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PM arrives to Bangkok

Prime Minister Göran Persson arrived Wednesday in Bangkok for an official visit to Thailand which lasts until Friday.      The bilateral talks are held on Thursday, primarily at a meeting with his Thai counterpart Thaksin Shinawatra.      High on the Swedish agenda are economic cooperation and Swedish investment projects, political cooperation areas and how to continue with…

Stay out of four southern provinces

Avoid traveling to the Thai southern provinces Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani and Satun, recommends the Swedish embassy in Bangkok its citizens.      The recommendation cames after attacks by so far unknown groups on a military base and burning of 20 schools in Narathiwat during the weekend.      Thailand has introduced martial law in the provinces and will not…

Swedish researchers lead fight for new malaria drugs

A Swedish summer without mosquitoes is no summer. But such familiarity with the bloodsucking insect does not explain why Niklas Lindegardh and his fiancée Anna Annerberg are key persons in a malaria drug research project that aims to release new and better medicines against this dangerous disease.      Instead it is the leading role in worldwide…

Jotun selects IFS, Accenture to supply new business applications

Jotun A/S, Norway, one of the world’s major paint manufacturers, has selected Swedish component-based business application developer IFS and global management consulting firm Accenture to deliver and implement an extensive suite of business applications that will support most of Jotun’s main business processes.      The ERP software will be implemented in Jotun’s Scandinavian operations first, with…

SIDA’s support for environmental protection in Vietnam

The Environment Fund of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SEF), has over the past two years provided US$308,000 to fund environmental protection projects in Vietnam, according to figure released at the forum “Localities’ Participation in Environmental Protection Activities” held in Hanoi on Friday, December 19.      These SEF-funded projects aim to raise public awareness and…

SIDA provides vehicles to clean water supply projects in Laos

The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) on December 17 handed over two pick-up trucks worth US$36,000 to clean water supply projects in Khammouane and Sayabouly provinces, Laos.      The hand-over ceremony was held at the Environmental Sanitation and Water Supply Centre. The pick-up trucks were presented by the representative of SIDA to the Deputy Head of…

IFS sets up Asean territory in 2004 organisation revamp

The Swedish software provider IFS, one of the world’s leading Enterprise Resource Planning systems suppliers, divides its Asia Pacific operations into four ‘territories’ next year: Australia and New Zealand, Asean, China and South Asia.      The area is being split into four territories primarily because of differences in IT adoption maturity, similarities in language and business…

New adoption treaty signed

The negotiations between Sweden and Vietnam on an agreement regarding adoptions were completed the week before Christmas.      A signing ceremony, were representatives from the two countries took part, was held at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in Stockholm. The treaty will later be signed by Sweden’s and Vietnam’s governments.      “It is very encouraging…

TOT purchases Viking system

The Thai state owned telephone operator TOT has through its local cooperation partners Napakorn and Kanokkit purchased Viking Telecom’s SMS server platform SMSS.      The order value for this first contract to Thailand is around SEK 5 million, according to Viking Telecom which is a Swedish company listed on the Stockholm stock exchange.      SMSS is a…