 February at a reception and buffet dinner at Le Restaurant D’Arthur on Han Thuyen Street in Hanoi.       More than 60 people participated in the event, including the Ambassadors…

New Swedish assistance to Burmese refugees in Thailand

Sweden’s government decided 13 February to commission the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency to enter into an agreement with Diakonia, a Swedish development assistance agency, on humanitarian assistance to the Burmese refugees in Thailand.      The two-year assignment will include the supply of food, shelter, medicines and education to the value of SEK 57.1 million.      Burmese…

Fingerprint Cards selects reseller in Singapore

The Swedish biometric company Fingerprint Cards signed a distributor license agreement early February with Autostar Technology Pte in Singapore.      Based on Autostar’s long experience in the biometric industry, the Swedish company plans to market and sell Fingerprint Cardsด technology in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia as well as develop end user solutions and products based on…

PM comments on Danish CEO’s departure

The recent sudden departure of Flemming Jacobs, a 59-year-old Dane who headed Singapore’s state-linked shipping company Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), has sparked a comment from Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong.      “I am unhappy (with the news) because it creates an impression that Singapore doesn’t welcome foreign talent, but that impression must be removed,” the 61-year-old…

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…

Bombardier makes Thai base its Asian HQ

Bombardier Transportation (Signal) Sweden AB is confident in promoting its Thai office as a regional engineering hub to serve potential train-signalling projects in Asia.      Bangkok Post quoted Mr. Staffan Hakanson, president of Bombardier Transportation Sweden as saying that the Thai base would assist in a number of signalling works of Bombardier Transportation worldwide.      “Thailand is…

Dane to invest in local Indonesian airport

A Danish investor has according to the newspaper Bisnis Indonesia pledged US$17 million in soft loans to the district administration of Kutai Timur in Indonesia to finance expansion of the Sangkimah air terminal. The identity of the investor is so far unknown.      Rudy E Kurniawan, an executive from a tourism company owned by the district…

Sweden joins Philippine National CFC Phaseout Plan

On the Philippines’ local front of global war against harmful ozone-depleting substances (ODS), Sweden has joined the World Bank in helping the country implement a landmark chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) phaseout plan.      The Philippines is gearing up to fulfil its commitment to gradually phase out CFC use by 2010, as a signatory to the Montreal Protocol on…