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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

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Value of Cultural Diversity

Its time again for our annual Open Chamber Network event, which brings together the global business community in Stockholm.

Meet new contacts and explore innovative business opportunities among member companies of AmCham Sweden, British-Swedish Chamber, Dutch Chamber, French Chamber, German Chamber, Gay and Lesbian Chamber, Norwegian Chamber, Swedish-Southern African Chamber (SSACC) and the Stockholm Chamber.

Date: 30th March

Time: 17:00 – 19:15

Event Format: Structured Networking preceded by Speakers on this year’s topic – Value of Cultural Diversity

MORE INFO – EVENT PAGE

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Kick Start a Start-Up

Ever wondered how to go about getting your own Start-Up going?

We are pleased to invite you to a special event together with Stockholm Invest and Start-Up Stockholm on how to Kick Start a Start-Up. The event will take place on Wednesday 8 February 2016 at 18:30 in the Netherlands Embassy at Götgatan 16A.

This is a joint event organised by the Dutch,  French and Southern African Chambers of Commerce. For more details on the program, go to Event Page 

We look forward to welcome you all on Wednesday 8th February. Sign up early as there is a limited number of seats available.

GO TO EVENT

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Demo Environment – Financing innovative technology for new markets

Financing innovative technology for new markets

Are you looking to introduce your proven and sold technical solution to a new market? Or, is your organisation looking to import technology that’s new to your country?

The Demo Environment programme funds international technology transfers involving buyers in the following 11 countries:

  • Africa: Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia
  • Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia
  • Western Balkans: Bosnia and Hercegovina, Serbia
  • Eastern Europe: Georgia, Moldova, UkraineThe programme’s emphasis is on cleantech products, systems, processes, and services which offer clear advantages over competing solutions in the following focus areas:
  • Water
  • Sanitation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Energy
  • Urban developmentPlanning Grants are awarded to help entrepreneurs explore new markets and research their technology’s impact on the environment and poverty reduction. In Demonstration Projects, local actors receive financing to help them import technologies which offer solutions to local environmental challenges.Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The Seller in a partnership can apply for a Planning Grant, and the Buyer can apply for a Demonstration Project grant. However, a partnership may not submit applications for both grants during a single call for applications.

    More information and how to apply follow link –>> https://tillvaxtverket.se/demoenvironment

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Global Expo Botswana 2016 – November 23 – 26

Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) will this year host its tenth edition of its premier business to business (b2b)  multi -sectorial expo known as the Global Expo Botswana from 23rd-26th November 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana.  The Expo will be hosted under the theme “Unlocking opportunities for Economic Growth”

  • Meet buyers/sellers of your product
  • Take part in the Business Matchmaking
  • Enter into partnerships and Joint Ventures
  • Attend all business workshops
  • Take part in the Investment Forums

More Information and Registration click here
Attendance is free  

If you want to Exhibit Products or have a Company Stand find price list below – note, deadline for registration for the stand is 1st NOVEMBER

TARIFF/RATES (circle preferred option below)

  1. Complete stand (space + stand construction and equipment-ready to us) US$110/ BWP1070 per m2 (minimum 9m2).
  2. Stand space only US$85/BWP815 per m2 (minimum 18m2)All complete stands include per 9m2: partition walls, carpeting, 1 facia with company name stand number, 2 spotlights, 1 electrical power outlet, 1 table, 2 chairs. Minimum stand surface in halls; 9m2All hall areas of 18m2 or less must book the complete stand option as in above.
  3. Outdoor area US$30/BWP275 per m2 (minimum 20m2)

Contacts:

GLOBAL EXPO BOTSWANA

Private Bag 00445 Gaborone, Botswana
(+267) 363 33300 or 363 3355
(+267) 317 0452

kablayk@bitc.co.bw
info@globalexpo.co.bw
www.globalexpo.co.bw

SSACC member enquiries contact info@ssacc.se

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Total Malawi becomes the first beneficiary of the SSACC-SQORE Partnership

Total Malawi becomes the first beneficiary of the SSACC-SQORE Partnership.

In May of 2016, SSACC entered into a partnership agreement with Stockholm based, fast growing recruitment platform –  SQORE.

Sqore provides a global service running competitions for universities and corporations. Sqore provides branding, recruitment and innovative opportunities for their clients. Some of Sqore clients include ABB, TELE2, IKEA, AIG and more

The partnership will preliminarily run for 1 year, during which SSACC members and partners will be able to utilize the Sqore platform by launching a competition of their own.

On September 1st Total Malawi via SSACC’s MoU with Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM) launched FIVE competitions on the Sqore platform.

SSACC looks forward to assisting Sqore grow its platform in the SADC region.

View Total Malawi competitions – HERE
Read More about the initiative – HERE

Become a member of SSACC – HERE