Smedvig awarded drilling contract in Indonesia

Smedvig’s self-erecting semi-tender rig West Alliance will start production drilling for Unocal Makassar Ltd in Indonesia in January this year. The rig has previously been drilling for Esso Production Malaysia Inc. Before comencing work in Indonesia, it has had a brief period in shipyard for modifications required for the Unocal work.      The new assignment has…

Swedish Consulate in Chiang Mai shut down

The Swedish consulate in Chiang Mai was permanently closed 26th December 2002. The date also marked the last day of the last Swedish Consul General in Chiang Mai, Khun Vorakit Kantakalung’s appointment as Consul General of Sweden.      It is lack of assignments and workload for the consulate in Chiang Mai which has prompted the shutdown.…

New Board after AGM in HCMC

The Nordic Chamber of Commerce in Ho Chi Minh City elected a new board of directors at its Annual General Meeting in November.      The following members were reelected: Sigmund Stromme, Norway; Arild Haugan, Norway; Anders Moller, Denmark; Peter Svarrer, Denmark; Niels Sundvik, Sweden; Nguyen Thi Mong Ngoc, Sweden.      Elected for the first time to the…

New Immigration Rules

The Thai cabinet passed a resolution dated 11th September 2001 which has only become common knowledge in the last seven days. The resolution concerns new improvements to immigration procedures and is aimed at promoting the tourism industry by simplifying the regulations on obtaining non-immigrant visas, category “O-A”, to accommodate long stay tourists.The Thai cabinet has…

Malaysia to fight for rubber wood

Primary Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik of Malaysia will visit Scandinavia next year to counter a growing anti-rubber wood campaign in Scandinavia. The campaign is threatening Malaysia’s RM5bil wood-based furniture export industry. “We are not taking this without a fight,” the minister said at the opening of the Swedish furniture giant, Ikea’s…

Sweden votes Thailand Destination of the year 2002

The announcement was made during the Resmässan, an annual travel and tourism trade show, held between November 8 – 10, 2002 in Stockholm, Sweden. Both honours are based on the first-hand experiences of Swedish visitors to Thailand who voted via the website developed by the organizer of the Resmässan. During January to June 2002, Scandinavian…