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SSACC business delegation to Zambia and Zimbabwe a true success

”The business delegation to Lusaka was without a doubt successful, when you view how extremely happy all the delegates were with the programme and execution, as well as the new business relations that were developed.”
– Henrik Cederin, Ambassador of Sweden to Zambia


We are happy to conclude that the business delegation to Zambia and Zimbabwe held during 16- 20 April was a great success. Ten delegates from large corporations including ABB, Scania, Voith, Swedfund, as well as smaller businesses including Watersprint, Safeman, Hand in Hand, Confidere and Okapi Finance, joined SSACC for a fruitful week of seminars, company visits and tailor-made programme including individual business meetings. More than 70 customised B2B meetings were arranged for the joining delegates, including meetings with small companies, corporations, NGOs and government agencies. Thanks to the Swedish Embassies and SSACC’s partner organisations in Zambia and Zimbabwe, the programme suited the wishes and needs of all joining delegates. Some remarks from the delegates include:

“SSACC demonstrated that they had a broad network in Zimbabwe, something that should be used and which can complement Business Sweden’s efforts in future promotional efforts. The Embassy is positive to a follow up delegation with the same format, preferably including visits to neighboring countries.
– Sofia Calltorp, Ambassador of Sweden to Zimbabwe

“SSAC has a unique network with key persons in the southern African business community. I recommend Swedish companies to participate in their business delegations.”
– Bengt Carlsson, Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

“It would have taken us several months to gather the information and organise the meetings we got through participating in the SSACC delegation trip.”
– Stefan Borsos, Sales Director, Voith

“All B2B meetings were spot-on and well worth the price of the delegation.”
– Gisele Mwepu, Founder and CEO, Okapi Finance

“From Swedfund’s perspective SSACC is an important partner to find interesting investment opportunities in both Sweden and Southern Africa.”
– Anders Craft, Senior Investment Manager, Swedfund

We are currently in full progress in planning our next business delegation trip to Tanzania 8-12 October, and hope that you will join us. For more information please see JOIN SSACC TO TANZANIA

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JOIN SSACC TO TANZANIA

 Under the theme ”Innovation and Entrepreneurship” SSACC (Swedish-Southern African Chamber of Commerce) has partnered with the Embassy of Sweden in Tanzania and the Embassy of Tanzania in Sweden to provide an exclusive opportunity for 15 Swedish companies to travel to Tanzania, 8th to 12th October 2018 

 WHY JOIN? 

Tanzania is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa with an estimated growth rate (GDP) of 6.9% for 2018. The country has largely completed its transition to a market economy though the government retains a presence in sectors such as telecoms, banking, energy and mining and is providing vast opportunities for trade and investment. Be part of the Tanzania growth success!

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International Chambers’ Regatta 2018

Fresh “Kick Start” after summer

There is no better way to start the new business season than through an unique team-building exercise and to participate with your company in the International Chambers’ Regatta 2018. Sign up with a company team or as an individual and compete with your team against other members from six international Chambers in Stockholm’s beautiful Archipelago. A great way to make new friends and extend your professional network within the international business community.

Under the supervision of professional sailing instructors, boats/teams of 4-5 crew members learn how to sail an ultramodern FAR EAST 28R sailing boat and have fun and some excitement on the way. No prior sailing experience is required.

Click here for an impression of last year’s Regatta (Youtube VIDEO).

MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION –> HERE

 

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Join SSACC to Zimbabwe

“It is easier to get up on an elephant lying down – so come to Zimbabwe now, don’t wait, because when we are standing up, it might be difficult for you to get a ride” – H.E Hon. Minister of Finance, Patrick Chinamasa

Speaking to representatives of the Swedish Private Sector at a round table meeting in Stockholm on the 27th of February, organized by SSACC, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Finance  spoke about the current business climate, policy changes and initiatives being taken by the Zimbabwean Government to restore business and investor confidence in the nation.

The Minister was in Sweden to meet with Swedish Government Officials on reviving the historical relationship of the two countries. Sweden and Zimbabwe’s relations go as far back as the beginning of the 20th century and saw through Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle. However, for the past 20 years the two countries official bilateral relationship has been strained. It is Zimbabwe’s hope, as the Minister stated, that they renew their relationship with Sweden to what it was 20 years ago.

Despite the countries challenges in the past two decades, the Minister thanked the resilience of the Swedish Private Sector, many of whom have remained committed to the Zimbabwean Market. Trade Between Sweden and Zimbabwe is at the moment Limited but there is huge growth potential. Zimbabwe is a growing market with increasing opportunities especially in mining, manufacturing and ICT

The standard of Zimbabwe’s infrastructure is reasonably good, but Zimbabwean companies need technical support, innovation, new technology and supplies from foreign companies to be able to rebuild the economy.

 

What next for Zimbabwe?

Some of the questions posed to the Minister by the private sector representatives at the meeting included question on the shortages in the dollar currency, access to capital, bonds issuing and the indigenization policy. The Minister conceded the challenges being faced by currency shortages, however assured that the Government is implementing key initiatives to make this challenge short term and not a long term factor, particularly by boosting access to capital for the retooling of export sectors. Furthermore, the issuing of bonds would provide incentives for export earning companies and reduce the cost of production.

Despite near complete isolation, Zimbabwe, the Minister said, has remained standing – wobbling – but still standing, this should be viewed as a testament of the countrys’ and its peoples resilience and should give investor confidence, particularly given the recent positive developments. Companies and investors can expect full repatriation of profits and a complete ratification of the indigenization policy. From March 2018, foreign companies will no longer be constraint by the 51 – 49 indigenization rule, expect for two minerals – Diamond and Platinum, pending a Diamond and Platinum policy. All sectors are open for business, said the Minister, Zimbabwe is open for business!

Further Reading: Investment Guidelines and Opportunities In Zimbabwe 

Join SSACC to Zimbabwe April 2018

SSACC is happy to announce, with the support of the Ministry of Finance from Zimbabwe and our partner Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce, a Business Delegation Trip to Zimbabwe this April!

Take the opportunity to get hands on information about the recent positive developments in Zimbabwe, take this opportunity to engage/re-engage in the Zimbabwean market, meet high ranking officials, potential business partners and customers and key industry players.

The Zimbabwe trip has been added to our existing Delegation Trip to Zambia  – Maximize your business potential and split 5 days between Zambia and Zimbabwe

Both Delegation trips are driven by your individual needs!

contact us at info@ssacc.se or call us at +46 70 751 71 38

 

Successful pre-meeting with Hon. P. A Chinamasa, before the round table meeting with representatives from the Swedish Private Sector, organized by SSACC. Pictured(right to left): Amb. Chipaziwa, VP SSACC, Eva Hytenget. Hon Chinamasa, Board member SSACC Fredrik Gisle

 

 

 

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JOIN SSACC TO ZAMBIA – APRIL 16th – 19th 2018

Join the SSACC Business Delegation 16th 19th April 2018 and tap into your business potential and opportunities in Zambia!

 

Zambia is one of the fastest growing economies in Southern Africa, ranked 6th in Africa in the World Bank Doing Business Index.

 

Under the theme ”Innovation and Entrepreneurship” SSACC has partnered with the Embassy of Sweden in Zambia to provide an exclusive opportunity for 15 Swedish companies to travel to Zambia, meet high-level business and Government representatives, learn and discover opportunities for trade and investment, meet SSACC local business partners and grow your network. Full programme will come soon.

The Business Delegation will be led by at least 2 experienced business advisors, and accompanied by Embassy representatives in Lusaka.

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GLOBAL EXPO BOTSWANA

Welcome to Global Expo Botswana, 2017, promoting business investments…

SSACC is happy to be collaborating with Botswana Investment and Trade Center (BITC) in promoting the Global Expo 2017 which will be taking place in Gaborone Botswana October 31st to November 3rd 2017

BACKGROUND: Back in the year 2006, Global Expo Botswana formerly known as Botswana International Trade Fair (BITF) and later, Botswana Industrial & Agricultural Fair (BIAF) was conceptualized and launched by the Government of Botswana. The main idea of Botswana’s government behind organizing this trade show is to provide a business to business platform where the companies can attract foreign direct investors and expand their domestic investments. As an investment and trade center, this event promotes export of locally produced products and services like Agricultural Products, Textiles & Garments, Construction Materials, Automobiles, Electrical Goods & Appliances etc. Global Expo Botswana is gaining huge popularity because it promotes trading activities between Botswana and other countries.

Every year this exhibition is organized to encourage economic diversification and provide more opportunities to the professionals to make partnerships with domestic and international brands. By participating in this exhibition, one can expand their business networking and improve entrepreneurship and business skills. Since the inception, this exhibition has generated around 275.9 million Botswana Pula or BWP and improves the economic condition of the country. Investment forums and workshops are some of the most highlighted part of this exhibition.

Once again the organizers are providing investment opportunities to newcomers and already established companies to take part in the upcoming Global Expo Botswana, 2017. It will be held from 31st October to 3rd November 2017. at Botswana Conference & Exhibition Center, Mogoditshane Botswana Defence Force, Botswana. By participating in this exhibition, the organizations can invest on various sectors like Agriculture, Education, Energy, Financial & Business Services, Health, ICT, Manufacturing, Mining, Tourism and Transport & Logistics. The main objective of this three days trade show is to offer multiple opportunities to exhibitors and visitors to promote their business and intra-regional business exchange activities.

 

PROGRAM – Global Expo 2017 Investment Conference 

The 2017 Global Expo will be officially opened by the Global Expo Investment Conference on the 31st of October 07.30 – 16.30 with KEYNOTE ADDRESS from The Vice President of the Republic of Botswana, His Honour, Mr. Mokgweetsi E.K Masisi and GUEST SPEAKER: Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group

The Global Expo Investment Conference will cover the following 4 topics:

 

Topic 1: What paradigm shift is needed in order to position Botswana as a destination of choice for FDI? 

Main Speaker: Mr. Cecile Fruman – Director, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank

Panelists:

  • Abhineet Kaul – Director, Consulting; Public Sector & Government Practice, Frost & Sullivan, Singapore
  • His Excellency Dr. Arkebe Oqubay, Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia
  • Professor Mthuli Ncube, Managing Director, Quantum Global Research Lab, Switzerland
  • Bashi Gaetsaloe – Managing Director; Botswana Development Corporation (BDC)

Topic 2: How can the textiles sector in Botswana be revamped in order to fully take advantage of the new AGOA initiative? – The cases of Lesotho & Mauritius

Main Speaker: Mr. Christoph Auhagen, Chief Brand Officer (CBO) of Hugo Boss

Panelists:

  • Mr. Augustine Tantillo — President and CEO; National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), USA
  • Seref Fayat – President, Turkish Clothing Manufacturers Association (to request Turkish Embassy in Gaborone for assistance)
  • Jaswinder Bedi, Chairman, African Cotton & Textile Industry Federation (ACTIF) and Managing Director, Bedi Investments, Kenya
  • Kelebone Leisanyane – Chief Executive Officer; LNDC, Lesotho

Topic 3: How can Botswana entrepreneurs be motivated to consider venturing into primary agricultural production for sustainable food security?

Main Speaker: Mr. Amit Dagan – General Manager, Hishtil, Israel; Hishtil is a global nursery corporation which specializes in the production and sales of vegetables, herbs, seedlings and young plants

Panelists:

  • Rotimi Williams- 35 year-old Nigerian rice farmer and owner of Kereksuk Rice Farm, the second largest commercial rice farm in    Nigeria by land size at 45, 000 hectares.
  • Nakku Justine – 25-year-old owner of multi-million dollar farm in Kenya producing dairy, cabbage, cereals, carrots and poultry.
  • Mmadima Nyathi – Director of NAAMPAD, Ministry of Agriculture
  • Matlhobole K. Phokedi – Acting Director of Crop Production, MOA
  • S. Ngwako – HOD, Dept. of Crop Science & Production, BUAN

Topic 4: How can local capital markets (with emphasis on local pension funds) be harnessed to improve domestic investment in Botswana?

Main Speaker: Mr. Daniel Matjila – CEO, Public Investment Corporation (PIC, RSA)

Panelists:

  • Boitumelo Molefhe – CEO; Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund (BPOPF)
  • Gosego January – CEO; Debswana Pension Fund
  • Thapelo Tsheole – CEO, Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE)
  • Mr Bakang Seretse – Managing Director, Kgori Capital
  • Mr Paul Masie – Managing Director, Alexander Forbes Botswana

Closing of conference with Q&A Session 16.30

November 1st – 3rd you will be able to visit the exhibitors at the Expo as well as have planned B2B’s organized BITC & SSACC

INTERESTED IN EXHIBITING –> HERE

INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE CONTACT –> info@ssacc.se

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MEA SUMMIT SEPTEMBER 2017

Doing business in the Middle Eastern and African region delivers results when you have the right information and tools at hand. At the MEA Summit you will get the chance to directly engage with prominent business leaders and industry experts with extensive experience from doing business in the region. If you are looking for markets enabling long term growth, this is your business forum.

 

SSACC welcomes you to join us at the MEA Summit hosted and organized by our sister organization in #TeamSweden, Business Sweden

26 Sep – 27 Sep
Hotel At Six, Brunkebergstorg 6, Stockholm

MEA Summit is Sweden’s largest business event geared towards the MEA region, delivering insights, tools and clues as to how market transformation in the region will place future demands on business innovation. During two days in Stockholm, you will engage in presentations from world-renowned speakers, panel discussions and interactive workshops with top executives and industry experts as well as meet with an estimated 200 other Swedish companies who share your interest in the region.

Day 1: Middle East and Northern Africa
A region in conflict and dynamic transformation, driven forward by innovation-led growth. Economic reconfigurations and ways of dealing with youth unemployment are some of the subjects debated by principal figures in the business and political scene of the MENA region during Day 1. Considering current efforts for political and economic change and increased competition in the region, MEA Summit provides you with a collaborative platform for discussing the future of the Middle East and North Africa. How can you strengthen your competitiveness in a region in change?

Day 2: Sub Saharan Africa
As growth is slowing down in many more developed markets, six out of the ten fastest growing economies in the world are located on the African continent. Stakes are high, and so is the potential for returns. Growing cities, a bulging middle class hungry for inclusion and more sophisticated consumer demands are some of topics discussed by leaders in African business development during this day. Take this opportunity to expand your network and boost your business in the Middle East and Africa!

Find out more and register your interest here

 

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Namibia Renewable Energy & Power Infrastructure Investor Conference 2017

Hydropower dominates Namibia generation mix so far. This is set to continue in the future with hydropower contributing at least 70% to the country power generation mix in 2025. This power source is however highly dependent on water flow and, as such, diversification is key in order to be able to deliver a stable supply of electricity from domestic sources.

Namibia has indeed great potential for wind and solar energy and has plans to leverage these technologies as part of its energy supply going forward. The renewable sector is still at an early stage of development but given the political commitment and technical potential, it will keep gaining traction in the near future.

The Power Sector in Namibia has undertaken a number of reforms aimed at attracting IPPs by providing a stable investment environment. Such reforms include the establishment of transparent tariff setting procedures, overseen by the sector regulator, the Electricity Control Board.

As to power transmission and distribution, the grids infrastructure need improvement in order to permit the balancing of power and thus the development of the renewable energy sector in general. In an effort to address this challenge of the Power Value Chain, NamPower has developed a Transmission Master Plan to ensure that the evolving electricity needs of the country and network expansions are executed accordingly.

You and your colleagues are welcome to join the Namibia Renewable Energy & Power Infrastructure Investor Conference 2017 taking place on July 6th in Windhoek

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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BLUE ECONOMY IN SOUTH AFRICA AND SWEDEN – GÖTEBORG

The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in conjunction with Swedish-Southern African Chamber of Commerce (SSACC) and SwedOcean invites you to participate in the Blue Economy Business Seminar scheduled to take place in Göteborg, Sweden on Thursday, 14th September 2017.

The aim of the seminar is to bring together the South African and Swedish companies, key-players and stakeholders in the field of the blue economy to explore partnerships, networking, technology transfer, knowledge sharing and benchmarking.

Furthermore, to allow small and big corporations from both countries in the specific sectors of the blue economy such as marine transport, marine protection services, aquaculture and offshore oil & gas exploration to engage each other with the objective of identifying opportunities and possible areas of collaborations.

Blue Economy Hexagons

PROGRAM TO FOLLOW SOON -> BLUE ECONOMY SEMINAR
STAY TUNED!

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT YOUR COMPANY AT THE SEMINAR, WOULD LIKE TO RSVP, CONTACT SSACC AT info@ssacc.se

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: THE GSMA M4D UTILITIES PROGRAMME INNOVATION FUND

 

The GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities Programme Innovation Fund is open for applications until 16th April 2017. This may present a new funding opportunity, particularly for business models based around using mobile technology to achieve development impact. Details for your consideration are below.

 

The GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities programme Innovation Fund, supported by UK Aid, is now open for applications.  The Fund objective is to build and share evidence on the role of mobile in improving or increasing access to energy, clean water or sanitation for underserved consumers and the potential benefits for the mobile industry.
The Fund will be awarding GBP 3.3 million in grant funds to 15 – 17 organisations who will trial or scale commercially sustainable mobile-enabled utility services.  Grant sizes vary from GBP 150,000 to 300,000.To date, The Fund has awarded GBP 6 million to 34 organisations across four continents which have impacted nearly 2.3 million beneficiaries. Between 2013 and 2016, several of these grantees have leveraged their grants to raise over $174 million in investment in total.

The Fund is calling on the following types of organisations to submit their applications for innovative products or services that leverage mobile technology as a significant element of their utility delivery model for projects:

  • Mobile operators
  • Energy, water, or sanitation services providers, including
  • Decentralized service providers
  • Urban and peri-urban utilities and
  • NGOs trialling business model approaches
  • Technology solutions providers

Applicants must be working in Sub-Saharan Africa or South and Southeast Asia

Interested organisations should review the grant terms on the website and submit concept notes by April 16th 2017.

For any further clarifications, kindly email utilities_grants@gsma.com