AFRICA INNOVATION NETWORK® in South Africa

Connecting Nordic and South African businesses

Members 

Business delegations in 2020 

Members

Business delegations in 2020

Promote your business 

Our partner in South Africa 

This spot can be yours if you like to promote your business. The fee for local partnership is EURO XXX. (tba)

AFRICA INNOVATION NETWORK® is now embarking on the most ambitious network strategy to date. We do this in cooperation with our local partner InterGest South Africa.

We are therefore inviting existing South African ecosystems, clusters, investors and companies to become a part of AFRICA INNOVATION NETWORK®. We aim to create the foundation for what is going to be a stimulating Nordic-South African movement and inclusion, Below you´ll find links to our seminars and if you like to be part of AFRICA INNOVATION NETWORK® please contact us through the contact form in the bottom of this page. 

 

Seminars in 2019 

 

 

Seminars in 2020 

 

  • Johannesburg, March xx,: “Funding opportunities”
  • Johannesburg, May xx,: “Video conference – Nordic companies”
  • Johannesburg, June XX: “Tba”
  • Johannesburg, September XX: Tba” 

Video: Networking session: “How to do do business in the Nordics” 

Video: Consultant, Sarah Skou Andreasen: “How to do do business in the Nordics” 

Business in the Nordics 

 

In the Nordics there is a strong focus and commitment towards green transmission, climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG´s) and a sustainable and good governance in general. Below you´ll find some of the driving sectors in the Nordis: 

Motor vehicles, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, industrial machines, precision equipment, chemical goods, forestry, iron and steel, wind turbines, medical equipment, healthcare solutions, digital solutions, shipbuilding, food processing, machinery and transportation equipment, textiles and clothing, electronics, construction, furniture and other wood products, oil/offshore solutions.

Ease of doing business ranking (2020): Denmark: 4th, Norway: 9th, Sweden: 10th, Finland: 20th 
(Source: World Bank). 

Business in South Africa 

 

South Africa is the second largest economy in Sub Saharan Africa with a GDP on $765.5 billion. South Africa has a highly developed economy and advanced economic infrastructure facilitating a strong business environment. South Africa is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of gold, platinum, and other natural resources. Also, it has well-developed and well-established financial, legal, communications, energy, and transport sectors. However, changing structures have simultaneously led to new rapidly growing sectors such as ICT, agriculture, mining, manufacturing, tourism, textile, financial services and wholesale and retail trade creating lucrative investment opportunities.

Ease of doing business ranking (2020): South Africa: 84th (Source: World Bank). 
(Source: World Bank). 

Business culture 

 

South Africa and the Nordics differ significantly in business procedures, etiquettes and norms, which are essential to be acquainted with in order to maximise chances of success when doing business. South Africa is a diverse country making it complicated to describe one business culture, however, in general the following characteristics of South African business culture differs the most from Nordic business culture; a low level of trust, hierarchical organizational structure, a slower decision-making process and less focus on punctuality. On the contrary, Nordic business cultures are in general characterised with high level of trust, a flat organisational structure, fast decision-making process and great emphasis on punctuality.

The Nordics are among the countries with lowest corruption in the world. The latest (2018) rankings are: Denmark: 1st, Sweden/Finland: 3rd, Norway: 7th, South Africa: 73rd
(Source: Transparency International). 

AFRICA INNOVATION NETWORK® is facilitated by Nordekon Consultancy Company
– the leading Nordic consultancy company in how to do business in Africa

In South Africa we facilitate AFRICA INNOVATION NETWORK® in cooperation with InterGest South Africa 

Managing Director, Mr. Volker Werth 

AFRICA INNOVATION NETWORK in South Africa is for South African companies with focus on business in the Nordics. If you would like to apply for membership please send us a message by using the contact form.

Contact our local partner InterGest Ltd (Pty) in South Africa if you have any questions regarding AFRICA INNOVATION NETWORK in South Africa: volker.werth@intergest.com

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