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Gregers Møller

Editor-in-Chief • ScandAsia Publishing Co., Ltd. • Bangkok, Thailand

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…

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…

Norway, Lao find ways to fight drugs, criminals

Norwegian and Lao officials recently discussed ways to disseminate anti drug information and improve the criminal law in a high calibre meeting.      The gathering was part of a visit to Laos on February 7-12 by a Norwegian delegation led by Mr Trond Heelland, President of the Judicial Commission of the Parliament of the Kingdom of…

Declining number of Scandinavian in Thailand

The number of foreigners from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland living in Thailand declined last year compared to 2001.      The number of Scandinavians classified by the Thai immigration authorities as living in Thailand went down from 3654 persons in 2001 to 2905 persons in 2002, a drop of 20 percent.      By year end 2002, the…

Swedish State Visit to Thailand

Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden will be paying a state visit to Thailand from 25 February until 1 March 2003 at the invitation of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand. The programme includes, inter alia, visits to Bangkok, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai and Chiang Rai.      The Swedish…

Indonesia given more time to pay back debt

The Danish Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr. Geert A. Andersen and Mr. Anshari Ritongga, Director General of Budget, Ministry of Finance have signed an agreement between the two countries on rescheduling of Indonesia’s debt to Denmark. The signing of the agreement took place on February 5th 2003 in Jakarta.      The total amount being rescheduled is approximately…

Smedvig to build new tender rig in Southeast Asia

Smedvig has entered into an agreement with Malaysia Shipyard and Engineering Sdn Bnd in South Malaysia for the purpose of building a new self erecting tender rig. The new unit is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter 2004, and capital expenditure is estimated to approximately US$67 million,including the derrick equipment set.      The tender rig…

SSS Garden Party 2003

Some 120 Danes, Swedes, Norwegian and Finns enjoyed the annual Garden Party, which took place Saturday 1st of February in the lovely garden of the Danish Ambassador Mr. Ulrik Helweg-Larsen and his wife Christina Helweg-Larsen.      The setting was beautiful, the sky clear with shining stars, and the buffet dinner had a Scandinavian touch. The music,…

Smedvig to build new tender rig in Southeast Asia

Smedvig has entered into an agreement with Malaysia Shipyard and Engineering Sdn Bhd in South Malaysia for the purpose of building a new self erecting tender rig. The new unit is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter 2004, and capital expenditure is estimated to approximately US$ 67 million,including the derrick equipment set.      The tender…