02 Aug 2018 09:10am
WINDHOEK, 02 AUG (NAMPA) Exhibitors have applauded Namibia for a well-organised Southern African Development Community (SADC) Industrialisation Week which ended in the capital on Wednesday.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, SADC's Director for Industrial Development and Trade, Tapiwa Samanga said the response towards the three-day event was overwhelming, with more than 500 participants having registered online.
He commended the Namibian government for bringing together over 150 exhibitions of local and regional traders, which he said was a big improvement from last year.
Exhibitors also had an opportunity to share their challenges and experiences, something that was not done last year, he said.
Overall success (of the event) is about what we do from here, and how we take up the issues that come from here and go into the SADC systems for considerations and possible implementation, he said.
The private sector which would be returning to their member states and talking to their own governments about what they learned from the industrialisation week would add to the overall success of the week, Samanga said.
Celeste Brandt, who works for Commodity Exchange in Windhoek, a company that produces and sells Namibian condoms, said the industrial forum created a platform for companies to have their brands known.
She said the company also had an opportunity to get feedback on their products from consumers at the forum.
Another salesperson, Paulina Nghiyalawala said the Industrialisation Week was a good opportunity as it gave entrepreneurs a chance to exchange ideas, products and services.
It shows that the government is helping since they organised this just to upgrade businesses and educate people on business which is really great, she said.
The SADC member state to host the next Industrialisation Week will be announced at the SADC Summit slated for Windhoek later this month.