South Africa business briefing + report launch on maritime opportunities

Member meeting

Hotel Continental, Stortingsgata 24, Oslo


NABA members are welcome to join a business briefing on South Africa by Ms. Koosum Kalyan, advisory board member of NABA.

In addition to the business update from Ms. Koosum Kalyan, we will also learn more about the maritime industry opportunities in South Africa. A report highlighting concrete business opportunities in South Africa and beyond will be presented by Innovation Norway’s South Africa office.

South Africa is one of the largest and the most diversified free market economies on the African continent. It is home to over 75% of the leading African companies and a global leader in banking and financial market/services systems. South Africa remains one of the world’s richest in mineral resources and has developed its economy on the strength of its mining, engineering, manufacturing, agriculture, financial services and ICT sectors.

13 000 vessels call at South African ports per year. Currently inspections, ship repair, maintenance, modifications, ship building and other related services takes place at the 6 major ports, with the potential to service upwards of 2500 vessels per year, based on the traffic around the South African coast, and the facilities and skills available.

Opportunities in terms of Green and Smart Ports include: Systems that perform complex data and information processing, deployment of innovative technology solutions that improve operational efficiencies, cyber security measures, maritime connectivity, real time port environmental monitoring, integration with Port Cities.

Green Shipping opportunities identified: alternative bunker fuels such as LNG and hydrogen as well as hybrid systems including electric engines.

Opportunities exist for waste management facilities and systems, programs for environmentally sustainable shipping operations along South African waters and in ports, emission abatement technologies and emission control.

The local ship builders are interested in partnering with companies offering design services, materials and components in order to build more efficient vessels for the local and African market.


Koosum Kalyan
Advisory board member

Ms. Koosum Kalyan is a Director of MTN Group Ltd, on the board of Anglo American South Africa, and she also serves as a director in Aker Solutions in Norway. She has previously served as a Senior Business Development Manager of African Exploration Oil and Gas of Shell International Exploration and as a Senior Economist at the Chamber of Mines of South Africa. Ms. Kalyan has also lectured on the Africa Program at Harvard Business School and Wharton Business School. She holds in B.Comm (Hons) in Law & Economics from University of Durban - Westville.

Heidi Dahl
Director South Africa

Heidi Dahl is the Director for South Africa at Innovation Norway. She has worked in global leadership roles in Europe, USA and Africa for the last 30 years, including public sector, bank and finance, media, transport, international travel industry and has also been instrumental in successful company start ups.


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Event contact

Eivind Fjeldstad
+47 95969631