24 Sep 2014 17:30pm
GOBABIS, 24 SEP (NAMPA) - The third edition of the Omaheke Trade Fair (OTF) officially opened on Tuesday in Gobabis - the main economic centre of the Omaheke Region.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, the OTF chairperson Pio Nganate, who is also the Special Advisor to the Omaheke regional governor Festus Ueitele, urged Namibians to come in large numbers to this year's trade fair in order to boost its revenue.
He said the organisers of the OTF has gone out of their way to ensure that this year's trade event takes place in a much more conducive environment compared to the first editions.
We have raised the bar this year in almost everything regarding the trade fair. We have more exhibitors coming, especially from Zimbabwe and Angola - our two sister countries. As such, please feel free to visit the trade fair and find out what business, agricultural and other opportunities lie in waiting for you, he said.
Nganate said each year marks a giant step in the organisation of the trade fair, and as such the challenges experienced during the two previous editions are something of the past.
The maiden edition of the OTF was held during September 2012, while the second edition was held exactly a year later, albeit with a few logistical challenges.
The absence of a main sponsor for the event, ill marketing and turning the Legare Sports Stadium into trade fair ground had presented challenges in the past, especially during the maiden version of the event.
According to the OTF website, the event attracted 7 999 visitors during the 2012 edition.
Figures on the number of exhibitors expected to showcase their products and services during this year's events were not available.
We have experienced more people coming to the trade fair for business or leisure purposes. People have gained more trust in the trade fair over the years, and this trust is bound to reach new heights as demonstrated by the interest shown in the event thus far, said the chairperson.
Besides the obvious attractions of cattle shows and small livestock parades, the Omaheke Trade Fair will showcase Miss Omaheke, a horse racing challenge and numerous cultural activities.
A new 'Culture Village', which will feature traditional dishes and cuisine amongst others, will also be officially opened during the trade fair.