SME Aisle project objective is to support SMEs from Central Baltic (Finland (Åland), Estonia, Latvia and Sweden) with an ambition and potential to enter into new markets in Southern Africa using Namibia as stable entry point. Themes are shipbuilding, maritime and logistics, renewable energy, automation and ICT.
CB region companies in Finland incl. Åland, Estonia, Latvia, Sweden have strong competences for maritime cluster (shipbuilding, maritime& logistics, renewable energy, automation, ICT). However, many CB companies are too small alone and expertize is very limited/scattered for export activities on fast growing Southern African market (62% of global population in Africa by 2050). The customers expect concept solutions for products and services. There are vast export possibilities for an adaptable, scalable product and services concept for CB region companies as clusters to these markets. Main objective is to achieve sales to CB’s SME’s with joint concept using Namibia as a safe entry point to coastal Southern African (SA) countries (e.g. South Africa, Angola, Mozambique). All SME Aisle partners are already operating actively within safe, smart and environmentally friendly maritime cluster to promote export from Finland, Latvia, Estonia and Sweden. The lead partner has deep expertise and consistent connections in Namibia’s business environment since 2012.