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

Upcoming events

3rd SMEAisle Business delegation to Namibia 22.9 – 5.10.2019!

The program includes business meetings, speed networking event, participation to 11th Annual Logistics & Transport seminar in Windhoek and site visits.

Open program in pdf here. (https://sub.samk.fi/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/SMEAisle_delegation-programme-autumn-2019-1.pdf)

 

 

 

 

 

Follow our business trip in SME Aisle social media!

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/

Click to open the program.

Welcome!

 

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.

What? 

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.

When? 

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

Where? Online HILL room

Workshop on 23.1. in Stockholm, Sweden

What? 

Workshop about Business opportunities in Southern African markets for Swedish SMEs

When? 

Wednesday 23rd January

Where? 

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

Blog

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.

News

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.
Publication

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

Duration:

01.03.2018-31.08.2021

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.

Click to play videos or open presentations. More videos in SME Aisle YouTube channel.

Partners

SME Aisle on social media

2 days ago

SME Aisle

The Namibian delegation with the lead of H.E. Vice-President Mbumba visited the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and the Association of Mechanical Engineering and Metalworking Industries of Latvia (MASOC).

The delegation learned more about the SME Aisle project and its Latvian companies as well as about various promising business sectors in Latvia, which include e.g. machinery, metal works and ICT.
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4 days ago

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In Estonia, the Namibian delegation was hosted by Estonian prime minister Jüri Ratas. Within SME Aisle, prime minister Ratas and the Vice president of Namibia H.E. Vice-President Mbumba and his delegation visited Taltech/ Estonian Maritime Academy, and also met local businessmen such as Rasmus Hirtentreu from Rasman Group OÜ. Rasman works with shipbuilding and heads for Southern African markets. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Namibian delegation with the lead of H.E. Vice-President Mbumba visited the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) @LTRK_info and @MASOC_eng to learn more about project #SMEAisle and to enhance potential partnerships between Namibians and Latvians. #CBresults

LTRK@LTRK_info

LTRK un MASOC ieviestā projekta “SME Aisle” ietvaros, šodien LTRK ieradās Namībijas vice prezidents Dr. Nangolo Mbumba ar pavadošo ministru un uzņēmumu delegāciju. #smeaisle #centralbaltic #interreg #crossbordercooperation 2

The Namibian delegation was hosted by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas in Estonia. Within #SMEAisle, Prime Minister Ratas, H.E. Vice-President Mbumba and his delegation visited @TallinnTech and met local businessmen such as Rasmus Hirtentreu from Rasman Group OÜ. #cbresults #maritime

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We are very happy to welcome H.E. Vice-President Mbumba and the honourable delegation to Turku! Interesting presentations conclude that there are various fruitful ways of cooperation between Finland and Namibia. #smeaisle #smarturbanbusiness #mysamk #centralbaltic

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The Vice-President of Namibia, H.E. Nangolo Mbumba, Ms Mbumba and a delegation of 30 representatives arrived yesterday for a two days' visit to Finland. #SMEAisle project was represented by Captain Heikki Koivisto. @SatakunnanAMK @CentralBaltic

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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.

Contact:

Minna Keinänen-Toivola, Ph.D.

+358 44 710 3063
minna.keinanen-toivola(at)samk.fi