First half year 2003 fall in Swedish exports to five main Asean markets

Sell harder!      That is the message Swedish exporters active in five major Asean markets – Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand – should get after reading the latest market survey from Sweden’s Trade Council.      Sweden fails to up sales in any of the five countries.      The drop in exports ranges from a modest five percent…

Opera and contemporary music in week long festival

A Vietnamese and Swedish music festival opened in Hanoi’s Opera House on Tuesday 23 September by Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture and Information and the Swedish embassy.      The festival is seen as an opportunity to boost cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Vietnam and Sweden through their contemporary and traditional music, writes news agency VNA.      After…

Bofors Defence announces joint venture plans with Malaysian partner

The Malaysian shipyard Penang Ship Building – Naval Dockyard Bhd and the Swedish defence systems provider Bofors Defence confirm talks on setting up a joint venture in Malaysia.      It is a more formalised cooperation for maintenance and spare parts to naval air defense systems that has prompted the discussion to set up a company. Currently…

Telenor’s DTAC links with iTV for news clips downloads

Telenor’s mobile phone operation in Thailand, Total Access Communications (DTAC), has joined rival and market leader, Advanced Info Service (AIS), in offering a video news clip service as part of its efforts to boost revenues.      DTAC announced last week it had signed an agreement with Shineedotcom and free-to-air TV operator, Independent TV (iTV), to offer…

Norwegian companies may explore oil/gas in Philippines

Norway’s two largest oil producers, Statoil ASA and Norsk Hydro ASA, may bid for some of the 46 areas in the Philippines’ first auction of oil-and-gas-exploration licenses, a global news agency reported quoting a government official.      The Philippine Department of Energy will visit the two Norwegian companies in Stavanger early October, Energy Undersecretary Eduardo Manalac…

Tight and eventful schedule marked Dr Mahathir’s visit to Sweden

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad was optimistic when he left Sweden Wednesday morning 24 September after a hectic three-day official visit.      “I hope that from now on there will be acceleration in the interest of Sweden towards Malaysia,” said Dr Mahathir to national news agency Bernama after bilateral meetings with Prime Minister…

DiGi.Com’s customers grow over 2 million

Malaysia’s number three mobile phone operator DiGi.Com Bhd., which is 61 percent owned by Norway’s Telenor ASA, said on September 22 that its users had alredy grown over two million, or 18 percent more than at the end of 2002.      DiGi’s Norwegian Chief Operating Officer Tore Johnsen told reporters after a product launch that mobile…

New Swedish Priest at work in Bangkok

The new swedish priest in Thailand, Mr. Lennart Hamark held his first service at the small but beautiful church at Soi Convent in Bangkok’s central business district on 14 September. Around 50 people attanded the service including several of the Embassy staff and the Chairman of the Scandinavian Society Siam.      Mr. Hamark and his wife…