Erongo Expo must be country's best: Namport CEO

18 Aug 2016 08:40am
WALVIS BAY, 18 AUG (NAMPA) – The Namport Erongo Business and Tourism Expo must be number one in the country as it has been around for 10 years now, Namport Chief Executive Officer Bisey /Uirab said on Wednesday.
The expo, slated for 26 to 29 October in Walvis Bay, was officially launched at the coastal town with Namibia’s ports authority as the main sponsor. The State entity has invested N.dollars 1 million thus far, with half allocated for this year and the other for next year.
In his speech, /Uirab called on organisers to have the event demonstrate growth and maturity.
“I call upon all the organisers of this very important business event to make sure it is number one in the country. I believe 10 years is enough time for this event to reach greater heights; it cannot remain a baby forever.”
The CEO also noted the importance of cooperation between organisers and corporate companies to support the event for it to grow.
“We can only grow our businesses if we work together and support each other as a country.”
The patron of the expo and Governor of Erongo Region, Cleophas Mutjavikua, who officiated at the expo’s launch, shared the same sentiments.
Mutjavikua said he observed the steady growth of the expo since it started in Swakopmund in 2007.
“Let us make it big because it is not impossible for this event to achieve international standard. If other countries can do it, we can also do it,” he said.
The governor emphasised that apart from providing a platform for networking, marketing and research, this expo must also be used to showcase Namibian products.
“Let us show what Namibia can offer to the world. We should avoid showcasing products from other countries when we also have our own.”
He noted that exhibitors and business people in the tourism industry should optimally use the event to market tourism sites and activities in the country.
“We have great tourism potential, especially in Erongo. We just need aggressive marketing and the industry will boom.”
The Namport Business and Tourism Expo will take place at the Civic Centre in Walvis Bay.
Other partners include the Walvis Bay Municipality, Expo Studio and Erongo Regional Electricity Distributor (RED) company.