New trade fair centre for Gobabis

31 Aug 2017 15:30pm
GOBABIS, 31 AUG (NAMPA) - A new trade fair venue, which is among others expected to host the annual Omaheke Trade Fair, is on the cards for Gobabis.
The venue, in the tradition of the Ongwediva Trade Fair Centre, or the Windhoek Show Grounds, will be constructed on a piece of land adjacent to the site of the regional government office park.
Special Adviser to the Regional Governor, Pio Nganate, told Nampa on Thursday the Omaheke Trade Fair committee has in principle secured the land from the Gobabis Town Council for that purpose.
Nganate, who doubles as chairperson for the Omaheke Trade Fair, said his committee is currently finalising documentation and other logistics pertaining to the transaction with the Gobabis Town Council.
“We want to have a single venue that will host the trade fair yearly, and also other related activities during the year to avoid it becoming dormant,” he noted.
Nganate said the envisaged trade fair centre will make provision for the hosting of various small businesses, especially those involved in small scale manufacturing, to allow them to trade in their products throughout the year.
The idea is to have those who “work with their hands” to realise their potential by making use of the envisaged facility to improve their lives.
Nganate explained that despite efforts of Government to encourage the setting up of manufacturing enterprises, such businesses have not been forthcoming in Omaheke.
“We want to assist those who can do things with their own hands so that they in turn can employ others and that way we uplift the living standards of many people in the region,” he said.
Plans are also underway to use the centre for the auctioning of livestock, especially those of the region's communal farmers.
He said such a process will include trading directly with the buyer of the livestock, thereby eliminating the costly role of the middle-man in the form of a livestock sales agent.
“We have seen livestock of our farmers fetching good prices at auctions, but such profits do not benefit them as they are gulped up by these middle-men,” Nganate noted.
No date is set for commencement of construction of the envisaged centre, although Nganate maintained that a ground-breaking ceremony for the centre is expected to take place later this year.