Category: International relations

EFTA and Myanmar sign Joint Declaration of Cooperation

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the Union of Myanmar signed a Joint Declaration of Cooperation (JDC) on June 24, at an EFTA Ministerial meeting in Trondheim, Norway. The meeting was chaired by Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry Trond Giske, who himself visited Myanmar earlier this year. Through the JDC, both sides commit…

Norway supports land loss studies in Vietnam

Southern province of Ca Mau, Vietnam may be at great risk of sinking below sea level in the next few decades. The preliminary results of a joint Norwegian-Vietnamese study show that groundwater pumping may be a major contributing factor. Further work on verifying the preliminary results and identifying measures to mitigate the subsidence is urgent,…

Strong tourism cooperation between Beijing and Copenhagen

Copenhagen Mayor Frank Jensen and Beijing Executive Vice Mayor Li Shixiang on Wednesday 19 June 2013 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on strengthening tourism cooperation between the two capital cities. Under the MoU, the two cities will strengthen the exchanges of expert visits, mutual studies and research of tourism, and engage in information sharing in statistics, destination marketing and travel products promotion. Both sides will also enhance dialogue and cooperation in the legislation and regulation of tourism activities. The two sides also discussed ways of improving the airline connections between the two citiesand the tourist visa facilitation. “The cooperation in tourism involves more than simply increasing the number of tourists.Tourism contributes also to the socio- cultural and economics dynamics further building relations and fostering mutual understanding between people from the two countries,” Li said at the signing ceremony. “The agreement on tourism cooperation will open the door to an increase of Chinese tourists in Copenhagen compared to today. Copenhagen is the preferred city of…

Denmark and Sweden – Avoid a tit-for-tat trade war with China

A group of free-trade-oriented northern European nations urged the EU’s trade chief on Friday to defuse a growing dispute with China or risk a negative spiral that could choke exports. Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands said EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht should find a diplomatic solution with Beijing to avoid a tit-for-tat trade war,…

Nordic Ambassadors’ Luncheon in the Philippines

The Nordic Business Council Philippines (NBCP) gathered the Philippine-Nordic business community for the Nordic Ambassadors’ Luncheon at the New World Makati Hotel Ballroom on Thursday 6 June 6 2013. More than 100 people participated in the event, in presence of the Nordic ambassadors to the Philippines together with DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. After welcome…

China, Finland look to boost parliamentary cooperation

China and Finland on Friday agreed to further their inter-parliamentary cooperation. The agreement was reached as visiting Finnish Parliament Speaker Eero Heinaluoma met with China’s top legislator Zhang Dejiang and top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng on Thursday afternoon in Beijing. In April, leaders of the two countries reached an important consensus on constructing a new…

Norwegian Embassy supports Young Lives study

Supported by the Norwegian Embassy in Vietnam, a new report from Young Lives – an international study of childhood poverty – has recently been launched. The report demonstrates how attending school is only one set of influences on a child’s learning, and that home backgrounds and early childhood development are crucial factors to be considered…

Denmark considers reopening embassy in the Phillipines

Impressed by the political and business reforms the Philippines is undergoing, the government of Denmark is keen on boosting trade and is eyeing “a more permanent presence” other than through its honorary consuls, reports the Inquirer. Danish Ambassador-designate Nicolai Ruge cited a growing interest among Danish investors in the Philippines amid the country’s recent economic…