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


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.

Next trip to Southern Africa in spring 2019!

Next business delegation to South Africa and Namibia will be arranged in spring 2019. Details coming out soon!


The growing Southern African market offers opportunities for Central Baltic SMEs

The project SME Aisle conducted a business trip to Namibia in September and October 2018. Altogether 16 SMEs from Finland, Latvia, Estonia and Sweden took part in the trip. The SMEs represented different areas such as ICT, renewable energy, shipbuilding and automation.

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 new 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.



1 731 850,31 EUR (ERDF: 1 358 178,06 EUR)

SAMK: 578 802,33 EUR (ERDF: 422 525,70 EUR)

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.


Project partners:


What is SME Aisle?

Presentation about the project SME Aisle and its partners. Check the slideshow (click to enlarge).

Workshop on Business Opportunities in Southern African markets

In the first video of the workshop, Minna Keinänen-Toivola gives introduction on Southern African market as an opportunity for maritime cluster (CB SME Aisle project).

In the 2nd video of the workshop, Jeffrey Salahub gives presentation on Doing Business in Namibia: Gateway to SADC.


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Team @SMEAisle participated in seminars in #PortElizabeth and #Durban in #SouthAfrica on last October. Seminars were organized by @teamfinlandfi & #Finnpartnership. @SatakunnanAMK @BusinessFinland @CentralBaltic @FinEmbPretoria

Team of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences – SAMK at #CentralBaltic Annual Event 2018 in Turku: Sanna-Mari Renfors, @KeinanenToivola and Jaana Ruoho representing #Boosted, #NatureBizz, #PortMate, #SMEAisle and #EfficientFlow projects. https://t.co/RN0kwzU6Mq


SME Aisle project is part of the international multiscientific Smart Urban Business research work
in Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland.

Other on-going SUB projects:


Minna Keinänen-Toivola, Ph.D.

+358 44 710 3063