Tag: Development

Nordic countries contribute funds for Covid-19 vaccine research

The Norwegian government published on 18 March 2020 an official statement as an update on the Covid-19 vaccine effort. The statement said: “Several countries are now supporting Norway’s appeal for funding for the development of a vaccine against the Covid-19 virus. Germany, Sweden, Finland and Denmark are among the countries that are now pledging millions.…

Telenor chose Ericsson for 5G supplier and continues cooperation with Huawei

Norway’s largest mobile operator Telenor announced at a press conference in Oslo, they would continue working with Chinese company Huawei, while adding Sweden’s Ericsson for its fifth-generation (5G) telecoms network as its new supplier on 13th December 2019. Telenor’s top management said that Ericsson is their new 5G supplier. The reason for the cooperation with…

Denmark paid for new education sector app in Myanmar

Denmark’s capacity fund together with the Myanmar ministry of education developed and launched an app for education management to keep eduction officers connected and reduce use of papers on 12th December 2019. The Ministry of Education of Myanmar recognised importance of innovation and technology being essential to enhance organisational performance. They announced their success in…

Finnish ambassador discussed possibilities in green development with Vietnam

Secretary of the party committee, Mr. Lu Van Hung hosted a reception with the Finnish ambassador to Vietnam, to discuss possibilities of cooperation from Finnish firms in socio-economic development planning, e-government building, smart city, and green and renewable energy developing, on 11 December 2019. According to Vietnamese press reports, Mr. Hung said that the province…

Dane about life in Myanmar in 1991: “My phone was tapped”

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No shops, no good restaurants, no super markets and no private satellite dishes allowed, so no international news. That was the reality when Jørn Kristensen and his wife, Astri, arrived in Myanmar in 1991. “It was an isolated and broken country in many ways,” Jørn Kristensen says. Only few years before his arrival, a devaluation…

Unique Yangon: “Blood” splatters and men in skirts

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Developing. That would be the best word to describe the largest city and former capital of Myanmar, Yangon, previously known as Rangoon. Before arriving in Yangon, I didn’t have many expectations as Myanmar isn’t the top picked tourist destination in travel catalogues. With images of the city being slim to non-existent in my head, I…

Astri is in love with Myanmar: Hoping the tourists will return

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Entering the Sule Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, is overwhelming. The high-ceilinged lobby is adorned with intimidating columns and large armchairs. An excessive chandelier lights up the huge room. It bears a resemblance of colonial times. This is the place Norwegian Astri Hole Fredriksen has chosen for the interview. When she first visited Myanmar…

Danish Asia Correspondent wins media-award in Denmark

Danish Bangkok-based journalist, Anya Palm, wins the Nairobi-award 2016, an annual award given to a person, group or organization that brings stories about development countries forth in Danish media. She won the prize for a series of articles printed in the Danish Magazine Udvikling. The investigation of the widespread and public accepted racism among monks in Southeast Asia,…

Scandinavian women to discover their own brand in Singapore

What is your personal brand? Or in other words: What do you want to be known for? This was one of the many questions Roger Grant asked members of Scandinavian Women’s Association (SWA) and friends at the ”Work made personal”-workshop on Thursday 19 May 2016. Roger and his wife Sophia Chin own PERSONNA, where they make a…

Finland gives 4 million Euros to Myanmar Development

Finland government has opened its pockets and written a check on 4 million Euros for The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) development actions in Myanmar, supporting the areas of democratic governance, local development and environmental sustainability. “We look forward to deepening our partnership with UNDP. One of Finland’s development priorities is to support the democratization of…