18 Aug 2015 07:40am
ONGWEDIVA, 18 AUG (NAMPA) Preparations for the 2015 Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF) are in full swing with contractors busy erecting exhibition stands at the show ground before the fair starts on Friday.
OATF spokesperson Andreas Utoni told Nampa on Monday 440 local and international exhibitors are expected to showcase their products and services during the OATF of this year.
Utoni, who is also the corporate communications officer of the Ongwediva Town Council, pointed out that over 500 exhibitors have applied for stands this year.
However, he indicated that all applicants could not be accommodated because the show ground only has 440 spaces.
Last year, we went the extra mile by accommodating five more exhibitors but it was not good for us at all and, as such, we have decided not to go beyond the show ground capacity this year, he explained.
According to Utoni, 35 international exhibitors from Kenya, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Japan and China will participate in this years OATF.
The Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development, Immanuel Ngatjizeko, will officially open the 2015 OATF on Saturday.
The Ongwediva Town Council is hosting the trade fair for the 16th consecutive year, while Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) remains the main sponsor.
MTC pledged to sponsor the show with about N.dollars 473 000 during a fundraising gala dinner held at Ongwediva last month.
MTC was followed by Nedbank Namibia with N.dollars 150 000 and First National Bank of Namibia and Standard Bank Namibia with a sponsorship of N.dollars 140 000 each.
More than N.dollars 1.2 million in pledges and otherwise was raised during the gala dinner.
The nine-day fair ends on 29 August.