Category: International relations

Norway to fund island’s renewable energy

The Norwegian Embassy in Jakarta will provide approx. $2 million dollars to the Sumba “Iconic Island Initiative” to help scale up access to energy on the island using mostly renewable energy resources. The Sumba Iconic Island Initiative is led by Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources with support from HIVOS, a Dutch non-governmental organization,…

Indonesia, Finland to renew biomass pact

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Indonesia and Finland have agreed to continue their collaboration on developing biomass as an alternative source of energy, in particular, as a source of electric power. “Indonesia and Finland agreed to cooperate on biomass development for the period 2011-2014,” said Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik after…

Chinese music resounds through Finnish parliament

Harmonious folk music from an ancient Chinese harp reverberated Wednesday afternoon through the main building of Finnish parliament, a place often packed with tiresome arguments. This is part of a special seminar on the building’s first floor, which features colorful activities such as music, tea ceremony and Chinese calligraphy. Lipponen Paivi, head of the Finnish-Chinese Friendship…

Finnish economic minister to visit Indonesia to boost ties

The economic ministers of Finland will visit Indonesia this week to strengthen their economic relations with Southeast Asia’s largest economy, both countries’ embassies in Jakarta said on Tuesday 22 October. Finnish Economic Affairs Minister Jan Vapaavuori will be bringing some of Finland’s leading business and industrial leaders from the information technology, energy, forestry, environment, transportation,…

Sweden commits SEK 7 Million to SE Asia press freedom

The Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok this month committed SEK 7 million for a second phase of the Southeast Asia Press Alliance (SEAPA), with the grant cycle from 2013-2016. It aims to further strengthen and expand its network in order to better advocate for press freedom, freedom of expression and freedom on information in Southeast…

New Norwegian government, but China is still frozen

The fact that Norway had a new government does not seem to change anything in the relationships between the two countries, which has not been the best since the Nobel prize in 2010. It will not lead to any changes in the tense relationship between China and Norway, that Norway recently had a new government, Danish Newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad reported. That is…

Singapore PM congratulates newly-appointed Norwegian PM

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has sent his congratulations to Norway’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Channel News Asia reported. In his letter to Ms Solberg, cited by a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement, Mr Lee said Singapore and Norway enjoy good bilateral relations. The two countries cooperate in many areas, including trade and…

Scandinavian firms keen on setting up shop in The Philippines

More European firms have expressed keen interest in locking in their Philippine investments, given the local economy’s robust growth, improvement in governance and the availability of young, skilled workforce in the country, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported. Companies from Finland, Sweden, Germany and the United Kingdom are now eyeing opportunities in the country’s manufacturing, shipbuilding, construction,…