EMBASSY OF FINLAND LUSAKA
As part of the Finnish Foreign Service, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ missions have the central task to build a secure and predictable future for all Finns. The network of Finnish missions abroad comprises 90 offices, including the Embassy of Finland in Lusaka, which provide a broad range of services to Finns and the Finnish society.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA) and its Embassy in Lusaka are working hard to improve international business opportunities for Finnish companies. This work includes providing companies with information, helping them to establish new contacts, and giving advice on issues concerning market access in various countries. The MFA also offers funding opportunities in developing markets.
The Embassy of Finland in Lusaka provides services to the companies as part of the Team Finland Network. The Team Finland network promotes the internationalisation and growth of Finnish enterprises, foreign investments in Finland, and the country brand. Team Finland based in Zambia offers services also in Zimbabwe, Malawi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the region, the areas of Finnish business interests include among others renewable energy, agriculture and forestry, construction, ICT, education, and mining and environmental technology.
ACCELERATED GROWTH FOR SMES IN ZAMBIA
The Accelerated Growth for MSMEs in Zambia (AGS) Programme is a private sector development initiative funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and implemented with the Zambian Ministry of Commerce, Trade, and Industry.
AGS accelerates the growth and competitiveness of micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) and start-ups in Zambia. It thrives to build businesses that contribute to the creation of jobs, well-being, and inclusivity in the Zambian economy.
The Programme works towards strengthened, long-lasting business partnerships between Zambia and Finland. It supports co-creation activities and access to new markets locally, regionally, and internationally.
AGS targets growth-oriented businesses in Lusaka, Copperbelt and North Western Provinces, with focus on five key sectors: agribusiness, forestry, renewable energy, circular economy, and mining services. ICT and education are seen as cross-cutting sectors.
SOUTHERN AFRICA INNOVATION SUPPORT
The Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme (SAIS 2) is a regional development initiative supported by Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) in partnership with the ministries responsible for science, technology, and innovation in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia as well as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat.
The programme supports the growth of new businesses by strengthening innovation ecosystems and promoting cross-border collaboration between innovation role players in Southern Africa. It applies three tools to further these aims: innovation funding, capacity building, and knowledge and networking.