First Omusati Business Expo on the cards

06 Mar 2017 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 06 MAR (NAMPA) – The first-ever Omusati Business Expo and Trade Fair will this year be held from 30 March to 09 April 2017 at the Olufuko Centre in Outapi.
The date was announced by Indigenous People’s Business Forum (IPBF) Chief Executive Officer, Chrisch Siririka during a media conference here on Monday.
Siririka said the event will not showcase the usual agricultural exhibition due to a possible low turnout of farmers who are affected by restrictions set by the veterinary cordon fence (VCF), also known as the ‘Red Line’.
The Red Line is fence that stretches over 1 000 kilometres from north-west to north-east, separating the northern communal farmers from the rest of the country. It was established by the colonial South African government in 1960 to reportedly avoid the spread of livestock diseases.
This fence has made it increasingly difficult for northern communal farmers to properly market their products, as it prohibits trade of such livestock in the more lucrative areas south of the divide.
“The Red Line is really disturbing farmers and demeaning the right of the farmers in Omusati Region,” he said.
Siririka said the expo will be the first of its kind, and it was endorsed by the IPBF to stimulate regional trade, youth employment, and rural development.
He said various activities will take place at the expo such as talk shows on agriculture, and small and medium enterprises (SME) as well as an exhibition and music bash.
He said the committee will organise a fundraising gala dinner on 30 March at Outapi to solicit funds for the event.
Siririka said they are forecasting to have about N.dollars 600 000 to host the event.
He said through partnership with the office of the Omusati Governor and Outapi Town Council, 30 per cent of the profit derived from the expo will be directly injected into the Governor’s Development Fund to be used for education, SME development and social safety nets.
Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa Amadhila is expected to officiate at the gala dinner and expo.
The entrance fee to the expo is N.dollars 20 for adults and N.dollars 5 for children.