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)
Welcome to join the SSACC membership and participate in all our events MEMBERSHIP
Dear SSACC members, partners and friends,
As the year has come to an end, I take the opportunity to reflect on the SSACC-journey so far. Our upcoming AGM marks the celebration of SSACC’s 5 year anniversary, and I am proud to note how far we have come.
When I joined SSACC almost 5 years ago, the organization had no vision, no mission, no values, no strategy, no activities…and most importantly, NO MEMBERS.
It was painful but necessary to transform the organisation, and I am extremely happy and proud of our Team, our MEMBERS and our achievements. Today we know who we are, what we do and why. We have very qualified members of our Executive Board, who are there for the right reason. All SADC Embassies in Sweden see us as #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, we members are find us relevant, and confirm that we have helped them to reach their goals in doing business in Southern Africa
2018 was indeed a milestone, the year when we organised business delegations to THREE SADC countries; Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. Thanks to our great partnerships with local business partners in Africa, as well as with the Swedish and African Governments, the business delegations became a great success, attracted great media coverage, and brought around several business deals. We have received several requests from members and above mentioned partners to organise delegation trips to other African countries and look forward to making it happen!
In conclusion, I look forward to 2019, bringing SSACC to the next level and increasing membership-value even further. I hope to see you all at our AGM on 21 February, you will soon receive a separate invitation for the AGM)
If you are interested in being part of SSACC’s success story, please let us know. There are numerous ways to participate, as a corporate Members, a Board Member, a Partner, as Sponsor, or in a way we did not yet think about…but perhaps you did?
WISHING YOU RELAXING AND THOUGHTFUL CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY!
Åsa Jarskog, President SSACC
The best Swedish Delegation to Tanzania that we have had to date - Embassy of Sweden in Tanzania
YET ANOTHER SSACC TRADE MISSION SUCCESS!
The Trade Mission consisted of ABB, Voith Hydro, Swedbank, DeLaval, Wedholms, LFV Aviation, Jos Hansen and Ambassador Bengt Carlsson from the Africa Department at the Swedish MFA.
The Trade Mission arrived in Dar es Salaam on the 8th of October and on the 9th SSACC in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden and the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) hosted a Business Seminar at the Best Western Coral Beach Hotel. The seminar had a fantastic turn out, with over 80 people attending the event, including PS for the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Prof. Buchweishaija, the Director Generals of TANESCO and Tanzania Investment Centre, among other Government and business leaders from both countries. We were also especially grateful to have the Tanzanian Ambassador to Sweden, Dr. Slaa, join us for the full duration of the program in Dar es Salaam.
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 10th and 11th of October were set aside for B2B meeting. Delegates provide SSACC before hand with detailed information on what they would like to accomplish from the trip and a wishlist 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 with the Tanzania Central Bank, Ministries of Trade, Energy, Finance, Infrastructure and TANESCO.
A dinner was organised at the Swedish residence to further provide opportunities for strategic contact creation at a very high level, exchange of knowledge and experience of doing business in Tanzania and the opportunity to market Swedish solutions.
The Trade Mission received national wide media coverage, highlighting the strong historical relationship between Tanzania and Sweden and a positive outlook on the business relationship between Swedish and Tanzanian companies.
We are very grateful for the collaboration we have had with the Embassy of Tanzania in Sweden, the Embassy of Sweden in Tanzania, TCCIA and the Tanzania Ministry of Foreign Affairs through our partnership with Ambassador Dr. Slaa. We look forward to deepening this collaboration with more activities in promoting trade and investment between Sweden and Tanzania.