05 Nov 2015 07:40am
RUNDU, 05 NOV (NAMPA) The Kavango Trade Fair and Agricultural Show kicked off at Rundu on Tuesday, with over 250 exhibitors expected to participate this year.
The five-day trade fair, which is being held under the theme Creating Prosperity Through Business, ends on Saturday.
Speaking at the official opening on Wednesday, interim chairperson of the trade fair, Romanus Haironga said the Kavango Trade Fair, which was held for the first time in 2012, is going from strength to strength.
He said this years fair is bigger and better as there are more than 250 exhibitors expected to showcase their products compared to the 192 in 2014.
It is being held at the Kavango Trade Centre, a multi-million dollar complex constructed by the former Ministry of Trade and Industry for the hosting of trade fairs in the region.
In 2012, the trade fair recorded 110 exhibitors, while 176 exhibitors participated in 2013.
The number of visitors to the trade fair also increased from 9 000 in 2012 to 20 000 in 2014.
More than 25 000 visitors are expected to visit the event this year.
Haironga said this year, the trade fair will continue with the tradition of giving awards to the best exhibitors and that sponsors will also be categorised in groups such as Gold, Silver and Bronze according to the sponsorships they give.
Also on the programme is the Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) five-kilometre marathon for any individuals wishing to participate, as well as business presentations and livestock auctioning.
Winners in the marathon will win medals, T-shirts and other prizes.
Several goods such as arts and crafts, and services such as those offered by corporate companies and government institutions are on display.
The Governor of the Kavango East Region, Samuel Mbambo, had the honour of officially opening the Kavango Trade Fair and Agricultural Show.
The main sponsor of this years trade fair is Standard Bank Namibia, which availed N.dollars 70 000 towards the event.
The trade fair will end on Saturday with performances by The Dogg and other local artists.