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The minister for aid and human rights, Hilde Frafjord Johnsen, has indicated a change in the use of Norwegian companies in aid context. According to the new guidelines from OECD, and a clearly expressed wish from the Parliament, products shall now primarily be bought from local producers, and not, as now, primarily from Norwegian companies.
Kvaerner is a major supplier of turn-key pulp plants worldwide, and has no less than three major jobs in Sumatra, Indonesia. The three companies Kvaerner serves is on the Indonesian Government's list of those companies who are responsible for the large forest fires raging the rain forest this autumn. The three same companies are in serious conflicts with the local population. In total, Kvaerners contracts are worth almost 1.2 billion NOK. Kvaerner itself does not consider themselves responsible for the situation in Indonesia.

The conflict between the World's largest gold mine Freeport and the local population on West Papua in Indonesia continues at full speed and recently cost four people their lives. This autums around 1000 indigenous people blocked the mine which, with its planned expansion, will be the World's largest mover of soil mass within the mining sector. Dyno Industrier, which had the lucrative contract on delivery of explosives to Freeport, lost the contract this year.
The Aker RGI company Scancem International recently bought shares in the Narmada Cement Company in India, which supplies the largest dam in the controversial Narmada project with cement. This dam alone will lead to the forced resettlement of more than 320,000 people, and it will overflow large areas of forest and agricultural land. The World Bank has withdrawn from the project because of the negative consequences. The population, mainly tribal people, refuse to move and say that they will rather drown. Scancem is unaware of the controversies around the company's major customer.
During the last weeks, there have been frequent meetings to discuss Blom's sea map project in Indonesia. Blom have included the occupied East Timor in their Indonesia sea maps. This conflicts with the terms of the NOK 87 million support given from NORAD. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) refuses to discuss the issue. Blom themselves, however, make confessions and change their charts.
Fifteen people from the village Kucheipadar have carried out sabotage against the disputed bauxite and alumina project Utkal, in which Hydro participates. Recently they demolished a house which had been erected by the developers in the project area. The subsequent criminal case against the fifteen takes place shortly after it was known that the start of construction works has been postponed  by a year. What is going on is another signal from a group of tribal people whose livelihood is threatened.
We have had a change of government. We now have a prime minister who repeatedly has criticized Norwegian industrial involvement in dictatorship states and a minister of development cooperation who wants the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) to emphasize poverty rather than industry. We have a minister of petroleum and energy who wants to slow down the recovery of oil in the North Sea, who is against the building of gas-fired power stations, critical to INTSOK (program for cooperation between the Norwegian government and the oil industry regarding foreign investments), and who, while in opposition, criticized Statoil's operations in Nigeria.
The workers at Scancem International's subsidiary Cemenco in the war-torn country Liberia are protesting against the salary and working conditions at the Norwegian-Swedish cement factory. - It's very hard for us to survive on the slave wages we're getting. The shooting has stopped in this country, but not the fight to survive, workers tell NorWatch, who recently visited the Aker RGI company.
Scancem's management in Norway promises to look into the conditions brought to their attention by NorWatch after the visit to the company's cement factory in Liberia. But Scancem says it is a wage leader in the war-torn country and deserves praise for having kept the wheels turning during the civil war. The Future in Our Hands challenges the Norwegian labor movement to take up the case.
"American Monarch", the flagship of the Aker RGI-controlled company Norway Seafoods, has become a major failure. This should have taught the company the lesson that crime against nature does not pay.

Kværner is, along with two other companies, responsible for planning and construction work of the new gold mine on the island Lihir in Papua New Guinea. The mining activity started in May this year, but environmentalists warned about the consequences even before the activity started. Tonnes of toxic waste will be dumped straight into the ocean every day. Experts consider the sea areas around Lihir as one of the areas with the richest bio diversity world wide, and it is estimated that at least seven kilometres of coral reef will be lost.

After they recently received a letter from the Brazilian federation of trade unions (CUT), LO (the Norwegian Federation of Trade Unions) has become involved in the struggle for workers' rights in the Lorentzen company Aracruz Celulose. In a letter to the Aracruz management, LO has also given their full support to the Indians' demands to have their traditional areas of land returned from the company. The Brazilian Minister of Justice, on the other hand, has sent the land claim of the Indians back to the "Ministry of Indians" (FUNAI) for a second consideration. The Indians are upset about the development of the case.