Declining number of Scandinavian in Thailand

The number of foreigners from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland living in Thailand declined last year compared to 2001.      The number of Scandinavians classified by the Thai immigration authorities as living in Thailand went down from 3654 persons in 2001 to 2905 persons in 2002, a drop of 20 percent.      By year end 2002, the…

PETRAD conducts workshop in Thailand

Norwegian International Programme for Petroleum Management and Administration (PETRAD) on February 6 conducted a one-day workshop for Thailand’s Department of Mineral Fuels (DMF) in Bangkok to present and discuss national requirements in drilling and well technology in Thailand.      PETRAD was approached to conduct this workshop in Thailand through the Coordinating Committee for Coastal and Offshore…

Indonesia given more time to pay back debt

The Danish Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr. Geert A. Andersen and Mr. Anshari Ritongga, Director General of Budget, Ministry of Finance have signed an agreement between the two countries on rescheduling of Indonesia’s debt to Denmark. The signing of the agreement took place on February 5th 2003 in Jakarta.      The total amount being rescheduled is approximately…

Smedvig to build new tender rig in Southeast Asia

Smedvig has entered into an agreement with Malaysia Shipyard and Engineering Sdn Bnd in South Malaysia for the purpose of building a new self erecting tender rig. The new unit is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter 2004, and capital expenditure is estimated to approximately US$67 million,including the derrick equipment set.      The tender rig…

Danish-funded care center for handicapped babies expanded

Denmark’s Colourful Country Foundation on February 3, 2003 expanded its Colourful Country Carecenter with the opening of a newly-furnished dormitory. The 24 hour carecenter is located within the complex of state-owned Mentally Handicapped Babies Home in Nontaburi where Colourful Country has for the past six years been operating a daycare center for mentally handicapped babies.…

SSS Garden Party 2003

Some 120 Danes, Swedes, Norwegian and Finns enjoyed the annual Garden Party, which took place Saturday 1st of February in the lovely garden of the Danish Ambassador Mr. Ulrik Helweg-Larsen and his wife Christina Helweg-Larsen.      The setting was beautiful, the sky clear with shining stars, and the buffet dinner had a Scandinavian touch. The music,…

NeraTel gets NOK 35 million WorldCommunicator contract in Philippines

Nera Telecommunications Ltd, a Nera ASA’s associated company in Singapore, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, a Memorandum of Agreement and a Frame Supply Contract with Isaiah Verse 65 Foundation, Inc in the Philippines for the supply, delivery and implementation of 1,000 Nera WorldCommunicator with Mobile Packet Data Service (MPDS) capabilities, and the Virtual Private…

Nera sign broadband satellite contract with Shin Satellite

Nera ASA, through its wholly owned subsidiary Nera Broadband Satellite, has entered into an agreement with Shin Satellite to deliver gateways for use in the iPSTAR system, offering broadband communications via satellite.      The contract has a value of approximately NOK 125 million (USD 16.6 million). The agreement was signed in December 2002 and was registered…

Norway encourages lao kids to read

Save the Children Norway has provided US$ 91,400 to produce magazines for children, in order to encourage them to read from an early age.      The memorandum was inked on 17 December 2002 at the Lao Youth Union by representative of Save the Children Norway Mr Beng Ajiro and Head of the Lao Youth Union Mr…