30 Oct 2013 19:20pm
OMAFO, 30 OCT (NAMPA) Events such as the Helao Nafidi Business Expo are very important, because they contribute to the socio-economic development of the surrounding communities and the country at large, the Namibian Head of State has said.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba said this in a statement presented on his behalf by Trade and Industry Minister Calle Schlettwein on the occasion of the official opening of the seven-day Helao Nafidi Annual Business Exposition (Expo) in the Ohangwena Region on Wednesday.
This initiative brings small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), big corporates and investors at one place to share ideas, network, and enter into business deals that can lead to the creation and development of new enterprises, job opportunities and poverty alleviation in our communities, the president noted.
He explained that the main objective of the Helao Nafidi Annual Business Expo is to showcase products and services produced by the Helao Nafidi community, as well as those from other parts of the country.
Pohamba said his government continues to render its full support to the Helao Nafidi Business Expo and to similar initiatives aimed at promoting economic, trade and commercial activities in the country.
The Namibian leader then congratulated the Helao Nafidi Annual Business Expo organisers for successfully hosting the event, while expressing gratitude to the sponsors for the financial and other contributions made towards the realisation of the expo.
Speaking at the same event, Helao Nafidi Mayor Paulus Haikali revealed that close to 123 exhibitors are participating in the expo this year.
Although we received 414 applications, we could unfortunately only accommodate about 123 due to limited exhibition space, Haikali said.
The first edition of the Helao Nafidi Annual Business Expo took place in 2005, and was hosted close to the Namibia-Angola border point of Oshikango.
The expo commenced its activities on Monday, and it runs until Sunday.