Category: International relations

City of Changsha and Swedish Embassy in cooperation agreement

  In mid-January, the Swedish Ambassador Lars Fredén led a business delegation to Changsha, capital of Hunan province. 11 Swedish companies in sustainable urban development and environmental technology, joined the delegation together with representatives from the Embassy of Sweden, Business Sweden (Swedish Trade Council) and the Government Offices of Sweden’s secretariat for international environmental technology…

Danish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee visited Myanmar

[wzslider autoplay=”true”] On January 20-25, The Danish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee visited Myanmar, where they met with the Parliament, political parties and civil society groups. The program of the 6-day visit was very comprehensive and gave the Foreign Affairs Committee opportunities to discuss political and development issues in Myanmar with a broad range of people…

Vietnam’s Minister of Justice welcomed new Swedish Ambassador

Swedish Ambassador Camilla Mellander had an official meeting with Vietnam’s Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong on Jan 15 as her new post in the country has started. The Swedish Ambassador expressed that Sweden highly appreciated the longstanding relationship with Vietnam and pointed out that the cooperation in the legal sector played an important part of…

Swedish and Chinese Ministers discussed agricultural cooperation in Beijing

During his official visit to China, Swedish Minister Eskil Erlandsson for Rural Affairs on Jan. 23 met with China’s Minister of Agricultural Han Changfu in Beijing. The two sides exchanged views on boosting China-Sweden agricultural cooperation. Minister Han noted that China and Sweden are at different stages of agricultural development, highly complementary in agriculture, and enjoy…

Vietnamese Minister’s official welcome to Swedish Ambassador

Senior Lt. Gen. Tran Dai Quang, Vietnam’s Minister of Public of Public Security, on Jan 22 warmly welcomed Ambassador Mellander to Vietnam and congratulated her as the first Ambassador stationed in Hanoi after the decision of retaining the embassy was made in 2011. Senior Lieutenant General Minister Quang could foresee the busy agenda from Ambassador Mellander…

Vietnam, Sweden help Mekong farmers fight climate change’s impact

The Vietnamese Association for the Conservation of Nature (VACNE) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) launched a new initiative on Jan 22-23 aiming to help farmers in the Mekong and Red River deltas fight consequences from global warming . The Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) will provide the project with financial support and guidance that…

Finnish Minister visited Central Vietnam

Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala flew to Danang in central Vietnam on January 26 to examine the city’s investment environment, reported Vietnam Net. Hautala, who is being accompanied by a number of Finnish businesses, is visiting Vietnam at the invitation of the Ministry of Planning and Investment. At a meeting with Danang Vice Mayor…

China calls on Norway to improve ties

A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called on Norway to take concrete steps to create conditions for improving bilateral ties, saying mending relations is up to Norway. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the appeal at a daily press briefing, when asked whether Norway’s latest stance supporting China’s bid for permanent observer status…

Vietnam’s third round of free trade negotiations

Delegations from the EFTA states and Vietnam met from January 14-17 in Hanoi for a third round of negotiations of a comprehensive free trade agreement. Expert meetings were held for all the covered areas under the meeting round. Negotiations are still in an early phase and most of the time was used to learn more…

EU and Singapore ink landmark free-trade deal

EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang, have completed final negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union and Singapore. The agreement reached is one of the most comprehensive the EU has ever negotiated and will create new opportunities for companies from Europe…