SSACC just completed its 5th business mission to Africa by traveling with seven companies to DR Congo during October. This was the first business mission to DR Congo in 19 years.
The business mission consisted of seven global and smaller companies from Sweden from the energy, water, mining and Fin Tech industries. Joining companies included ABB, Siemens, Conseil D’eau and Okapi Finance. Current focus in the developing the DR Congo lies in building up basic infrastructure, eg roads, energy and access to water.
The program consisted of several meetings with ministries and NGO’s, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as ANAPI, the investment promotion agency of the DRC. Individual customized meetings were also organized between the Swedish companies with potential customers and local business partners.
We are very grateful for the collaboration we have had with the Embassy of DR Congo in Sweden, the Embassy of Sweden in Kinshasa, and ANAPI. We look forward to deepening this collaboration with more activities in promoting trade and investment between Sweden and DR Congo.
ANOTHER SSACC TRADE MISSION SUCCESS!
SSACC just completed another successful business mission trip to Rwanda 14-17 October.
The Business Mission consisted of 9 global and small cleantech companies from Sweden providing sustainable technology solutions within energy, including hydro, solar and bio mass, as well as waste-to-energy. Companies providing solutions for electricity quality measurement and infrastructure services were also represented.
The business mission arrived in Kigali on the 14th of October and on the 15th SSACC in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden, RDB (Rwanda Development Board) and PSF (Private Sector Federation) hosted a Business Seminar on Green Cities and Sustainable Solutions at Hotel del Mille Collines. The seminar had a great turnout, with over 60 people attending. The seminar included presentation and panel discussion in Renewable Energy Solutions (on-grid and off-grid), Innovations, Infrastructure, Finance and funding alternatives. Apart from the Swedish delegates there were representatives from the Rwandan businesses, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Environment, ICT Chamber, the Embassy, local chamber of commerce.
The Seminar was followed by an excellent cocktail mingle, allowing for the Delegates to network further with local businesses, deepen contacts made during the Seminar and also book additional B2B meetings.
The 16th and 17th of October were set aside for B2B meetings. Delegates provided SSACC beforehand with detailed information on what they would like to accomplish from the trip and a wish list of companies, organisations and government entities they would like to meet. On average the Delegates had 10 meetings booked spread between the two days, which included meetings small and large businesses, Rwanda Energy Group, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Environment, .
We are very grateful for the collaboration we have had with the Embassy of Rwanda in Sweden, the Embassy of Sweden in Kigali, the Rwanda Development Board and Private Sector Federation, with whom SSACC also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with. We look forward to deepening this collaboration with more activities in promoting trade and investment between Sweden and Rwanda.
On October1, SSACC moderated a book release event for "Svenska företag i Afirka" at Näringlslivets Hus in Stockholm. The authors Emil Uddhammar and Peter Stein presented their new book, including their research, interviews and their view on key success factors Swedish companies who have succeeded to date. Their findings provides great inspiration for companies who want to succeed in the fast fast growing economies in Africa. Apart from the opportunities the book also covers barriers to doing business, including corruption and political risks.
Also participating and presenting at the event were; Oscar Alsén, founder and CEO, Smiling Group, Lina Jorheden, responsible for the electrification program at Epiroc, Christine Nkulikiyinka, Ambassador to Rwanda in Sweden, Ulf Pehrsson, VP Government & Industry Relations at Ericsson and Chairman at Sveriges Allmänna Utrikeshandelsförening, and Inger Ultvedt, previous Ambassador of Sweden to multiple African countries.
September 10. Together with the Embassy DR Congo, SSACC organized a breakfast seminar on Doing Business in DR Congo as well as information on the upcoming Business Mission in October. The seminar attracted 14 participants.
Together with the Embassy of Namibia and Business Sweden, SSACC organized the Namibia-Sweden Business Forum. The Business Forum was held in connection with the Namibia-Sweden Bilateral Working Group, hosted by State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ms Annika Söder. The Working Group aims at maintaining and developing a broad relationship between Namibia and Sweden.
The seminar was opened by a representative from Sweden´s Department for Foreign Affairs. Speakers included Namibia´s ambassador H.E George Mbanga Liswaniso, representative from Namibia Trade and Invest, Mr Clive Smith, Acting CEO, Walwis Bay Corridor Group and Magnus Rehle, Board member Sweden-Sub Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce (SSACC).
Together with the Embassy of Rwanda, SSACC organized a breakfast seminar on Doing Business in Rwanda as well as information on the upcoming Business Mission Trip to Rwanda in October. The seminar attracted 30 participants.
The seminar was opened by Ambassador Christine Nkulikiyinka with a presentation on Rwanda and the business opportunities. Other presenters included Robert Backlund from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Roine Österberg from SWECO. Stephan Bengtsson, CEO of Safeman, has already established a business in Kigali and shared his experiences of running a business in Rwanda.
Åsa Jarskog concluded the seminar by presenting the programme for the upcoming Business Mission to Rwanda in October, followed by a Q&A and open discussion with all the participants.
Together with the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, SSACC organized a breakfast seminar on How to handle Corruption when doing business in Africa. The seminar attracted over 70 attendees.
The panel included participants from the public sector, NGO as well as private companies, including Christine Nkulikiyinka, Ambassador of Rwanda in Sweden, Dr Wilbrod Slaa, Ambassador of Tanzania in Sweden, Jacob Kiefer, Ambassador for Sustainable Business at Swedish MFA, Jörgen Hansén, Compliance Officer at Sweco, Michael Kindahl, General Manager at AMK Concept Innovation, Natali Phalén, Secretary General at The Swedish Anti-Corruption Institute, and Ulrik Åshuvud, Chairman Transparency International Sweden.
Areas discussed included:
Through an interactive panel discussion with all participants Patricia Kempff, Head of Public Affairs at ABB, Bengt Karlsson and Hilda Sandberg Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ola Parnevall, Metrum AB, Bo Eskesen formerly Eltel and Ingrid Berglund from National Board for Trade shared their experiences on dealing with Trade Barriers in Africa.
The mix between public and private sector offered a fruitful exchange of insights. Discussions included main challenges of trade barriers when expanding business in Africa; Import Taxes/Tolls, Complex Tax System, Complex Bureaucracy, Language, Labor Laws and Corruption.
Experiences were shared on how barriers vary between different countries, how to have awareness of barriers, how to report barriers, how to avoid them, how to get support from Swedish and foreign authorities, and how we can collaborate more.
A major conclusion from the seminar from the participants was that moving forward SSACC should take on the role as being the bridge in providing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on insights for trade barriers as experienced by private sector companies, as well as SSACC being a channel for the public sectors for spreading information regarding trade barriers to its members.
The SSACC AGM on 21 February marked the celebration of our Chamber’s 5 year anniversary.
The Board could proudly report on the past year’s achievements.
All SADC Embassies in Sweden see us as the #1 partner in promoting business relations between Sweden and their country.
We are a member of Team Sweden and have been recognized as an important and relevant complement to Business Sweden. We have formalised our collaboration with more than 20 important stakeholders in the 15 SADC-countries, as well as with a number of key stakeholders in Sweden.
And, most importantly, our members find us relevant, and confirm that we have helped them reach their goals in doing business in Southern Africa
2018 was indeed a milestone, the year when SSACC organised business delegations to three SADC countries; Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania
The AGM also marked the launch of the new, expanded SSACC, namely Sweden sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce. Having focused on the 15 countries in the SADC region during the first 5 years, we now cover a total of 46 countries in the sub-Saharan region.
This expansion has been driven by the interest from our members and partners. The absence of a Swedish chamber outside the SADC countries offering services that SSACC offers has sparked the request from members and partners as well as Swedish and foreign embassies that SSACC expands into the remaining sub-Sahara region. The experience and broad network that SSACC already has in sub-Sahara, makes this new expansion a natural development.
We are also happy to announce that three new persons have joined the SSACC Board. They are Torben Sjöholm (ABB), James Butler (Stockholm Business Region AB) and Magnus Rehle (Growth-Consulting). We also want to thank Eva Hytenget and Katarina Schyberg, who are leaving as members of the Board, for their contribution in halping build SSACC to what it is today.
After the AGM we organized a Trade Barriers in Southern Africa event for members and non-members. The AGM and event finished off with a mingle and networking cocktail with around 50 members, partners and Key Stakeholders, celebrating SSACC’s successful growth.
Welcome to our new website!We are proud to announce that SSACC has expanded its coverage to all African countries south of the Sahara. Having focused on the 15 countries in the SADC region during the first 5 years, we now cover a total of 46 countries in the sub-Saharan region.
This expansion is driven by the interest from our members and partners. The absence of a Swedish chamber outside the SADC countries offering services that SSACC offers has sparked the request from members and partners as well as Swedish and foreign embassies that SSACC expands into the remaining sub-Sahara region. The experience and broad network that SSACC already has in sub-Sahara, makes this new expansion a natural development.
In conjunction with our new geographical expansion SSACC has changed its name to Sweden sub-Saharan African Chamber of Commerce (SSACC)
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