Business in Asia: Agriculture, fishing, forestry news

Import of Norwegian seafood remains solid in Thailand

Thailand still imports Norwegian seafood despite the pandemic with Norwegian Salmon at the top of the list. A new report from the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) shows that the export of salmonids to Thailand has remained solid through the pandemic. The new figures show that it’s only seen a 1 percent decline in the volume…

The Royal Danish embassy released a documentary of King Frederik IX inaugurating Thai-Danish Dairy Farm

On 16 January 2021 the Royal Danish Embassy in Bangkok released a documentary of the Royal Visit of King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid to Thailand during which King Frederik IX inaugurated the the Thai-Danish Dairy Farm. The message says: On this day, an auspicious ceremony took place as part of the official opening of…

EU and Cambodia discuss development priorities

Cambodia and the EU met virtually recently to consult on development priorities between Cambodia and The EU. Present at the meeting was Chhieng Yanara, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister and Secretary-General of CRDB of the Council for Development of Cambodia and the EU Delegation to Cambodia led by Franck Viault, Minister Counsellor and Head…

Malaysia to file WTO lawsuit against EU

Malaysia plans to file a lawsuit on 15 January against the European Union (EU) on the trade bloc’s policy to phase out palm oil-based biofuels imports to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by 2030. Datuk Dr. Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister said at a press conference at the Palm Oil Economic…

Finnwatch calls out Finnish firms for “unsustainable” cinnamon sourcing in Indonesia

According to a new report recently released by Finnwatch, a Finnish civic organization focused on global corporate responsibility, logging related to harvesting cinnamon threatens Indonesian biodiversity.  Finnwatch examined the origin of cinnamon sold in the Finnish market from Finnish companies such as Meria and Paulig and how its sustainability is monitored. Most of Meira and…

Danish embassy Singapore planted 2040 trees across Asia

“We are now carbon neutral!” announced the Royal Danish Embassy in Singapore on 3 December 2020. “In what could be seen as an early Christmas gift to the environment, the embassy has planted 2040 trees through local reforestation projects across Asia to protect biodiversity and create jobs in some of the region’s poorest areas. While…

Denmark commits additional USD 720,000 to Climate Adaption for Coastal Communities programme in Myanmar

Denmark has committed additional USD 720,000 to further strengthen the efforts of the Myanmar Forest Department in fostering resilience of coastal communities in Rakhine and Taninthayi against the adverse impacts of climate change. The commitment was made by the Danish Ambassador, Mr John Nielsen at the Steering Committee Meeting for the Danish-funded Programme on Climate…

EU Ambassador visited companies in Vientiane VITA Park Special Economic Zone

In order to further promote trade and investment between Laos and EU, EU Ambassador, Ms Ina Marciulionyte led a delegation comprised of representatives from EU member states, Ministries, LNCCI and ECCIL EuroCham Laos to the Vientiane Industry and Trade Area Special Economic Zone (VITA Park). Prior to a visit to ECCIL EuroCham member, Mascot International…

Vietnam signed the Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement (ERPA) with the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF)

23 October 2020 the Norwegian embassy in Vietnam released a statement on the success of the new partnership on carbon emission subject, that said: Congratulations to Vietnam on the signing of the Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement (ERPA) with the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). Our Deputy Head of Mission Mr Jan Wilhelm Grythe…

Sweden grants Covid-19 relief funds to Cambodia

On 20 October 2020 the Embassy of Sweden announced a COVID-19 response package to financially support rural communities in Cambodia through tree planting activities. The initiative aims to engage over 1,600 rural households in Pursat and Siem Reap provinces to plant local trees, establish nurseries, and participate in other conservation activities across the country. This…