NCCI prepares for Ondjiva Trade Fair

08 Apr 2015 18:40pm
OSHIKANGO, 08 APR (NAMPA) – The chairperson of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) at Helao Nafidi town has called on interested Namibian entrepreneurs to start registering for the 2015 Ondjiva Trade Fair.
Frieda Shikangala made the call at the town’s Oshikango suburb in the Ohangwena Region, where the northern NCCI Helao Nafidi satellite branch held a consultative meeting on the annual trade show.
The fair is hosted on the outskirts of Ondjiva town in southern Angola in July every year, and is usually dominated by Namibian businesses.
The exact date for this year’s fair is yet to be determined.
Shikangala wants Namibian entrepreneurs who are interested in showcasing their products and services at Ondjiva this year, to approach her office to register their interests before the 15th of next month.
“I will submit the list of participants to our consulate office at Ondjiva and to the Angolan Chamber of Commerce and Industry for endorsement in May,” she explained, adding that there will be no further registration after 15 May.
The early registration of Namibian exhibitors, Shikangala said, is necessary to address the inconvenience late registrations have caused in the past.
Businesspersons who attended the meeting have appealed to both Namibian and Angolan authorities to come up with clear-cut procedures concerning import levies to be paid by those taking products across the border for the said trade fair.
“Customs officials on both sides of the border tend to overcharge us in terms of import duty payments because of the absence of clear procedures to be followed by anybody importing goods for the trade fair in Ondjiva,” one of the regular participants told the meeting.
The meeting learned that some border officials demand ‘kickbacks’ before allowing exhibitors to cross into Angola.