From zero to third largest cruise company in nine years

Star Cruises was incorporated in September 1993 to tap Asia-Pacific’s potential as an international cruise destination. Nine years later it had grown to became the world’s third largest cruise company and won 25 international industry awards.      Today Asian holiday makers see cruising as an exciting and value-for-money vacation. At the same time Star Cruises started…

Laos’ media training on gender role supported by NORAD

Norwegian Agency for International Development (NORAD), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), supported a four-day training course under the theme “Gender Role and Mass Media” in Vientiane in July.      The training course, jointly organized by the Information Gender Role Centre and the Mass Media Department under Laos’ Ministry of Information and Culture…

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…

Medal to Swedish diplomat for emancipation work

The Vietnam Women’s Union presented Christine Elisabeth Johansson, First Secretary of the Swedish Embassy in Vietnam, with a medal “For the Emancipation of Women” at an award ceremony in Hanoi on Tuesday 1 July.      She was awarded for her contributions to the implementation of a project on promoting gender equality and strengthening Vietnamese women’s economic…

Le Thi Thu new head of Vietnam –Sweden Friendship Association

Cabinet Minister and Chairman of the National Committee for Population, Family and Children, Le Thi Thu, has been elected as new President of the Vietnam – Sweden Friendship Association (VSFA).      The election was held at the 2nd VSFA congress in Hanoi recently. During the 2003-2008 tenure will focus be on the two countries’ cooperation in…

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…

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…

NORAD supports Vietnam in fight against HIV/AIDS

Norway and Britain early May in Hanoi entered into an agreement with Vietnamese government to provide a financial support of over US$25 million for Vietnam to fight against HIV/AIDS – the largest internationally funded project to tackle the disease so far.      The project will be funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and…

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…