Opuwo Trade Fair gala dinner a success: Makono

09 Mar 2018 08:10am
WINDHOEK, 08 MAR (NAMPA) – The Opuwo Trade Fair fundraising gala dinner held here on Wednesday collected more than N.dollars 300 000, said Sean Makono, assistant in the Opuwo Town Council’s Local Economic Development Division.
Makono, who is also a member of the Opuwo Trade Fair committee, told Nampa on Thursday that they also received broadcast airtime worth N.dollars 50 000 from the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, two oryx carcasses and a goat.
Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua also attended the event as part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Opuwo Town Council (OTC) and City of Windhoek.
He said holding the fundraiser in Windhoek was part of that MoU, which aims for cooperation in the areas of technical capacity building and economic development.
“Trade fairs and expos are important economic drivers as they attract people who come to showcase their products for economic gain, and are also vital platforms for establishing business connections for future business transactions,” the mayor said.
Kazapua urged all Namibians to join hands in support of the economy by taking advantage of opportunities created by events such as trade fairs.
Speaking at the same event, Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Bernadette Maria Jagger urged the OTC to step up and reform Opuwo to open up doors to the tourists of the world.
Jagger, who also hails from the Kunene Region, described trade fairs as a focus to grow various sectors, promote exchange of know-how, and cooperate in trade services amid strong trends towards economic development.
She explained that such events accelerate reciprocal openness in service among all exhibitors, something she described “as a very positive role in the new engine for economic growth in the context of restructuring the Namibian economy”.
“For tourists and visitors to come back to your town, you must offer good things to see or do that are unique or extraordinary that they will always remember,” Jagger advised.
Responding to Jagger’s suggestions, Makono said that this year’s event will be inclusive of cultural and traditional activities as the intention is to keep the cultural attraction of the region high for tourists and visitors.
The trade fair will take a place under the theme ‘Creating opportunity through business networking’ from 28 May to 02 June at the Norman Katuta Stadium.