Exports of shipbuilding, maritime and logistics, renewable energy, automation and ICT from Central Baltic to the Southern African markets using Namibia as a stable entry point.

Doing business with SME Aisle companies

Take a look of our new video publication! More videos at SME Aisle YouTube channel

Upcoming events

Travelling between 23.9.–6.10.2019


On programme:

  • 24.–26.9. 11th Annual Logistics and Transport Seminar in Windhoek
  • 25.9. Speed-networking event for businesses in Windhoek
  • 27.9.–29.9. Windhoek show
  • A tailored program for each participant may include business trips to South Africa and Zambia based on the individual needs of an SME
  • Site visits in Windhoek and in Walvis Bay
  • B2B meetings



Past events

Namibia-Sweden Business Forum in connection with the Namibia-Sweden bilateral working group in Bankhalle, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Stockholm in 25.6.2019 9.00-12.00. Organized by Business Sweden in co-operation with Central Baltic SME Aisle project and others.

Registration to: https://www.business-sweden.se/en/Trade/Seminars-and-events/EventsSeminars/namibia-sweden-business-forum/

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Where? Namibia, South Africa & Zambia.
When? 1st to 13th of April 2019.
Who? SME Aisle team and 31 Central Baltic SMEs from Finland, Sweden, Latvia and Estonia.

Take a look of the business delegation and check photos from our social media accounts!

Welcome to the SME Aisle workshop! 

Time: Thursday 13th of June from 13.30-15.30 at SAMK Campus Pori, Finland (also online). The workshop is organized simultaneously with the Match Industry 2019 event.

The workshop concentrates on the delegation trip in April 2019 to Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. We present some interesting and successful business cases of SMEs from Finland, Sweden, Latvia and Estonia in Southern African markets so far. We also discuss about lessons learned and the upcoming events of the project.

Where? Namibia, South Africa & Zambia.
When? 1st to 13th of April 2019.
Who? SME Aisle team and 32 Central Baltic SMEs from Finland, Sweden, Latvia and Estonia.

Take a look from program and events our SME Aisle team organized! Detailed program for registered companies was provided separately.


The webinar is targeted to the companies who are interested in business opportunities in the Southern African markets as well as to the companies who already have registered to the business delegation of April 2019 to Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. In the webinar, we share updated information on the business delegation and on opportunities for the Central Baltic SMEs in the market.


On 15th of February 2019 at 10-12 (at 9-11 Swedish time)

Where? Online HILL room

Workshop on 23.1. in Stockholm, Sweden


Workshop about Business opportunities in Southern African markets for Swedish SMEs


Wednesday 23rd January


Business Sweden, World Trade Center, Klarabergsviadukten 70, Stockholm (metro station T-Centralen)

Workshop on 29.11. in Riga, Latvia

What? Workshop about Business opportunities in Southern African markets

When? Thursday 29th November

Where? Kipsala International Exhibition Centre, Ķīpsalas street 8, Riga, Latvia. Workshop is in room number 105 (near entrance between both halls).

Programme & registration: Check the programme (click to enlarge) and register by 26.11 to dainis.racenis@masoc.lv. Welcome!

Read more about the international trade fair from Tech Industry website.

Sambian energiasektorin liiketoimintamahdollisuudet –työpaja ti 27.11. klo 10.30-12.30 Helsingissä.

Tule kuulemaan tiistaina 27.11. klo 10.30-12.30 Sambian liiketoimintamahdollisuuksista Ulkoministeriöön (Kanavakatu 3, Helsinki).

Ilmoittautumiset ilmaiseen työpajaan ja lisätietoja: nina.savela@samk.fi ke 21.11.2018 mennessä.

Työpajassa yhteistyössä Suomen Sambian Lähetystö, NIRAS ja SME Aisle -projekti. Työpajan jälkeen on tarvittaessa mahdollisuus lyhyisiin yrityskohtaisiin tapaamisiin.

Doing business through SME Aisle: Business trip to Namibia in September-October 2018

The first SME Aisle business trip to Namibia is organized in 16.9-5.10.2018.

 SME Aisle project’s areas for business are shipbuilding, maritime and logistics, renewable energy, automation and ICT through infrastructure, shipbuilding, retrofitting, training or expert services. The business trip will consist of business to business events, site visits, seminars and a fair. Check the programme (click to enlarge).

Business seminar “Doing business through SME Aisle” was held on 25 September in Windhoek, Namibia. Seminar focuses on shipbuilding, maritime & logistics, renewable energy, ICT and automation. Check the programme (click to enlarge).

Workshop on business opportunities on markets of Southern African area was organized in Pori, Finland 13th of June (you can participate also online). All companies interested in Southern African markets are welcome! Workshop is side event of MatchINDUSTRY 2018 event. Check the workshop programme (click to enlarge).

Currently on SME Aisle


First success stories in trade: SMEs being active in Southern African market

Project SME Aisle organized its second business delegation trip for SMEs in April 2019. During the two weeks of travelling, the team and the companies visited Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

Read the blog post in English and in Finnish.


SMEs on their way to business in Southern Africa: towards new results with company coaching
Project SME Aisle organized its second business delegation trip for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in April 2019. During the two weeks of travelling, the team and the companiesvisited Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.
Read the news about the past trip in English and in Finnish.

Doing business in SADC region

Want to know more about Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) markets? Check our publication (open access) about business environment in Namibia, South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Botswana and Zambia. Themes are maritime and ports, ICT, automation, renewable energy and machinery.

Project info



Total budget:

1 731 850,31 €

(ERDF: 1 358 178,06 €)

SAMK: 578 802,33 € (ERDF: 422 525,70 €)

Our objective in SME Aisle project is to support Central Baltic maritime clusters’ SMEs with an ambition and potential to enter into new markets in Southern Africa using Namibia as stable entry point. 

SME Aisle focus on companies from Central Baltic area i.e. Finland (incl. Åland), Estonia, Latvia and Sweden.

Themes are shipbuilding, maritime, renewable energy, automation and ICT.

Videos and presentations


What is SME Aisle?

See the presentation about the project SME Aisle and its partners. Check the slideshow (click to open the presentation as PDF) or click the link below.

Open the slideshow as PDF.

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SME Aisle on social media

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At the Foresight Friday on Future Literacy and Imagining Africas Futures event in Helsinki, Professor Alinah Segobye from NUST shared thoughts on changing the views of the African youth towards optimistic futures. Especially higher education was seen as a tool for the positive development. #smarturbanbusiness #mysamk #centralbaltic ... See MoreSee Less

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During their stay in Riga, the SME Aisle team got a chance to visit Latvian company TTS, specialized in mobile bulk material handling solutions #smartubanbusiness #businessopportunity ... See MoreSee Less

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SME Aisle SAMK team traveled to Riga for the SME Aisle partners' meeting. During the visit, the whole group also visited the maritime and logistics company TTS. #mysamk #smarturbanbusiness #centralbaltic ... See MoreSee Less

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Professor Alinah K Segobye from Namibia University of Science and Technology stressed the need to change our view on vocational training and #TVET and to see their potential as enablers among the African youth at #FSightFriday #smarturbanbusiness #mysamk #centralbaltic


Finland and Sweden are among the top 10 of the 2019 Global Innovation Index ranking. Moreover, Estonia is the most innovative economy in emerging Europe. Let's get innovative in the #SADC!


#smarturbanbusiness #mysamk #centralbaltic #gii2019

Expanding to Southern Africa? The Ambassador of #Namibia visited Estonian ICT companies @AgrelloOfficial, Thinnect, @blockhive_ee and SK ID Solution to attain the experiences we have in #Estonia. https://t.co/kkAgdaaUYM

Great panel discussions! Here with SME Aisle companies telling experiences from #Namibia and Southern African markets. Thank you for participating with us to Namibia-Sweden #Business Forum. @SatakunnanAMK @sub_samk @BusinessSweden @SSACC_SE

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Smart Urban Business

SME Aisle is part of the international multiscientific Smart Urban Business research work in Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland.


Minna Keinänen-Toivola, Ph.D.

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