SSACC demonstrated that they had a broad network in Zimbabwe, something that should be used and which can complement Business Sweden’s efforts in future promotional efforts. The Embassy is positive to a follow up delegation with the same format, preferably including visits to neighbouring countries - Sofia Calltorp, Ambassador of Sweden to Zimbabwe
Short but a great success! with many of the delegates looking forward to another trip to Zimbabwe with a longer program.
The Delegation consisted of ABB, Voith Hydro, Okapi Finance, Swedfund, Hand in Hand, Confidere AB and Ambassador Bengt Carlsson from the Africa Department at the Swedish MFA, lead by President of SSACC Åsa Jarskog.
The Delegation arrived in Harare on the 19th of April and went straight into B2B meetings at The Bronte Hotel organized by our partner ZNCC. A Business Seminar was then held in the afternoon at the Embassy of Sweden. More than 40 people participated in the seminar, including Honorable Mike Bimha, Secretary of State of the Treasury, Francis Gondo, representatives of the Zimbabwe Investment Authority, Zimtrade, Chamber of Mines and other key industry representatives.
The Business Seminar was followed by a welcome cocktail, hosted by the Swedish Ambassador to Zimbabwe at the Swedish Residence, over 88 people attained the cocktail, with great networking opportunities for the Delegation.
During the trip, the Delegation explored business and investment opportunities including sectors such as renewable energy, infrastructure, IT (payment solutions), social entrepreneurship and agriculture.
On the 20th of April, the Delegates participated in a full day of B2B's/O's/G's which SSACC organized in partnership with ZNCC based on the individual companies wishlists. We have received great feedback from the delegation on the program which was heavily individualized and B2B centers.
The delegation's visit generated great attention in the Zimbabwean media. ZBC was present during the seminar, and features of the visit were reported in the nationwide news that evening. The visit also drew attention of the country's largest newspapers.
The key take away from the Delegation is the clear Swedish business interest in opportunities in Zimbabwe. From the organizers side, SSACC, ZNCC and the Swedish Embassy, the prospects of the follow up delegation are great, with the possibility of another delegation as early as October 2018.
We would like to extend our gratitude to the collaboration we have had with the Embassy of Zimbabwe in Sweden, the Embassy of Sweden in Zimbabwe and ZNCC
All B2B meetings were spot-on and well worth the price of the delegation - Gisele Mwepu, Founder and CEO,Okapi Finance
From Swedfund’s perspective SSACC is an important partner in finding interesting investment opportunities in both Sweden and Southern Africa - Anders Craft Senior Investment Manager, Swedfund
SSACC has a unique network with key persons in the southern African business community. I recommend Swedish companies to participate in their business delegations - Bengt Carlsson, Ambassador, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs