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New SBA board elected

The Swedish Business Association in Jakarta, Indonesia, elected a new board at the recent AGM at the Shangri La hotel in Jakarta.      Ilpo Saarisivu, SKF, was elected new Chairman while his predecessor Per Brandt, Perstorp, became vice Chairman.      Otherwise the main positions are unchanged from 2004, i e with Per Thuresson, Lux, Treasurer, Michael Olsson,…

Freivalds in Jakarta

Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Laila Freivalds, visits the Indonesian capital Jakarta 9-10 March. She is there to attend the 15th EU-Asean Foreign Minister meeting.      Among the main topics to be brought up in Jakarta are the recent tsunami, EU-Asean cooperation and international issues like the situation in the Middle East, Korea and Burma.      Laila Freivalds will…

Sweden takes part in anti corruption conference

Sida, Swedish International Development Agency, contributes with one or two participants in the 7-8 April international anti corruption conference in Jakarta, Indonesia.      The topic is how to prevent corruption when the tsunami aid funds, goods and services are distributed.      Indonesia’s government hosts the conference which will have representatives from the six worst affected countries attending:…

Swedish TV channel checks out potential in Asia

A Swedish TV channel broadcasting all over Asia. That may be a reality later this year if the business potential is there.      SVT Europa, a 24 hour TV channel for Swedes abroad, run by public service operator Swedish Television has sent out a letter to Swedish organisations all over Asia trying to gauge the interest…

Pulp & Paper road show in April

Late April, the Swedish Trade Council’ s Pulp & Paper Technology group and Swedish Environmental Technology Network arrange technical seminars and business meetings in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.      The road show, featuring prominent pulp & paper industry players from Sweden, focuses on talks about modernization, expansion and environmental issues with key persons in the…

Helsinki hosted Aceh talks

Helsinki hosted in January a new round of talks between the Indonesian government and rebel leaders from Aceh Province to consider a possible cease-fire and to reopen the peace process which has been stalled since May 2003.      Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in Jakarta that he hoped to win peace by offering ”special autonomy…

Puppeteers perform in Jakarta

On 24-25 February will Teater Studio in Jakarta host Sweden’s famous puppeteer, professor Michael Meschke, who along with artists from Folkteatern in Gävle will perform a puppet adaptation of The Little Prince by the French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery.      Michael Meschke began touring the world performing puppet theatre shows in the 1970’s. He visited Jakarta…

Tsunami alert via mobile phones investigated

The Swedish company MedDay is consulting with scientists in the geological science department at Uppsala University about developing a tsunami warning system adapted for mobile phone use.      MedDay draws on its experience from a bird flu alert system which sends warning messages over mobile phones.      “We lack resources to man our seismographs 24 hours a…

SBA kicks off 2005

The Swedish Business Association, SBA, in Jakarta kicks off the new year with two own events and one in cooperation with the Nordic countries.      On January 19th SBA arranges a half day labour regulation crash course at the Aryaduta hotel. Speakers are Yulius Indra P. Darnadi from Ongko Sidharta & Partners and Michael Olsson from…

Earthquake and Tidal Waves Disaster — news as it breaks

27.12.04 2.30 Norwegian couple thought they had lost their 24 year old son to the wave off Patong beach on Phuket. But eventually they found him – with broken toes and an injured knee – but alive.      “First the water withdrew from the beach untill even the corals were above water. We took our cameras…