Telenor’s Myanmar sale ‘very difficult’

Sigve Brekke, chief executive at the large Norwegian telecoms firm Telenor, has been part of its efforts to bring modern communications to Myanmar (and make money doing so) since the country seemed to be emerging from decades of military dictatorship. After months of a brutal and authoritarian backlash, during which the military has been killing […]

‘Retired’ bishop rallies for peace

Gunnar Stålsett, the retired bishop of Oslo, spent much of his career championing peace and reconciliation, also as a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. At an age of 83 he’s still promoting peace while traveling the globe, and feels he recently made some progress in Myanmar along with a large delegation from the New […]

Søreide puts more pressure on Suu Kyi

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide made her first official trip to Asia in her new role this week. It landed her in the midst of the international outrage over how Myanmar, which has received enormous amounts of foreign aid from Norway for years, has treated its Rohingya minority. Søreide had a clear message for Nobel […]

Brende adds to pressure on Suu Kyi

Foreign Minister Børge Brende has joined international calls for Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi to stop the violence against the Rohingya Muslims in her native Burma/Myanmar. Brende claims that as a Nobel Laureate, Suu Kyi has a special responsibility to help the ethnic minority that has been harassed for years. At least 123,000 […]

Norway hails cease-fire in Myanmar

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende called a cease-fire between authorities in Myanmar and eight ethnic insurgent groups a “milestone” in the country’s peace process. Norway has been active in trying to end hostilities and promote tolerance among Myanmar’s various groups. “This is an important step towards lasting peace,” Brende said after the cease-fire agreement was […]

King ‘very sorry’ poor were evicted

Norway’s King Harald V said on Friday that he was “very sorry” to learn that authorities in Myanmar had forcibly evicted poor families from a riverside location in Mandalay, just so they could host an elaborate and, for the royals, unwanted, public welcome ceremony. The Norwegian monarch and Queen Sonja arrived in Mandalay by boat […]

Myanmar tried to hide its poverty

Norway’s foreign ministry was lodging a complaint with authorities in Myanmar, after learning that poor families were forced to move out of a riverside slum area in Mandalay so that the area could be “cleaned up” before King Harald and Queen Sonja arrived by boat on Friday. Norwegian officials had no idea their counterparts in Myanmar would […]

Skeptics question aid to Myanmar

Norway’s ongoing financial support for democracy and reform in Myanmar (Burma) has come into question, as a royal entourage from Oslo visited the country this week. Humanitarian organizations worry that Norwegian officials aren’t being tough enough in fighting Myanmar’s child labour, corruption, human rights abuses, religious discrimination and ethnic conflict. On Monday, Norwegian telecoms firm Telenor […]

Telenor looking for a new CEO

Norway’s large international telecoms firm Telenor, now launching its new mobile operations in Myanmar, has 14 months to find a replacement for its chief executive officer Jon Fredrik Baksaas. He could have stepped down in November, when retirement age sets in at 60, but Telenor extended his contract and he’ll stay through 2015 before moving […]

Telenor slumps on Myanmar mobile phone deal

Investors didn’t seem to react well to news on Thursday that major Norwegian telecoms firm Telenor had succeeded in obtaining a license to provide mobile phone service in one of the world’s last mobile market frontiers, Myanmar (Burma). Telenor’s stock fell 1.4 percent on the Oslo Stock Exchange, and was only slightly recovering on Friday. […]