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Sweden funds VN poverty reduction project

Sweden funded 210 billion VND under the project entitled “Sharing” for the Ministry of Planning and Investment to organize a training course on building a socio-economic development plan in the central province of Quang Tri in Viet Nam.       The training course was held in August, where nearly 100 communal officials in Vinh Linh and…

More smuggling of cigarettes to Norway

The smuggling of cigarettes to Norway is showing a strong increase. The statistics indicate that most of them come from the Far East, namely Vietnam, the Philippines and Singapore.       For the past eight months of 2004, Norwegian customs officers have confiscated 7.3 million cigarettes, where the figure was only 2.8 million in the same…

Sweden aids health care projects in Viet Nam

The Swedish government grants non-refundable aid of 48 million SEK (6.154 million USD) in July to a project on health care for poor people in Tay Nguyen, the Central Highlands of Viet Nam.       The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Vietnamese government together provided the sum of 30.58…

Norwegian, Swedish bands set to perform in Bangkok music fest

Urban Connection, from Norway and Swedish Jazz Kings are to perform at the Bangkok’s sixth annual International Music and Dance Festival this coming 6 October 2004 at Thailand Cultural Center.       The International Music and Dance Festival features more than 700 artists, musicians and dancers from Norway, Sweden, Uzbekistan, the Netherlands, Russia, Australia, the US,…

Norwegian expert assists implementation of NiE Indonesia

A Norwegian expert in NiE (Newspaper in Education) has played an important role in setting up a programme to promote the use of newspapers in classrooms among teachers, educators, and newspaper publishers in Indonesia.       Jan Vincens Steen, the Norwegian NiE expert initiated Indonesia’s NiE programme by getting the newspaper publishers’ association in the country…

Denmark and Sweden help Vietnam preserve cultural legacy

The Denmark-Vietnam Cultural Fund and the Sweden-Vietnam Cultural Fund together make an effort to reconstruct and preserve the Vietnamese cultural patrimony, which has been left unprotected from the climate in various parts of the country.       Viet Nam is a culturally rich country, which has more than ten thousand villages and each has at least…

Experts to discuss renewable energy

Former Indonesian environment minister and chairman of the World Summit on Sustainable Development Preparatory Council Prof. Emil Salim will join over 40 other experts on renewable energy at an environmental forum meeting, which will begin on Thursday August 26, 2004 in Stockholm, Sweden.       The three-day meeting, known as the Asia-Europe Environment Forum 3rd Roundtable,…