Category: International relations

China-Norway free trade talks nearing agreement

China and Norway are close to the “final stage” of negotiations for a free-trade agreement, after talks were suspended for about two years following the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to dissident Liu Xiaobo. Assistant Commerce Minister Yu Jianhua said in Beijing yesterday that the two nations were negotiating on the trade deal, but…

Sweden supports student innovation in Malaysia

The Great KL Challenge organized by the cross-border initiative Sweden-Malaysia, triple helix collaboration was supported by SAAB Group, KeTTHa (The Ministry of Energy, Green Technology  and Water), Agensi Inovasi Malaysia, Genovasi, Business Sweden,  Linköping University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the Embassy of Sweden in Kuala Lumpur. The online competition managed by Maria Paulsson…

Indonesian President visits Sweden

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, First Lady Ani Yudhoyono and delegation departed from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta for a six-day state visit to Stockholm, Sweden. After flying for 12 hours from Jakarta via Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, the presidential aircraft was welcomed by a Swedish air force plane upon entering Swedish airspace and…

Swedish Minister for Environment visits Beijing

The Swedish Minister for the Environment Lena Ek will make an official visit to Beijing, Shanghai and Wuxi on May 26-31. An extended Memorandum of Understanding on environmental  cooperation was signed by Minister Lena Ek and her counterpart, Minister of Environmental Protection, Mr. Zhou Shengxian, in correlation to former Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s visit to…

Finland supports Vietnam’s forest management

Finland will grant an ODA (Official Development Assistance) worth US$12.5 million to Vietnam to help develop the country’s management information system for its forest sector. The grant will be made under an agreement signed in Hanoi on 24 May 2013 for the Development of Management Information System for Forestry Sector project – Phase 2 (FORMIS…

Swedish Embassy holds regional workshop on anti-corruption

Organised by the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok and Development of Cooperation Section, Regional Workshop on Anti-Corruption in Asia is held on 22-23 May 2013 at The Sukosol Hotel (formerly Siam City Hotel) on Phayathai road. The two-day event is aimed at raising the awareness of corruption risks and consequences, as well as building the…

Ties between Norway and Indonesia grow stronger

Interest in the Scandinavian state has been growing among Indonesians, with Norwegians reciprocating that interest, says a Norwegian diplomat. More and more Indonesians are eating Norwegian salmon in restaurants and surprisingly, more Indonesian tourists are visiting Norway. “Last year, Indonesia imported 4,000 tons of Norwegian salmon. Now we would like not to just focus on…

Forum Alumni Swedia in Indonesia is officially established

The Indonesian Swedish Alumni Forum is now officially established, as per May 4th, 2013. Alumni Swedia as a group was established as early as 2007. When it was first established as a group, Alumni Swedia was merely in a form of mailing list. In 2008, the Indonesian students in Sweden then re-established Persatuan Pelajar Indonesia…

Denmark participated in media development in Myanmar

On 20-21 May 2013 the 2nd conference on Media Development in Myanmar was held in Yangon. The theme of this year’s conference was “The Role of Media in Democratic Transition: Successes, Challenges and the Way Forward”. The conference was an opportunity for Myanmar government, media companies, journalists, civil society organizations, and international organizations to report…