OATF attracts more exhibitors

13 Aug 2014 20:00pm
ONGWEDIVA, 13 AUG (NAMPA) – Five hundred-and-thirty exhibitors will showcase their products and services at the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF) this year.
Last year there were 525 exhibitors.
The 2014 OATF will take place from 22 to 30 August at the Ongwediva Trade Centre.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba will open the 14th edition of the popular trade fair on 23 August.
Spokesperson of the OATF and the Ongwediva Town Council, Andreas Utoni confirmed this to Nampa on Wednesday, saying 36 out of the 530 exhibitors are from Zimbabwe (13), South Africa (10), Kenya (4), Ghana (2), China (2) and one each from Botswana, Japan, Egypt, Tanzania and Saudi Arabia.
Mobile Telecommunications Limited is the main sponsor of the trade fair with an amount of N.dollars 450 000.
“The OATF in not an event for Ongwediva town and the Oshana Region, it is a national exhibition and we are only facilitating the creation of a platform where local, national and international exhibitors are offered an opportunity to showcase their products and services,” Utoni explained.
He invited members of the public to visit the OATF in large numbers.
The new entrance gate sponsored by Standard Bank Namibia at a cost of N.dollars 2.2million will be inaugurated during this year’s exhibition.
Regarding the much-feared Ebola disease, Utoni said visitors should not fear because, Health and Social Services Minister Dr Richard Kamwi has assured the nation that surveillance contingents are in place at all the entry points of the country.
“We have a confidence in our government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Services, that the borders of the country are under proper control,” Utoni stated, adding that all foreign exhibitors and visitors will enter the country from gazetted points.
The entrance fee for adults has increased from N.dollars 10 to N.dollars 15 this year.
Entrance for vehicles is still N.dollars 10, and N.dollars 5 for children.