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Laos to improve SIDA-funded statistical project

Laos’s National Statistical Centre (NSC) is planning to increase its capability in order to improve the quality of data collected on the population’s household expenditure under the project funded by Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).      SIDA has financially supported NSC’s project to collect data on Lao’s household expenditure since the beginning in 1992. The project…

Nordcham introduces new website

The new website of the Nordic Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam as an integrated part of the new ScandAsia.com concept was officially launched on Friday 14 February at a reception and buffet dinner at Le Restaurant D’Arthur on Han Thuyen Street in Hanoi.       More than 60 people participated in the event, including the Ambassadors…

Swedish inspiration for environmental protection

Laotian Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office Bountieng Phisamay recently visted Sweden to study Swedish education and environmental protection. Upon his return, Mr. Bountieng Phisamay urged the development industry not to forsake Laos’ natural heritage.      The minister suggested that government socio-economic development policyneeds to be implemented in such away that the environment is protected. He…

Sweden’s Navy Chief visited Singapore

The Inspector-General of the Royal Swedish Navy, Rear-Admiral Jorgen Ericsson, paid in early February a 4-day introductory visit to Singapore.      During his visit, Rear-Admiral Jorgen Ericsson called on Education Minister and Second Defence Minister Rear-Admiral Teo Chee Hean. A statementm issued by the Defence Ministry said that Rear-Admiral Ericsson’s visit underscored the good defence relations…

Bombardier makes Thai base its Asian HQ

Bombardier Transportation (Signal) Sweden AB is confident in promoting its Thai office as a regional engineering hub to serve potential train-signalling projects in Asia.      Bangkok Post quoted Mr. Staffan Hakanson, president of Bombardier Transportation Sweden as saying that the Thai base would assist in a number of signalling works of Bombardier Transportation worldwide.      “Thailand is…

Swedish drug buster in Thailand

Globalization is the word that has been on everybody’s lips for quite a while. To most people it mainly concerns economical matters. But to most polices around the globe it also means that new crime constellations are formed and that numerous crimes and criminals becomes harder to trace.      The Scandinavian police and customs force started…

Sweden joins Philippine National CFC Phaseout Plan

On the Philippines’ local front of global war against harmful ozone-depleting substances (ODS), Sweden has joined the World Bank in helping the country implement a landmark chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) phaseout plan.      The Philippines is gearing up to fulfil its commitment to gradually phase out CFC use by 2010, as a signatory to the Montreal Protocol on…

Millicom to tango in Lao mobile market

Three local telecom companies has been offering fixed and mobile phones in Laos, but now the fourth competitor, a Swedish, has entered the mobile business with some trendy new services.      “Text messages (SMS) and voice messages are special services offered only by our company,” said Mr Ronny Melander, the Swedish General Manager of Millicom Lao…

Declining number of Scandinavian in Thailand

The number of foreigners from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland living in Thailand declined last year compared to 2001.      The number of Scandinavians classified by the Thai immigration authorities as living in Thailand went down from 3654 persons in 2001 to 2905 persons in 2002, a drop of 20 percent.      By year end 2002, the…