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 DELEGATION SUCESS!
The Delegation 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 Delegation 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 Delegation 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.