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The power from Enron's gas-fired power plant on the east coast of India, the Dabhol Power Corp., is making trouble for the State's government. The power is more than three times as expensive as Enron promised at the outset. Kvaerner is currently engaged in expanding the plant (see NW 3/2000).
The Government tries to get things done in a friendly way. Or perhaps not even that. Three cabinets in a row have "called on" businesses not to deal with the Burmese dictatorship. Yet, trade has grown. Despite this, the Government does not want to adopt any boycott as legislation. This trade is so tiny that even industry could live with a boycott. Neither the national level nor local Government bodies have implemented the request in their purchasing routines.
NorWatch has spoken with six Norwegian companies that are still trading with Burma. When asking why they do not abide by the Government's call for a boycott, we were met with laughs and shakes of the head. None of the companies we talked to will voluntarily forego their trade relations with Burma. The companies did however stress that they will abide by any legislative changes in trade policy.
After protracted efforts, the Vietnamese furniture factory Scanviwood, which is partly owned by the Norwegian businessman Arve Varleite, has acquired a so-called Chain of Custody certificate. This means that the factory can offer garden furniture which has been made from environmentally certified timber. As it turns out, however, furniture importers are reluctant to pay the extra costs implied by certification systems.
The Norwegian furniture supplier Riviera Gruppen sells garden furniture to the Maxbo chain and others. Last year, Riviera was reprimanded for having made its own FSC labels. This was the second year in a row that Riviera equipped its furniture with spurious environmental certificates.
Much garden furniture made from destroyed rainforest will be gone from the Norwegian market this season. In this regard, the campaign against imports of rainforest furniture has worked.
The Norwegian training ship Christian Radich has undergone extensive restoration over the past years. In connection with this renovation, the foundation which owns the ship has received NOK 8 million (almost USD 1 mill.) from the municipality of Oslo, and every year, the ship receives millions in gifts from the Ministry of Culture. The teak in the new decks, which were bought last year, comes from Burma. Thus, the restoration of the Christian Radich contributes both to rainforest destruction and to supporting one of the world's worst military dictatorships, in clear contradiction to the government's official policy.
Politicians and industry believe that money can buy development. Even some NGOs are calling for that kind of solution. If so, Norway, which is richer than ever, holds the key to a problem that afflicts millions, not to say billions of people. But what should we do?
The Government's 2001 budget increases the scope for industrial development in the context of aid. All financing of equity in Norwegian companies in developing countries is concentrated in Norfund. At the same time, this fund has seen its capital double to NOK 1.1 billion (USD 130,000,000).
More than 200 workers have been fired in the past months at the Norwegian-owned furniture factory Scansia Myanmar in Burma. The factory buys teak from the military junta's logging company, which holds a domestic monopoly on logging, and exports garden furniture to several European countries. The call for a boycott on all trade with Burma, however, has caused the factory to stop exporting furniture to the Scandinavian market. - The consequences of this policy are borne by poor Burmese workers, rages Scansia's Norwegian owner Arve Varleite.
Last year was a turbulent one for the Norwegian company Tree Farms, the self-styled largest afforestation company in East Africa. It all began with two NorWatch reports pointing out a number of objections to the company's "carbon projects" in Uganda and Tanzania (see NorWatch 5/2000 and 8/2000). The year ended with a collapse in climate change negotiations.
A two-man delegation, consisting of a former High Court judge and a human rights activist from Calcutta, visited the village of Maikanch after the shooting incident on December 16. They recently presented their report in a meeting with India's president and at a press conference, accusing Utkal Alumina of playing a part in what developed into a downright massacre. After the Maikanch massacre, the start of construction in the Utkal project has been postponed for yet another year.