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Sweden gives budget support to Timor-Leste

The Swedish government decided 10 July to contribute SEK 10 Million in budget support to Timor-Leste. Sweden has given support to Timor-Leste since 1997, primarily for the reconstruction of the administration and as humanitarian support via the UN.      The overall objective of Swedish development cooperation with Timor-Leste is to help the country’s own efforts to…

SIDA-funded study sees Vietnam’s rice exports growing

Vietnam will export 4.61 million tonnes a year between 2001-2005 and up to 5.42 million tonnes of rice a year during 2006-2010 if it maintains its present rate of export, a new survey funded by Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) shows.      The study, conducted by Vietnam’s Trade Research Institute under Trade Ministry, is part of…

Millicom reports high cellular growth in Cambodia and Vietnam

Millicom International Cellular S.A, a global telecommunications investor in the Swedish finance Stenbeck family group of companies, reports a 45 percent annual increase in Asian subscribers from June 2002 to June 2003. Its operators in Cambodia and Vietnam performed especially well.      Millicom’s total Asian subscriber base by 30 June 2003 was 2,328,731.      In the second…

Comvik seeks joint venture status in Vietnam

Swedish telecommunications group Comvik International has asked Vietnamese investment and planning ministry for permission to convert its business cooperation with local mobile operator into a joint venture, a report on Viet Nam News said.      At present, Comvik and Viet Nam Mobile Telecom Services Company (VMS) together operate ‘MobiFone’, a major mobile phone operator in Vietnam,…

Vietnam’s cultural exchange with Sweden and Denmark boosted

Vietnam’s Culture and Information Minister Pham Quang Nghi has strengthened cooperation and cultural exchange with Sweden and Denmark during his 10-day working visit to Europe in May.      In Stockholm, Minister Nghi and his entourage met with Swedish Culture Minister Marita Ulvskog and representatives from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). They discussed a cooperation programme…

Norway, Sweden help launch Vietnam’s primary education scheme

Norway and Sweden have, among other donors, provided financial aid for Vietnamese government to launch US$243.8-million Primary Education for Disadvantaged Children project aimed at helping underprivileged children in Vietnam complete a full cycle of primary schooling.      Of the total project budget, US$139 million will be loan from the World Bank, US$65 million given by the…

SIDA approved 2nd phase of air transport modernization plan in Indonesia

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has approved the second phase of ‘Study on Integrated Modernization Plan for Air Transport in Eastern Indonesia’.      The project will improve the security within the aviation sector, and thereby enable Eastern Indonesia to accommodate a larger amount of air-traffic. The distances within the country will be shortened, and…

Sweden holds referendum on Euro introduction

The Swedish government has decided arrange referendum 14 September 2003 on the introduction of the euro. All Swedish citizens who, according to the Elections Act, fulfill the requirements to vote in Swedish Riksdag (parliamentary) elections will be entitled to vote in the referendum. Persons entitled to vote in the Swedish local elections will also be…