Business / DT 2 / 2008

Promoting Swedish actors in an untied regime

 
A new Swedish government policy encourages Swedish actors to engage in development activities. But it skirts around the dilemma of how to promote the Swedish private sector without violating untied aid rules.
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Further untying proposed. NOREPS firms may be at risk

 
Norway should phase out in-kind donations through the export facility NOREPS over the next five years, according to a new evaluation.
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Compact tops NOREPS list

 
Compact tops the list of companies providing in-kind contributions financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Total supplies amounted to NOK 73.1 million for the period 2001-2007.
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Swedish prosecutor eyes stock listed firms in oil-for-food investigation

 
The Swedish National Anti-Corruption Unit is in the final phase of investigating the involvement of Swedish companies in bribery related to the UN-financed oil-for-food scheme in Iraq. Christer van der Kwast, Chief Public Prosecutor, tells Development Today that efforts are being focused on “some larger companies".
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Nordic oil-for-food network

 
As reported earlier in Development Today, over 80 Nordic-registered firms - Denmark, Sweden and Finland - are listed in the Volcker Report.
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Swedish-Indian fund to open for non-Swedes

 
Sida is launching a SEK 40 million green technology facility at the Swedish Embassy in New Delhi for the period 2008-2010. It started out as a tied fund, but has been opened up for non-Swedish entities.
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Rapid fund. Sida gives boost to state agencies

 
As part of the Actor-driven Cooperation Policy, Sida has set up a “rapid response fund", which offers up to SEK 300,000 to Swedish public institutions that want to establish cooperation arrangements in developing countries.
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