23 Aug 2015 16:30pm
ONGWEDIVA, 23 AUG (NAMPA) The 16th edition of the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF) was officially opened by Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Development, Immanuel Ngatjizeko on Saturday.
Some 440 local and international exhibitors are showcasing their products and services at the OATF this year. These include exhibitors from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Japan, Kenya and China.
The nine-day fair started at the Ongwediva Trade Fair Centre on Friday and will conclude on Saturday.
It is our hope that this trade fair will boost the stimulation of local economic development of the town and the surrounding areas, and eventually contribute to the overall economic success of Namibia as a country, Ngatjizeko told those who attended the opening ceremony.
The culture of hosting trade fairs in northern Namibia can be traced back to the era of the Northern Namibia Trade Fair Association that hosted similar events at the Ongwediva College of Education, now the Hifkepunye Pohamba Campus (HPC) of the University of Namibia (UNAM).
Following the dissolution of the Northern Namibia Trade Fair Association, Ngatjizeko said, the OATF has grown into one of Namibias landmark business events and best practices that have induced the establishment of new trade fairs/shows and expos across the country.
Imparting Knowledge, Enhance Capacity is the theme of this years OATF.
Ngatjizeko said the theme represents a dynamic approach towards greater strides to transform the local consumption economy into a global, competitive and export-oriented economy.
The theme should therefore not only exist in word and on paper and for the duration of the trade fair, but should be translated into action to influence the livelihood of the nation, he appealed.
Mobile Communications Limited (MTC) remains the OATFs main sponsor.