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Kari Herlevi – Finnish Circular Economy expert shares insights

Finland is aiming at becoming a global circular economy (CE) leader by 2025. As a country it came up with its first CE roadmap in 2016, with the leadership of Sitra, and has organised the annual World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) since 2017.In this regard, Business Finland has also launched a program that supports the…

New Danish ambassadors to China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

All vacant ambassador posts in Asia have now been filled, announced the Danish Foreign Ministry in a mail to ScandAsia 28 February 2020. Five Danish Embassies have now new head of mission, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The new Danish ambassador in China is Thomas Østrup Møller, replacing Carsten Damsgaard. The new ambassador is…

Indonesia teams up with Denmark to become the first Southeast Asian country to adopt circular economy

Indonesia and Denmark, along with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), have launched a new initiative to help Indonesia create the first strategy for a circular economy system – and will therefore be the first Southeast Asian country to adopt the sustainable system of economy. The system will manage resources and waste sustainably, according to…

EU to train non-EU countries how to introduce “novel foods” in EU

The European commission has developed a comprehensive set of laws that govern the authorization of Novel Foods. Novel Foods are defined as those which have not been consumed to any significant extent within Europe prior to May 15th 1997, the date of the first Novel Food legislation (Regulation (EC) No 258/97).   The European Commission’s Directorate…

Swedish authorities to assist ASEAN within auditing

The audit authority of the Kingdom of Sweden has agreed to collaborate with several corresponding authorities from ten Southeast Asian countries through the organization ASEANSAI, reports the Swedish audit authority in a press release. The agreement entails that the Swedish authority contributes to the collaboration with its excellent skills and resources while the authority will…

Sweden-Southeastasia Summit Cancelled

Team Sweden in South East Asia has decided to cancel the “Sweden-Southeast Asia Business Summit” scheduled to be held in Singapore on February 13-14, 2020. The reason is the corona virus outbreak which the Singaporean health authorities have upgraded to Code Orange. That is the second highest alert level (explained here: https://www.moh.gov.sg/diseases-updates/being-prepared-for-a-pandemic ) “In consultation with…

South east asian airlines announce new policies on Corona virus

Various airlines around the world are shifting their change and cancellation policy during the epidemic situation of Coronavirus. Beijing and Shanghai are among the most affected cities, and some airlines have cut service to Hong Kong, a semi autonomous region of the country. Macau has remained largely unaffected. To name a few of airlines in…

New rules for Schengen Visa now active

New EU rules on short-stay visas to the EU – Schengen area came into effect the 2 February 2020. The intention is to make it easier for legitimate travellers to apply for a visa to come to Europe, facilitating tourism, trade and business. At the same time, it will free up resources to be used…

Indonesia to buy Danish ships to strengthen coastal guard patrol

Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto will purchase more warships built in Denmark, possible similar to the Iver Huitfeldt size frigates, which Indonesia bought from Denmark last year. The warships will reportedly be used to guard Indonesia’s outermost waters, including around the Natuna Islands, Indonesian Goverment announced on 17 January 2020. The Natuna sea is currently the…