Category: Blog & Opinion

Hefei-Narvik train shipment has potential to be alternative route to shipping industry

The shipping container was loaded on a train in the Chinese city of Hefei in in mid-July 2020. Less than two weeks later, it had made it through Kazakhstan and Russia, and all the way to Finland. In Helsinki, the container was sent north and then westwards across the border to Norway. On 4 August…

The sacrifice of 2020

It is clear by now, that the Covid-19 virus is here to stay. There is no “beating it” there is only “live with it”. This was actually clear from the first introduction of the various lockdown measures worldwide. The majority of people liked to believe that we were “fighting the virus”, but government experts around…

International Cooperation and Solidarity – a key to address any global crisis

OP-ED by NORWAY’S AMBASSADOR TO VIETNAM, H.E. GRETE LØCHEN We all entered the New Year 2020 with ambitious plans and hopes, as it marked the beginning of a new decade. This year, Vietnam is assuming a dual role as the Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and a non-permanent member of the…

The feeling of being an actress/actor in a science fiction movie!

Life is getting harder and harder every day for all of us. It’s difficult to “take in” this surreal situation. You have a feeling of being part of a science fiction movie. You hear news and specialists analyzing the Covid19 every day, from morning until evening and it’s so difficult to know who is right…

Vietnamese economist praised Sweden for transparency

A Vietnamese economist praised Sweden for governance transparency. His vision in keeping records of  government officials’ spending will help improve in many areas. Dr. Le Dang Doahn, a former member of the United Nations Development Policy Committee and a respected Vietnamese economist opined in Vnexpress on 2nd January 2019 that said: In many international organizations,…

Longest serving Malaysia PM suggests Finland’s youngest PM combine advice from elders, young ideas

Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad, the world’s oldest serving premier, suggested it would be a good idea for the world’s youngest prime minister, Finland’s Sanna Marin, to ask elders for their advice. “While we believe in the idealism of young people, it is also important  for them to consider the experience of the old people,” Mahathir, 94,…

Blockchain – Crypto: faster adoption than mobiles, or 1931 all over again!

There are many trends within financial technology of interest during 2018. But what we saw during the last quarter 2017, and regardless of where in the world it was, that the absolutely largest trend was Blockchain. This will continue during the whole year – with the three following components. Crypto currencies The man on the…

Opinion: The blue eyed fundamentalists

The Benefit of the Doubt Scandinavian* politicians truly believe they know how to make things better here in South East Asia; when I learn about their ideas for the future and see the projects they suggest implemented in our region I am baffled. Try to listen to Scandinavian politicians or officials on visit. These most innocent looking blue…