30 Sep 2017 18:10pm
OKONDJATU, 30 SEP (NAMPA) - The first-ever Okondjatu Community Expo was officially opened by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi at the Okondjatu Auction Pens here on Friday.
In his official opening statement, Katjavivi said the first-ever community organised expo attracted 250 exhibitors and some from Tanzania.
For the fact that the community of Okondjatu decided to embark on this business initiative, they need to be applauded, he said, adding that as a commercial farmer in the area himself, he was highly impressed with the preparations and number of visitors at the expo.
He outlined the importance of the expo to the Okandjatu community based on the magnitude of visitors it drew from Windhoek, Otjiwarongo, Otjinene and Gobabis.
Katjavivi said the expo is an important tool aimed at bringing people, businesses, youth, women, organisations and the community at large, together.
The speaker urged the organising committee to ensure that the core business of the expo continues to promote the local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for them to share and exchange business ideas with others on how best to boost the trade of their goods and services.
Therefore, at the same time this platform must be used as a vehicle to promote and develop the local economy of Okondjatu, he said.
Local farmers at the event also had the opportunity to parade their best large and small livestock.
Several SMEs, Government ministries and corporate companies were seen attending to customers at their stalls.
Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge, who is the Patron of the 2017 Okondjatu Community Expo thanked the organisers.
Okondjatu is situated about 200 kilometres east of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The expo kicked off on Wednesday and ends on Saturday.