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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.

SME Aisle supports business activities between Central Baltic SMEs and Southern African stakeholders.

And project is also much more, check the short video below!​

SME Aisle success stories

Joint ventures of StandByMate/Nordcrewing Group OÜ in Southern Africa

In Namibia a joint venture was set up and the company is currently moving towards recruiting German-speaking workers from Namibia, due to a demand from a major German customer.

The company Nordcrewing was established on November 2018. The idea of starting a recruitment company began with the startup company called StandByMate. StandbyMate was an online recruitment platform, moreover an online version of the current recruitment company Nordcrewing.

Read the success story here.

Environmentally friendly innovative solutions for agriculture

“The SME Aisle project has helped us in identifying suitable partners and has met our expectations”, states the Managing Director of BioSorbio Ltd. Jukka Lunden.

BioSorbio Ltd. is a Finnish company specialized in eco-friendly solutions in agriculture, soil and water remediation. The company joined the SME Aisle project in 2019.

BioSorbio’s products have raised interest for example in Zambia, where the company recently established a joint venture named BioRaiser Zambia Ltd.

Read the success story here.

Digital inclusion in Africa
– SME Aisle success story of Aion Sigma

Thanks to the SME Aisle project, we have been able to enter the market in Southern Africa” says one of the company founders Joakim Hedenstedt.

Aion Sigma joined the SME Aisle project in 2019 and has been active in project events within the ICT field. 

So far, Aion Sigma has partnered with Musanga Logistics to provide smartphones with their employees in Zambia.

Read the success story here.

Upcoming events

Due to the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the SME Aisle team has made a decision to postpone the delegation trip of Spring 2019. The updated schedule will be published on the website later this year. Stay safe!

Currently on SME Aisle

News

Sustainable business in the markets of southern Africa

Read the article about sustainable business in the markets of Southern Africa  in English (abstract) and in Finnish (full article).

Blog posts

Namibian flavours and business networking

Cosy atmosphere, a sumptuous dinner and great business networking. Read more about the Namibian business delegation trip to Central Baltic on 10th of November in Stockholm. Read the blog post.

Publications

Technical and operational insights for businesses entering Namibian markets

This report describes some specific technical and operational requirements necessary to take into consideration when planning a business venture in the Southern African markets. In this report, Namibia is used as an example.

Take a look of our publication (open access): http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi-fe2020090468570

More news

The Vice President of the Republic of Namibia Dr. Nangolo Mbumba visited Finland, Estonia and Latvia in September 9–15, 2019. He was accompanied by a delegation of 30 representatives of various ministries and enterprises. SME Aisle project team members had a chance to meet the Namibian delegation. Read the article.

Read the news about the business trip in Southern Africa in April 2019 in English and in Finnish.

More blog posts

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.

Read the blog post from the Centrum Blaticm blog.

More publications

Rapid Urbanization and Infrastructure Pressure: Comparing the Sustainability Transition Potential of Water and Energy Regimes in Namibia.

The article presents a comparative study of the urban water and energy sectors in the coastal city of Walvis Bay in Namibia. Writers include experts from SME Aisle.

Read the paper (open access) from Wolrd 2020: https://doi.org/10.3390/world1020006

Feasibility study on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) and on the resources required in the Southern African  markets. Check our publication: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi-fe2019120946316 (open access).

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 (pdf). More videos in SME Aisle YouTube channel.

Partners

 Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

 Prizztech

 The Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

 Association of Mechanical Engineering and   Metalworking Industries of Latvia

 Tallinn University of Techonology

SME Aisle on social media

5 days ago

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Join us to the maritime cluster event on 29 October online or in Rauma! Also SME Aisle will be presented in the energy efficient project portfolio of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences.

Registration by 27 October to elomake.samk.fi/lomakkeet/10967/lomakkeet.htmlJoin us to the maritime cluster event on 29 October at 10-13 online or in Rauma! ⛴ Program includes
- Case study of New Building Vessel M/S Aurora Botnia with presentations from Wasaline & Rauma Marine Constructions.
- Digitalisation assists towards less emissions - cases by #EfficientFlow and Traffic Management Finland.
- The energy efficient project portfolio of SAMK - Satakunta University of Applied Sciences. Here also the energy saving tool of SataMari project will be presented!

Event is free of charge. Registration by 27 October to elomake.samk.fi/lomakkeet/10967/lomakkeet.html

Venue: 1st floor auditorium, SAMK, Suojantie 2, Rauma, Finland
(max. 30 participants at the auditorium)
and ONLINE: hill.webex.com/meet/hekoivi
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2 weeks ago

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The 12th Annual Logistics Transport seminar in Windhoek Namibia is this year organized as a webinar. In the webinar, especially the effect of Covid-19 on global and local logistics is covered. SME Aisle is of course taking part in the event!

#WalvisBayCorridorGroup #namibiagermancentreforlogistics #namibialogisticsandtransportworkshop #mysamk #CBresults
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4 weeks ago

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SME Aisle is currently taking part in the hearing session on Finland's new Africa-strategy together with over 200 participants. In the session, Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Pekka Haavisto emphasized the need for recognizing actors in Africa as equal partners. This is also in the core of our operations in SME Aisle. In the project, we have an important role in bringing partners together to enhance business, learning and development. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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Southern African stakeholders! We have summarized what our
Central Baltic companies have to offer in the field of ICT & automation. Take a look of the video: youtu.be/oNaH7l5fIYU

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2 months ago

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New publication! Take a look of technical and operational insights for businesses entering Namibian markets. 📄

This report describes some specific technical and operational requirements necessary to take into consideration when planning a business venture in the Southern African markets. In this report, Namibia is used as an example.

urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi-fe2020090468570

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Event for #maritime cluster: Towards Zero Emissions 29.10.2020. Participate online, free of charge (https://elomake.samk.fi/lomakkeet/10967/lomakkeet.html) @sub_samk @SatakunnanAMK @meriteollisuus @RMCFinland @FinlandVts @wasaline_fi @SataMariSAMK @SMEAisle #laivadigilab #shipping

The 12th #NamibiaLogisticsAndTransportWorkshop in Windhoek Namibia is this year organized as a webinar. In the webinar, especially the effect of Covid-19 on global and local logistics is covered. #WalvisBayCorridorGroup #NamibiaGermanCentreForLogistics #mysamk #CBresults

Enemmän kauppaa ja kehitysyhteistyötä yhdessä totesi Kari Hietanen/@wartsilacorp. @SMEAisle projektissamme lähtökohtana on kestävää kauppaa yrityksille, Suomesta, Virosta, Latviasta ja Ruotsista. #afrikkastrategia @Ulkoministerio @SatakunnanAMK

Sarah Laaru/Suomen Afrikka-seura ry told that Finnish experts can raise educational standards in Africa. Blended learning provides a lot of opportunities. #afrikkastrategia @Ulkoministerio @SMEAisle @SatakunnanAMK #education

Sidosryhmäkuulemisessa tiivis ja monipuolinen ohjelma, jotta saadaan konkreettinen #afrikkastrategia, jonka pohjalta eri toimijat voivat tehdä osansa afrikkalaisessa yhteiskunnassa. @SMEAisle @SatakunnanAMK #mysamk https://twitter.com/Haavisto/status/1311252940460625921

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Past events

Namibian delegation travels to Central Baltic area 9.-17.11.2019.

The program includes B2B meetings, site visits and events with the Embassies.

Open program in pdf https://sub.samk.fi/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/travelling-plan-SMEAisle20191011.pdf

Follow the delegation in SME Aisle social media!

Tervetuloa tapaamaan ja keskustelemaan namibialaisdelegaation kanssa businesstilaisuuteen SAMKin Merimäen auditorioon (Suojantie 2, Rauma) pe 15.11.2019 klo 13.00–14.45.

Tilaisuuden ohjelma:

13.00-13.05 Welcome and introduction,  project leader Minna Keinänen-Toivola, SAMK

13.05-13.15 SME Aisle: Promoting trade between the Finland and Namibia, captain Heikki Koivisto, SAMK

13.15-13.30 Words from Namibian delegation members

13.30-13.45 Investment plans in Logistic Hub of Namibia – Future business opportunities and projects (Maritime, ICT, Transport – road and rail ,Energy and Water, Mining) Mr. Clive Smith Walvis Bay Corridor Group

13.45-14.00 Short introduction of Finnish companies

14.00-14.45 Speed networking and negotiations between businesses

Tilaisuuden järjestävät Satakunnan ammattikorkeakoulu ja Prizztech osana CB SME Aisle projektia.

Tilaisuus on ilmainen ja englanninkielinen.

CONNECTING SOUTHERN AFRICA WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD seminar 

Time: Monday 11 November, at 9.00-12.00 followed by a networking luncheon
Venue: World Trade Center, Klarabergsviadukten 70 Stockholm
Hosts: Business Sweden and Central Baltic SME Aisle in collaboration with the Swedish-Southern African Chamber of Commerce (SSACC)

Program: https://sub.samk.fi/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Namibia-Sweden-Seminar-in-Stockholm-11-November-2019.pdf

3rd SMEAisle Business delegation to Namibia 22.9 – 5.10.2019!

The program includes business meetings, speed networking event and site visits.

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

Follow our business trip in SME Aisle social media!

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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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).

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