Grown workers are exploited shamelessly and are exposed to grave health risks on Malawian tobacco plantations. The Norwegian Labour Organisation (LO) now admits to NorWatch that there is a danger child labour captures to much focus.
Veidekke's part in the Bujagali project may be at risk, after the disclosure that a former subsidiary, Nor-Icil, bribed the Ugandan Minister of Energy back in 1999. The Norwegian construction company may lose a multi-million dollar contract.
The corruption scandal concerning Veidekke's subsidiary Nor-Icil in Uganda may represent only the top of an ice berg. The exposure has turned open the tap for a stream of corruption suspicions surrounding the controversial Bujagali power plant in Uganda.
The Brazilian state of Espirito Santo has established an investigation committee in order to take a closer look on Aracruz Cellulose. The broad local opposition against the world’s no. 1 producer of bleached eucalyptus pulp, has thus at last won the attention where decisions are made. Meanwhile, the federal supreme court in Brasil recently gave Aracruz a helping hand, as it ruled that the state ban on planting new eucaluptus trees were in conflict with the constitution. Aracruz is headed by Norwegian businessman Erling Lorentzen.
The call to boicott the military regime of Burma has lasted for nearly five years, resulting in import figures twice as high as in 1999. Reasons might be a non-efficient pillory an the general uncertainty surrounding boicott as political mean.
The investments of the enviroment fund is decided by resolution to be increased heavily in the course of the first quarter this year, from 1 billion NOK to 2. This can mean a doubling of Norwegian oil money in tobacco companies and environmental bad guys.
The Norwegian petroleum fund has bought heavily into Canadian aluminium giant Alcan Inc. who is a partner in the controversial Utkal-project in India. That is problematic, both ethically and financially.
Minister for child an family affairs, Laila Dåvøy, reacts strongly to NorWatch revelations that pedophiles retrieve detailed information about children through marrriage bureaus. She feels that this sets children in danger for abuse.
The American energy giant AES Corp, that is behind the Bujagali power plant in Uganda, is in an accelerating crisis. According to the Washington Post the companys stock value has gone down over 70 percent since the beginning of the year.
Should the Norwegian guarantee institute for export credits say no, the Norwegian companies are out of the Bujagali-project. This is confirmed by Ole Gran, financial advicer for the Norwegian exporter group that is involved in Uganda confirms this. Veidekke will loose a contract worth 1 billion NOK.
Norwegian and Swedish aid organizations are on a collition-course. While NORAD consider the much disputed Bujagali power plant in Uganda as promoting development, the Swedes have declined to support the project because it is too big for the Uganda economy. Now the Norwegian guarantee-institute for export credits, GIEK, is under pressure from the World Bank and corporations to support the project.
In 1996, Statoil and Norsk Hydro had conversations with the military junta in Burma about going into cooperation. It was the gas on the Yadana field that was so tempting - but the Norwegians resisted. Americans in Unocal, where the Petroleum Fund is a stockholder, did not. Now they are in trouble.
Searunner Shipping in Oslo offers help to Norwegian customers who want to ship cargo from "the world's worst military dictatorship." That is not going too well! Still, they have no intentions of throwing in the towel.