Trade fairs should be run by local authorities, not private individuals

16 Mar 2017 12:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 16 MAR (NAMPA) - Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge on Wednesday pledged support and money to trade fairs wholly organised by local authorities in his region.
He was speaking at a meeting here attended by mayors of Okahandja, Okakarara, Otjiwarongo, Otavi and Grootfontein as well as chairpersons of the towns’ management committees and chief executive officers (CEOs).
Ipinge said he does not understand why Okakarara, Otjiwarongo and Grootfontein have opted to privatise their annual trade fair activities, yet all needed facilities to run the shows belong to the three town councils.
“Therefore, I will not fully attend the trade fairs which are in the hands of private individuals.”
Ipinge said he wants to know what happens to the money generated at the gates and by the rented stall space during the annual trade fairs run by private individuals or societies.
He suggested these individuals have interest in making huge profits.
“Do you have the financial reports or statements on the money generated by these private trade fair societies you have hired? I want to see them,” he charged.
The governor then praised the Otavi Town Council for organising and running its own annual trade fair and investment exposition.
Ipinge also commended the Okahandja Municipality for running and generating money through its own annual trade fair.
“My office will support your efforts in organising these trade fairs and expect my presence at your trade fair activities.”
He pledged N.dollars 50 000 to the upcoming new trade fair for the Okondjatu settlement, and N.dollars 20 000 each to the Otavi and Okahandja trade fairs managed by the local authorities.
The mayors of Otjiwarongo, Okakarara and Grootfontein said they need about two years to learn how to run the trade fairs.
They also promised not to renew contracts with the private trade fair societies running shows at their towns.