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Vietnam Denies Norwegian Group the Right to Visit Monk

Earlier this week, the Bergen-based human rights organization Rafto Foundation announced that Vietnam has denied a visa to chairman Arne Lynngaard, who wanted to deliver the group’s human rights’ prize 2006 to the monk, Venerable Thich Quang Do of the outlawed United Buddhist Church of Vietnam.      According to the Rafto Foundation, they received a…

Cambodia Improves Its Land Registration with Help from Finland

Cambodia’s Ministry of Urbanization and Construction will use the money to adopt modern information technology, strengthen public awareness, and increase community participation in the sector of land registration, the chief of the Minister’s Cabinet, Mr. Mean Chanvanny, told local media on Saturday.     Finland’s generousity was praised by Cambodia’s Minister of Urbanization and Construction, Im Chun…

Swedish Praise for Vietnamese Newspaper

The meeting took place on Wednesday this week, as representatives from SIDA met with representatives from the newspaper Thanh Nien and the Vietnamese government in Ho Chi Minh City. The meeting was marked by an exchange of praise and compliments from both sides.     Eva Asplund, who is head of SIDA’s Asia Department, expressed her appreciation…

Finnish Elevator Giant Ups the Stakes in Vietnam

KONE’s investment in Thien Nam, which is one of Vietnam’s largest elevator companies, strengthens the cooperation between the two companies – a cooperation which began as a distributorship for Vietnam and Cambodia last year.     The investment comes at a lucrative time for Finnish-owned KONE, as the Vietnamese market currently is undergoing rapid growth – especially…

New Carlsberg Director in Malaysia

Carlsberg’s shuffle of national directors seems to continue in 2007. In November last year, Carlsberg decided to put fresh faces in charge of their operations in Denmark and Turkey – and now, Malaysia is added to that list. Carlsberg’s top management has decided to appoint Soren Holm Jensen as the new administrative director in Malaysia,…

Sweden Funds Bio-diversity Preservation in Central Vietnam

The project – which the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has decided to co-fund along with the Dutch Poverty Reduction Cooperation Fund – will be implemented in the provinces of Quang Nam and Quang Tri under the management and technical assistance of the Asian Development Bank.     The project is aimed at preserving biodiversity, eliminating…

Denmark Helps Thailand Investigate Bangkok Bomb Attacks

The Danish experts are helping Thai police forces analyze various surveillance camera tapes, confirms Anupong Paochinda from the Department of Special Investigation in Bangkok in an interview with the Thai newspaper The Nation.     The bombs went off on New Year’s Eve, killing three and leaving around 30 people injured – among these, at least eight…