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  • December 14, 1999
    Burma's Prime Minister in exile, Sein Win, has called on the Canadian government to put pressure on Burma's military rulers to hand control of the country back to the National League for Democracy Party, headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, which won the 1990 general election. Speaking in Montreal recently as part of a campaign to ask the international community to maintain pressure on Burma's military...
  • December 14, 1999
    The University of Manitoba's Faculty of Management has presented Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing with an award for distinguished entrepreneurial skills. The Li family, along with Hutchison Whampoa, are the controlling shareholders of Calgary-based Husky Oil, one of Canada's leading producers of crude oil and natural gas with 1,400 employees. Mr. Li is chairman of Hong Kong-based Cheung Kong Group, a...
  • December 14, 1999
    Zi Corporation of Calgary announced that it has completed a licensing and royalty agreement with a division of TCL International Holdings Co., the fifth of such agreements with the five largest Chinese GSM phone companies. GSM, or Groupe Speciale Mobile, is the European cellular phone standard. Zi Corp. said that the agreement with TCL's mobile phone division will see its eZiText technology added...
  • December 14, 1999
    China has announced plans to impose strict regulations on foreign investment in Chinese Internet companies, including a cap on ownership, despite hopes raised by a WTO deal with the United States. The announcement was made to the dismay of Canadian company Bell Canada and American firms such as U.S. Sprint Corp., NEXTEL Communications, along with France Telecom. Until recently, these firms had...
  • December 13, 1999
    BC-based Ballard Power Systems announced today that it has sold C$575,000 worth of fuel cells and technical support to South Korea's Hyundai Motor Corporation. Hyundai will use the cells in its own research and development program of fuel cell technology.
  • December 13, 1999
    CIBC World Markets will establish a retail stockbroking unit in Sydney, Australia. CIBC's Australian Chairman said that the retail desk will "complement its investment banking and institutional broking business in Sydney."
  • December 13, 1999
    The Group of 20 (G20), created in response to the Asian financial crisis, will meet in Berlin December 15 and 16. The G20 is an organization of industrial and emerging nations that plan to work to improve the world's financial system. The meeting will cover a range of economic issues. It will "focus mainly on developing a consensus of codes of conduct and economic standards for countries around...
  • December 13, 1999
    The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) announced C$200,000 for the Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation to provide shelter for more than 400 families affected by the floods in Vietnam in early November and early December. The Centre will build houses for over 2,000 people in the province of central Thua Trien Hu -- an area where more than 25,000 homes were...
  • December 13, 1999
    Secretary of State (Asia Pacific), Raymond Chan announced a C$300,000 contribution from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for a project that will support China in its efforts to promote human rights. The project will be carried out by the Vancouver-based International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy which will work with the Centre for Criminal Law and...
  • December 13, 1999
    The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada has awarded the University of British Columbia's Institute of Asian Research a C$375,000 grant to study the effects of globalization on local social, economic and political conditions in six Asian countries. Six country teams will study the effects of globalization in Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, and Sri Lanka. The...
  • December 10, 1999
    Montreal-based Cinar Corporation, an integrated entertainment company involved in the development, production, post-production and distribution of non-violent programming for children and families, announced that they have signed an agreement with China Central Television (CCTV) to broadcast the Emmy-winning children's animated series "Arthur." CCTV is China's national television network and with...
  • December 10, 1999
    Alberta-based Westaim Corporation, a manufacturer of coinage products for domestic and international markets, announced that it has signed an agreement with China to supply equipment and technological expertise to Nanjing Mint's new Aureate-Bonded-Steel (ABS) plating facility. The contract is worth more than C$20 million. The president of Westaim Coinage Products said that "the surging Chinese...
  • December 10, 1999
    More than 100 Vietnamese and Canadian academics; economics and securities experts, and representatives of business and State agencies attended a two-day seminar on securities and primary share issues. The seminar was held at the HCMC Economics College and was organized by the HCMC Economics College, the University of Quebec in Montreal, and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)....
  • December 10, 1999
    A new information and communications technology (ICT) hall will be set up in the new IBM building in Eastwood City Cyberpark, Metro Manila. It will showcase the latest technology for e-commerce and services development. The presidential advisor for the ICT said that it will be a "one-stop shop where businessmen, professionals, multi-sectoral industry practitioners and students can learn about...
  • December 9, 1999
    Calgary-based Zi Corporation, which specializes in Asian language enabling technologies, announced that it has licensed its eZiText technology to Beijing Zhaohua Data Communications Equipment Technology Co. The software will be included in Zhaohua's handheld communications products. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.
  • December 9, 1999
    Finance Minister Paul Martin and International Cooperation Minister Maria Mina announced today that Bangladesh will be the first country to benefit from the Canadian Debt Initiative. The initiative was announced by the Canadian government in March and is designed to support poverty-reduction efforts of the poorest countries in the world through enhanced debt relief. Paul Martin said that "...
  • December 9, 1999
    The Canadian Embassy in Manila announced at a press conference that the second phase of the Philippines-Canada Local Government Support Program (P-C LGSP) will receive C$30 million that will be disbursed over the next five years. The project focuses on strengthening grassroots leadership skills and accessing funding for projects. The second phase of the project will focus on local government...
  • December 9, 1999
    The Indian press is reporting that India is seeking scientific tie-ups with several countries including Canada "to make its state-of-the-art material physics research global in the new millennium." The Director of the Department of Atomic Energy's premier research body, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, said "we are seeking real one-to-one collaborations to chalk out an international agenda in...
  • December 9, 1999
    New Zealand-based fishing company Sanford Ltd. has announced that it still plans to increase its stake in Fishery Products International (FPI) of St. John's, to 10% despite the fact that FPI is in the middle of a hostile takeover by Neos Seafoods. Sanford purchased 5.22% of FPI late last month for C$6.7 million.
  • December 8, 1999
    SNC Lavalin has offered technical assistance to the government of the Indian state of Kerala for the development of mineral silica. The Industry Minister, Ms. Suseela Gopalan, noted that although the local mineral industry had enough capital to develop the resources, the Indian state lacked the technology necessary until the agreement with Lavalin was struck.

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