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Online 30.9.2021

South Africa – Western Cape / Finland as future business partners

Venue: Zoom online meeting, registration latest on the 28th September 2021.

The program will be recorded, and the link will be sent to the participants and can be found on the website www.kauppayhdistys.fi

register here by 28 September

Further information

Mr. Christopher Palmberg
Head of Developing Markets, Business Finland
christopher.palmberg (at) businessfinland.fi

Ms. Anne Hatanpää
Liaison Manager, Finland Chamber of Commerce
anne.hatanpaa (at) chamber.fi

The event is co-organized by the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT), Wesgro, Africa Business Network of the Finland Chamber of Commerce, Finnpartnership, Team Finland South Africa, and the Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce.

Program

09.00
Opening of the event
Mr. Paul Hoffman, Project Manager, Garden Route Development Partnership,
and Ms. Anne Hatanpää, Liaison Manager, Finland Chamber of Commerce

09.05
Welcoming words by the Ambassador of Finland
H.E. Ms. Anne Lammila, Ambassador of Finland to the Republic of South Africa

09.10
Welcoming words
Mr. Allan Winde, Premier of the Western Cape

09.15
Welcome to the Western Cape
Mr. David Maynier, MEC of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Western Cape

09.25
Introduction to Breakaways
Mr. Paul Hoffman, Project Manager, Garden Route Development Partnership

09.30
Sector Breakaway sessions


Breakaway 1 – Circular Economy

Introduction by Mr. Yaseen Salie, WISP Facilitator & Bio-energy analyst at Green Cape
and Ms. Maria Hughes, Specialist, Global collaboration, Sustainability Solutions, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.

  • Energy efficiency (Valmet – Waste-to-Energy, biomass
    Mr. Marko Nokkala, Senior Sales Manager, Valmet Corporation

  • South African view on circular economy and Finnish sustainable packaging solutions
    Mr. Shane van der Nest, General Manager, Huhtamäki South Africa

  • Water resilience
    Ms. Heli Harkki, Unit Manager at the Water Treatment Division, City of Helsinki

  • From waste to a house – a Finnish innovation
    Mr. Markus Silfverberg, Founder, Block Solutions

Breakaway 2 – Agricultural technologies

Introduction by Mr. Towfiq Hendricks, Head Investment Promotion, Wesgro
and Ms. Kaisa Arkkila, Collaboration Coordinator, Finnpartnership

  • Western Cape export overview and opportunities in agribusiness
    Ms. Erica Joubert, Head of Export Promotion, Wesgro (TBC)

  • Sustainable agriculture products to the Finnish market; Finnpartnership market access briefing
    Ms. Kaisa Arkkila, Collaboration Coordinator, Finnpartnership

  • Finnish agricultural technologies
    Mr. Neal de Beer, CEO of Innovative Process Solutions (Pty) Ltd, Technical Partner of Kometos

Q&A

Breakaway 3 – Tech Disruptors
Mr. Sebekedi Koloi, Greenfield Investment Portfolio Manager
Mr. Rui Nozes, Commercial Advisor, Embassy of Finland

  • FinTech
    Mr. Leo Vaskelainen, Global Sales Manager, TietoEVRY
  • Cybersecurity from Finland
    Mr. Ashley Benn, Regional Sales Manager, Arctic Security Oy
  • Coding from Finland – a pilot from a South African company
    Dr. Marcus Duveskog, Technical Director, Contextualize

10.50
Western Cape Province as your next business partner – Wesgro

11.00
Funding for co-creation - the Developing Markets Platform
Mr. Christopher Palmberg, Head of Developing Markets, Business Finland

11.10
Finnpartnership services for connecting Finnish and South African companies
Ms. Kaisa Arkkila, Collaboration Coordinator,
Finnpartnership – Finnish Business Partnership Programme

11.20
Moderators’ summaries – next steps

11.35
Closing words
Mr. Paul Hoffman, Project Manager, Garden Route Development Partnership,
and Ms. Anne Hatanpää, Liaison Manager, Finland Chamber of Commerce