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SSE Talks on East Africa: The Importance of Large Companies to Economic Development - 13 April 2021

Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (Misum), SSE Institute for Research (SIR) and House of Innovation (HOI) in collaboration with the Swedish East African Chamber of Commerce co-hosted the screening of a short film on the growth of East Africa, and the importance of large companies to economic development.

Watch the screening version of the film:

East Africa represents one of the last emerging market frontiers. Steps to improve agricultural methods are taken throughout the region, and the population growth drives strong urbanization. Dar es Salaam, a city of six million inhabitants on the coast of Tanzania, is the second fastest-growing city worldwide, potentially reaching over 70 million people by 2100, according to National Geographic. Six of the ten fastest-growing countries are in Africa and more than 50% of the world´s population growth will come from Africa over the next 30 years. Can we compare with China and India and the growth and development we have seen there? Can we compare to how Sweden developed? How can Swedish businesses and individuals best engage in this fast-growing part of the world?

This short film produced by Scania, Swedfund, SWEACC and MTI Investment brings together expert practitioners and public officials to share their know-how of economic development in East Africa, interviewed by Misum's Executive Director Martina Björkman Nyqvist. Their experience and expertise can aid the understanding of how investors and businesses can engage in the region. The session started with a screening of an abridged version of the film, followed by a live Q&A with some of the experts interviewed.

Moderator: Pontus Engström, Affiliated Researcher at House of Innovation, SSE and co-founder of MTI Investment SE


  • Dr. Willibrod Slaa, Ambassador to the Nordic Countries, the Baltics and Ukraine
  • Gunilla Carlsson, Director for African Venture Philanthropy Association (AVPA) and former Minister for International Development Cooperation
  • Eliavera Timoth, Marketing Manager, Scania Tanzania Ltd
  • Peter Stein, Africa expert and economist
  • Karin Kronhöffer, Director Strategy and Communication at Swedfund
  • Jan Furuvald, Chairman of Swedish East Africa Chamber of Commerce

Watch the Q&A session:


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