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Swedish gives Vietnam 2.5 Mill. US-dollars

Sweden will provide 24.5 million Swedish krona (US$2.5 million) in non-refundable aid to Vietnam to help the latter implement a ten-year socio-economic development strategy (2001-2010) and study anti-corruption solutions. Two agreements to this effect were signed in Hanoi yesterday by Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Vu Huy Hoang and Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam Marie…

Swedish booth at Expo 2002 in Vietnam

Sweden will be among the seven foreign commercial services who will have a booth at the Expo 2002 to be held by the Ho Chi Ming City’s Department of Trade from October 9-14, 2002. The others are Australia, New Zealand, Italy, and the Indian and American Chambers of Commerce, as well as Hong Kong Trade…

Finnair aiming for business travellers

Mr. Jarkko Harmala, Finnair’s new Sales Manager for Thailand and Australia, will be going more actively for among others the local business community flying frequently to Scandinavia. “One of my goals is to make Scandinavian and Thai business travelers discover, experience and use Finnair’s new business class to Europe. It is the best one available…

Phuket remains top Swedish destination

Phuket remaintains a top spot for Swedish travellers according to reports from Swedish tour organizers. In an interview with Star Tours, Thai daily Poochatgarn writes that this operator alone brought some 30,000 Scandinavian tourists to Phuket during the last high season from November 2001 until April this year. Star Tours’ Phuket bookings for this season…

Sweden sets up Environment Office in Bangkok

Sweden’s official presence in Thailand has been strengthened with the decission to locate the Swedish Environmental Secretariat in Asia at the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok. “The secretariat, which is funded by Sida, will soft-start in August, along with a new function as Regional Adviser for Humanitarian Assistance and Conflict Management as well as the…

IKEA Singapore popular lunch restaurant

IKEA in Singapore is more crowded than ever, especially around lunchtime on weekdays, despite not being located downtown. The popular restaurant is so packed at noon that IKEA has posted walkie-talkie equipped queue handlers to speed up the process of getting people to the tables. “It works just fine, a few minutes and you are…

Denmark, Sweden support Mekong Plan

At the first meeting of the Lao National Basin Development Plan Sub-committee, held on July 17 in Vientiane, Mr Boriboun Manolom, Director of General of the LNMC Secretariat said that among others Denmark and Sweden support the basin development plan by US$ 6.16 million. There are nine projects in the BDP to develop the Mekong…

Foreign donors back forestry vision

(VNS)- International donors and non-government organisations yesterday backed Viet Nam’s forestry development strategy and promised financial and technical assistance to help it become reality. Nineteen international organisations will pour funds into nine key areas of the Forest Sector Support Programme (FSSP), although they have yet to put a figure on the actual sum. The donors…

Skanska and Gammon merged in Asia

This March Gammon, Asia’s leading construction services group, merged with Skanska’s Asian operations and changed its name to Gammon Skanska Limited. The new construction giant is 50 percent owned by Skanska AB and 50 percent owned by Jardine Matheson. Skanska AB is the third largest construction provider in the world with an annual turnover of…