Last week I was in Brazil for a number of different meetings and events. On Thursday evening I held a Masterclass on ‘Compliance Management, Security and our new global borders’ at World Trade Center in Sao Paulo. 


The event was the opening session of a new national Trade Compliance Officer (TCO) Certificate Education programme. 


Brazil are taking huge steps forwards on Customs and border processing with iäthe introduction of a top modern Compliance Management programme, AEO Brazil. 

The TCO is a great initiative to also prepare the Brazilian business environment and private sector for the new Compliance Management process. 
The Masterclass was held for the 30 first students of the TCO programme -and for approximately 120 additional invited guests.

It was a wonderful evening and I received very positive feedback for the Masterclass. 

When I travel I always read the local newspaper to learn more about the city and country I am in. 


I also find it interesting to see what type of news are covered in national and local media in different coutries, bothvthe domestic news and international news feeds. The politics and development news are normally whst I am looklng for, but also some other topics, Like the sports, one of my favourite parts if any ooer or magazine. The sports pages also tells a story about country you are in, the culture and the interest. 

So what sports are covered is in the Gulf News today? 

Today Gulf News have four pages about the EuroCup 2016, half a page about Copa Americana, some indoors soccer, F1, naturally cricket and as always at least one page of golf. Cricket and golf are big sports here, but like in most countries football/soccer is the dominating sport by far. 

In February this year Sweden re-inforced continued support for the East African Community integration process.


Katarina Rangnitt, the Swedish Ambassador to Tanzania and the EAC, said at the time that cooperation among the five EAC Partner States was crucial to relations between Sweden and East Africa. And the support continues. 


Yesterday the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Margit Wallström, signed an important Economic Partnership Agreement with East African Community Partners. 


Sweden has over the past nine years disbursed generous financial support amounting to 7,225,155 Swedish Kroner to the EAC, monies that have been channeled through the EAC Partnership Fund. 


In addition Sweden finacially supports Trademark East Africa and the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has major programmes in the region.

Also in the area Customs Capacity Building has Sweden offered strong support for EAC over the last decade. One example is that the EAC AEO programme was introduced with Swedish contributions.  

I like selfies. I have taken and posted many. When you travel as much as I do it is always nice to take a photo of the places you have visted and seen. When you do that, is actually nice to be in the picture to demonstrate that you really were there. 

Selfie at a visit to Manhattan, United States

My many selfies has now become a gimmick and a fun thing and some of my friends has started call me the “selfie king”. This is naturally all done with a high degree of self-irony. It is not about self-promotion or anything like that. It is just one of these things in social media that has become popular. 

Well, I might take the most selfies (and maybe the best), but I was certainly not the first….


This is Paul McCartney taking a selfie in 1963.

There is only one rule for selfies and it is to not use a selfiepin. That is a non-no. Selfiepins are for amateurs (LOL). 

Some people are really selfie-crazy. At the game in the EuroCup 2016 the ither day a fan run knto the pitch to get a selfie with Portugal international Christiano Ronaldo. What did Ronaldo do? Naturally he posed for the selfie. Never miss an opportunity to look good. CR7 don’t. 


And there are other crazy people who have tried to so the same in the past, like this woman during a chanpions league game last season. 


However maybe the most amazing examples of selfies comes from photos taken in dangerous environments, like these ones. 


My personal favourite selfie is a photo taken by a NASA astronaut in space. 


So to the selfiecommunity out there – keep going, our selfies will never be forgotten since they live forever on the Internet. 

Tonight Cleveland Cavaliers did what nobody before have done – they came back from 1-3 in games to beat champions Golden State Warriors 4-3 by winning the 7th and final game 93-89. 


Having had a 89-89 tie just before the ending. The difference? The chosen one, LeBron James. 


James had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the clincher, after going off for 41 points apiece in Games 5 and 6 when Cavaliers beat the favorites and considered almost unbeatable Golden State lead by the charismatic Stephen Curry. 


After leaving Cleveland for the Miami Heat in 2010 and winning two titles, LeBron – an Akron native – returned to the Cavaliers in 2014 to deliver a title to the Ohio city that hadn’t seen a championship in any major sport since the Cleveland Browns won the 1964 NFL Championship.

He kept his promise, he delivered. What a hero he is, LeBron James. 

Yesterday I changed my route on my way from Brazil, transfering at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Instead lf going home, I went to Dubai UAE for meetings today (Sunday).

Schiphol is my favourite transit airport in Europe. It is way better than the rest. Even though they are rebuilding the airport right now and there are some constructiln wirk going on, it is still the best. When the new facilities are all in place it will be among the best airports in the world competing with Changi Interntional Airport in Singapore and KL International in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Schipol has a smart “spider-like” construction with a center and seberal arms – all within fast walking distance from the middle center of the airport. Inbthe new clnstructions some of the terminal arms have been doubled to two levels, increasing the capacity of the airport without creating a need for time consuming transit/transfer moves.

I alwys try to go though Amsterdam when I can, since also the public commercial area (restaurants, lounges and shopping) is of highest class. This is an excellent airport recommended by me.