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Sweden and ASEAN discussion in Stockholm

Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade Ann Linde recently met with six ambassadors to Sweden representing each their ASEAN country. The envoys have organized themselves as Asean Committee in Stockholm (ACS). According to the website Business Mirror, the ACS is chaired by Ambassador of Indonesia to Sweden Bagas Hapsoro, and is composed of ambassadors from Indonesia,…

Countries for and against China’s Xinjiang policies

Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and Finland signed on 8 July 2019, along with 17 other nations, a letter addressed to the president of the UN Human Rights Council and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calling on China to end its massive detention program in Xinjiang. The letter expressed concern about “credible reports of…

Laos’ Foreign Minister visited Norway

On June 28, delegation from Laos’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs led by Foreign Minister of the Lao PDR Saleumxay Kommasith visited Oslo, Norway for Norway-Lao bilateral consultations. As a part of the visit, Loas’s Minister Kommasith and the delegation attended the meeting where they met with Norway’s Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide and Norway’s Minister of…

Let’s take a look at what happened in Swedish National Day across SEA

The 6th of June every year is always a great day for all Swedes to wave their blue and yellow flags as a way of celebrating their Nationaldagen or Swedish National Day. Swedes annually celebrate their National Day in commemoration of two historical events: King Gustav Vasa’s coronation taking place on June 6, 1523 and…

Norway’s ambassador Laos attended landmines seminar

Grete Løchen, Norway’s Ambassador to Vietnam and Laos attended the ‘Regional Seminar on Landmines, Cluster Munitions and Explosive Remnants of War’ in Vientiane, Lao PDR. With the support of Norway, the seminar was hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lao PDR. Apart from the…

Norway’s Ambassador and Minister visited Laos

Grete Løchen, Norway’s Ambassador to Vietnam together with Dag-Inge Ulstein, Norway’s Minister of International Development and delegations paid a courtesy visit to Vientiane, Laos on Friday, 29 March 2019 to meet with representatives from Laos’ government as well as Norway’s organizations working in Laos. Løchen and Ulstein started their day in the capital of Laos…

Denmark takes pole position as Singapore initiates ‘Infrastructure Asia’

‘Infrastructure Asia’ (IA) is one of the Singapore Government’s most recent and very important initiatives (launched during its presidency of ASEAN in 2018, at the 8th Asia-Singapore Infrastructure Roundtable) – an entity put up to support Asia’s economic and social growth through infrastructure development. Denmark in Singapore has immediately responded to this by engaging and…

Norway’s seafood council appoints new envoy to SE Asia

The Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) appoints Asbjorn Warvik Rortveit as a new envoy to represent the country’s seafood interests in Southeast Asia. Asbjorn Warvik Rortveit will replace Jon Erik Steenslid, the current holder of the position at the end of this summer. For the past 10 years, Rortveit has been serving as a member of…

Norway takes over presidency of Mine Ban Treaty

On 30 November, Norway took over the presidency of the multilateral Mine Ban Treaty. Currently, Norway is funding mine action in 18 countries including Vietnam and Laos. The Norwegian presidency will take as its point of departure the humanitarian aspect of the treaty, according to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “This treaty is an…