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Philipino communists in Scandinavia

A representative of the Philippines Ministry of Foreign Affairs will meet the Foreign Ministers and high juristic officials of Denmark, Sweden, Germany, France and Spain during a trip between 14 and 21 October. The purpose of this mission is to convince the EU governments to keep an eye on members of the Communist Party of…

Sweden keen to help Malaysia create a ‘bio-valley’

Sweden is interested to help Malaysia create a “bio-valley” modelled along a similar set-up operating in her southern region, reports The Star. “We have an interesting cluster of bio-tech companies operating in Sweden, and we would very much like to share our ideas on how Malaysia could benefit from our experience,” Swedish Ambassador Bruno Beijer…

23 food shipments from South East Asia halted by Swedish FDA

The Swedish FDA has so far during 2002 detected 23 substandard food shipments from South East Asia, writes the Swedish newsagency, TT. It is mainly crabmeat and shrimps from Thailand and Vietnam that have been halted, containing bacteria such as vibrio and salmonella. The highly poisinuous antibiotic chloramphenichol, which is banned by the EU, has been detected…

Swedish State Secretary opens conference in Bangkok

Swedish State Secretary, Ms. Gun-Britt Andersson, on Monday 7 October 2002 opened the conference “Promoting Gender Equality to Combat Trafficking in Women and Children” in Bangkok. The three-day conference is being co-convened by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) with the support of UN-ESCAP. In her opening…

Sweden leads fight against trafficking in Women

Ms. Gun-Britt Andersson, Swedish State Secretary for Development Cooperation, Migration and Asylum Policy, will on Monday 7 October 2002 open a 2-day conference on Promoting Gender Equality to Combat Trafficking in Women and Children at the United Nations Conference Center, Bangkok. In the afternoon, Mr. Bo Lewin, Professor of Sociology, University of Uppsala, Sweden, will…

Swedish King to Jamboree in Thailand

HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden will participate in the 20th World Scout Jamboree in Thailand in 2003. The King is Honorary Chairman of the World Scouting Foundation. He will be joined by other thousands of scouts who will participate in the Jamboree. The event is held between December 28, 2002 through January 8,…

SIDA funds Laos village wells, toilets

The materials valued at US$ 7,980 were in October handed over by the Public Health Service of Bolikhamsay province to the villagers in Bolikhanh district. At the hand-over ceremony, the chief of the Public Health Service of this central province presented the materials to the district public health chief, who further presented them to village chiefs.…

Swedish Adoption License Scandal in Cambodia

“Cancel Adoption Centre’s (AC) license to adopt from Cambodia!” demands the Embassy of Sweden in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Swedish National Board for Inter-country Adoptions (NIA) issued a license on 20th March 2002 to AC, which is the second largest adoption agency in the world. This decision is now heavily criticised by Sweden’s own representation…

Baby trafficking to Sweden again?

The license by the Swedish National Board for Inter-country Adoptions (NIA) to allow the Swedish Adoptions Centre (AC) to adopt children from Cambodia will for many an eerie reminder of how Swedish organisations and government agencies, not least AC and NIA, acted when similar irregularities with corruption, fraudulent documents and sold or stolen children bound for Sweden…

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…