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The European Commission (EC) organised the EU – South Africa Matchmaking Event in the context of Manufacturing Indaba which was held on 24 October – 26 October 2023.

The EU – South Africa Matchmaking Event itself took place on-site in Johannesburg, South Africa on 24 October – 26 October 2023.

The European Commission and The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) of South Africa jointly organised the event with the support of the EU Delegation to South Africa and facilitated by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) and the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).

The EU – South Africa Matchmaking Event brought together cluster organisations, SMEs, Start-ups and European Industry Associations from the European Union (EU), non-EU COSME countries, and South Africa. It provided participants an excellent chance to promote Cluster to Cluster (C2C), Cluster to Business (C2B), and Business to Business (B2B) collaborations. The overall objective of the event was to promote the exchange of information and provide networking opportunities for European cluster organisations and their members with counterparts from South Africa, particularly in the fields of Agri-food, Green Industries, Chemicals and Metals, Tourism, Transport (Maritime and Automotive), Digital Tech, Textile and Leather.

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Welcoming address from Jakub Boratynski, DG GROW

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Agenda and Activities

  • Preparatory Webinar – an opportunity to receive information on undertaking business in South Africa and guidance on how to participate successfully in the planned event. Date: 26 September 2023, 9:30 – 11:00 CET. Agenda to be found here.
  • Technical Webinar – a session helping future participants of the matchmaking event to make the most of their profiling in the B2Match tool and explain the procedures to optimise the booking of meetings. Date: 10 October 2023, 9:30-10:30 CET.
  • Matchmaking meetings between Cluster Organisations, SMEs, Start-ups and European Industry Associations from EU (and non-EU COSME) countries and South Africa. 24 October 2023
  • Site visits
  • Debriefing session to collect feedback and testimonials from cluster participants.
  • Participation at the Manufacturing Indaba
  • Post-event survey

Focus areas

  • Agri-food
  • Green industries
  • Chemicals and metals
  • Tourism
  • Transport (Maritime and automotive)
  • Digital tech
  • Textile and leather


The objectives for the participants included:


The EU – South Africa Matchmaking Event took place on-site in Johannesburg, South Africa. Participants were able to schedule meetings through the B2Match Platform. 

Event Activities

  • Participation in Manufacturing Indaba 2023.
  • Matchmaking sessions between cluster organisations and SMEs from EU (and COSME) countries and South Africa
  • Local visits
  • Debriefing session to collect feedback from cluster participants

+ more to be announced soon!


This invitation was addressed to cluster, business network organisations, SMEs, Start-ups and European Industry Associations interested in collaborating with South African counterparts in the following sectors:

  • Agri-food
  • Green industries
  • Chemicals and metals
  • Tourism
  • Transport (Maritime and automotive)
  • Digital tech
  • Textile and leather

Call for Expression of Interest

Calls for Expression of Interest targeting cluster organisations, SMEs, Start-Ups and European Industry Associations from the EU and non-EU COSME countries who wish to participate are now closed.


EU-South Africa Matchmaking Event 2023: Watch the highlights video🎬

Preparatory Webinar

A preparatory Webinar for The EU – South Africa Matchmaking Event was held on 26 September 2023. The Agenda for the Webinar is available here.

Below are all the presentations used in the frame of the Webinar:

Market access information session – collaboration opportunities and guidelines on how to do business with South AfricaRegional approach, presentation of Input paper

  • Lennart Galdiga, Expert ‘Data & Policy‘, ECCP - download presentation
  • Darryn Allan, Policy Officer, Trade and Economic Section, Delegation of the European Union to South Africa - download presentation
  • Papama Mnyamana, Investment Facilitation Manager, Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, Gauteng Provincial Government, Republic of South Africa - download presentation

Presentation of the Africa IP SME Helpdesk project: Supporting the internationalisation of SMEs to South Africa

Presentation of Manufacturing Indaba, practical information, general overview and insights

Technical Webinar

Presentations delivered in the frame of the onsite matchmaking event

Pitching Session

Nomusa R. Dlamini (PhD), Presented at EU-South Africa Matchmaking Event

Anne Sormunen, Cluster Manager, Executive Director,

Jenny Marshall Senior Project Manager: Incubation Programmes, Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC)

Zoltan Beke, Member of the Board, INNOSKART

Yamkela Nhleko ESD Coordinator, eThekwini Maritime Cluster

Botond Gagyi, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Qubiz

Lusanda Fibi, Director, Mandela Bay Maritime Cluster 

Daria Michalska, Silesian Nano Cluster

Ferenc Fedor PhD, MBA, SouthWest Hungarian Engineering Cluster

Pedro Rocha, Portuguese Production Technologies Cluster

Rezső KÁDÁR, Cluster Manager, Prowood Cluster

Adrienne Gentil, Valorial

Presentations shared in the frame of manufacturing Indaba, 25 October 2023

Doing Business between KwaZulu-Natal & the European Union

Opportunities for Growth and Investment in Gauteng

Proceedings report

The proceedings report is available here.

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