Monday, January 27, 2020

Business / DT 17 / 2005

How Norway avoided the oil-for-food trap

Norway chaired the UN Committee on Sanctions Against Iraq for 2001-2002, a critical period for the oil-for-food programme, which has been scrutinised in the Volcker Report. The report has no particular criticism of Norway’s role in the UN committee.

Swedish, Danish firms identified. Aid agencies uncertain how to treat companies

The oil-for-food investigation in Iraq has revealed widespread corruption. Millions of dollars have been paid in kickbacks related to Nordic firms’ contracts. The report from the UN investigation goes into detail about kickbacks related to contracts signed by companies like Bukkehave, Atlas Copco and Volvo.

Finns, Italians and Dutch first to benefit from CDM projects

Finland has purchased carbon credits to be used towards meeting Finnish Kyoto climate targets from a small hydropower project in Honduras.

Swedish police investigate missing SEK 20m in Sida funds

Up to SEK 20 million, paid out by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), to the African research organisation Afrepren in Kenya has disappeared.

Danish PSD programme’s ‘McDonald’s approach’ under fire

An internal Foreign Ministry review likens the Danish Private Sector Development (PSD) programme to a “McDonald’s" concept, which applies the same conditions in all countries irrespective of local conditions. This approach has remained basically unchanged since 1996 in spite of assessments and a critical evaluation of the programme.

Iraqi dividends. New market opens for Danish suppliers

Danish participation in the US-led military operation in Iraq in 2003 and DKK 600 million in promised aid to the country failed to result in the reconstruction contracts boom in Iraq that Danish companies had anticipated. (See DT 14-15/05)