Okakarara trade fair centre should be expanded: Kandorozu

10 Sep 2017 10:20am
OKAKARARA, 10 SEP (NAMPA) – Government should expand the complex where the Okakarara Annual Trade Fair is hosted, Okakarara Constituency Councillor Vetaruhe Kandorozu has said.
Kandorozu told Nampa in an interview Friday the centre where the trade fair is held belongs to the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development through its implementing agency, the Namibia Development Corporation (NDC).
According to Kandorozu, the NDC business complex has become too small for all the events and business activities that form part of the Okakarara Annual Trade Fair.
“We need two extra big halls, livestock auction pens and a pavilion for the activities to match the needs and expectations of the exhibitors and clients,” he said.
The NDC business centre, also known as the Okakarara Trade Fair Centre, has only two halls - the Dr Kuaima Riruako and Chief Kambazembi halls.
Kandorozu said the two extra halls could cater for presentations and information sharing sessions on different topics such as animal disease control, financing and new farming methods while the actual business activities of the trade fair are ongoing.
He said with the current setup, people can visit all stalls in less than two hours and they are then left with little else to do.
Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Immanuel Ngatjizeko at the official opening on Friday said the ministry has many ongoing construction projects across the country.
“The ministry has ongoing programmes to construct multi-purpose SME modules, industrial parks and special built export processing zones,” he said.
Ngatjizeko said his ministry is mandated with the big and costly task of creating a conducive business environment for national trade and industry to flourish.
He mentioned a list of several completed capital projects funded by Government through the NDC at Okakarara, one of which is a livestock slaughterhouse.
“Accommodation facilities for lease, consulting rooms and amongst others the business complex hosting the Okakarara Trade Fair; these are all Government funded projects,” he said.
Ngatjizeko said Government, through his ministry, will continue to bring industrial and trade services closer to the people.
The town has a population of less than 25 000 people.