30th September 2021 at 9 – 11.30 am Cape Town time
(in Helsinki from 10 to 12.30 o’clock)

Zoom online meeting, registration through this link latest on the 28th September 2021 and here (https://wesgro.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kgF8u3VXTDmhjFciT4m6OQ)

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.

The program will be recorded.


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

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

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

Welcome to the Western Cape
Mr. David Maynier, MECof Finance and Economic Opportunities, Western Cape

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

Sector Breakaway sessions

Breakaway 1Circular 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 – Agribusiness

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

Western Cape Province as your next business partner – Wesgro

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

Finnpartnership services for connecting Finnish and South African companies

Moderators’ summaries – next steps

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