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Storm around supertanker sale to Norway

Indonesia’s state owned oil and gas company Pertamina’s sale of two double-hulled supertankers to Norwegian Frontline has caused an uproar in Indonesia.      The sales process of the ships, started this June, is motivated by much lower operating costs on leased single-hulled supertankers.      But Pertamina’s union has unearthed documents that challenge the company’s explanation, according to…

Gunnar Søiland leaving Bangkok this weekend

Gunnar V. Søiland, Principal Engineer of Norwegian Petroleum Directorate who is based in Bangkok on a regional petroleum policy management project for Southeast Asia, funded by Norwegian Agency for Development (NORAD), is ending his assignment this week.      During his two-year posting in the region, Mr. Søiland has coordinated a number of workshops, open seminars, dissemination…

Skal now at Raffles Place

Skal is relocating from Wheelock Place on Orchard Road, to the heart of Raffles Place at OUB Centre, which is the international crossroad of Singapore. The restaurant will be operational by 28 June 2004 and will serve cosmopolitan audience with Homestyle Meatballs, West Coast Fish Stew, Coldwater Shrimp and Dill sandwich, Salmon and many more…

DiGi appoints new CEO

Telenor’s Malaysian partners, DiGi.com Berhad and DiGi Telecommunications Sdn. Bhd., have appointed Mr. Morten Lundal as Chief Executive Officer, effective from July 26, 2004. He succeeds Mr. Tore Johnsen, who has been seconded to take on the position as Chief Executive Officer of Telenor’s new mobile operation in Pakistan.      “Tore Johnsen and his management team…

Norway honoured for supporting Vietnam’s fishery development

Vietnam’s Ministry of Fisheries on June 12 awarded Per Gullik Starvnum, Norwegian Ambassador to Vietnam, the “For the Cause of Fisheries Industry’s Development” medal, Viet Nam News reported.      Four other officials of the Norwegian Embassy and the Norwegian Agency for Development (Norad) also received the medal.      Norway has, over its 30 years of relations with…

SEB marks 25 years of growth in Singapore

In a simple tree-planting ceremony at the Church of Sweden and the Norwegian Seamen’s Mission, the Singapore branch of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) marked the start of a programme of activities to celebrate 25 years of doing business here.      SEB began operations in Singapore in November 1979 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken,…

Stranded tourist hangs himself

A young Norwegian tourist was found dead in his room at Baan Pornpateep rooming house on Taweewong Road, Patong on June 11.       Thomas Andreassen, 21, attached a rope to the shower head in the bathroom and hung himself after his heart was broken by his Thai girlfriend. Near the body, a letter was found…

Jotun’s big family of colourful penguins expanding further

The Norwegian paint manufacturer, Jotun is a truly global business. Still, each subsidiary operates very much like a local company. This way, Jotun’s international way of operating business is being applied locally within each company within the group.      “Our coporate philosophy is ‘Access and work in the local market’,” explains Mr. Per Harald Engesaeth, Managing…

Nordic Investment Bank helps Vietnamese SMEs

The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) has pledged US$20 million to help Vietnamese small- and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs) to purchase new technology and produce commodities for export. The businesses can apply for the NIB loan through the Bank for Investment and Development of Viet Nam (BIDV) on a long-term credit program.      The loan agreement, which…

NordCham partners enterprises from Scandinavia

At the meeting, members of NordCham reviewed the chamber’s activities last year and discussed the ways for developing its activities next years.      As a Nordic non-profit non-governmental organisation in Vietnam, the activities of NordCham aim to strengthen trade and investment ties between Nordic countries and Vietnam. It is also a forum for Nordic enterprises to…