Regional and local authorities must spearhead socio-economic development: Andjaba

30 Jul 2019 16:00pm
OSHIKUKU, 30 JUL (NAMPA) - Regional and local authorities are extensions of central government and are at their levels expected to spearhead the creation of a conducive environment for socio-economic development, Minister of Presidential Affairs Martin Andjaba said Tuesday.
Andjaba made the remarks whilst officially opening the second edition of the Oshipe Annual Trade Fair at Oshikuku in the Omusati Region.
He explained that regional and local governments should spearhead socio-economic development in collaboration with various stakeholders, including the business community.
Events such as Oshipe, he pointed out, are critical as they provide an opportunity for towns to market and showcase their developmental and investment opportunities.
“These platforms also provide small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and investors at different levels the necessary exposure that would allow them to identify the economic potential of the towns and prospective areas of investment,” stated Andjaba.
According to the minister, it is at platforms such as Oshipe where new business ventures are created and business operations are diversified thereby creating more employment opportunities, especially for the youth.
“The more job opportunities are created at regional and local level, the less migration of our youth to urban centres where they in some cases end up braving hostile conditions in search of a better life,” Andjaba said.
Oshipe at the same time provides people with the opportunity to showcase their culture, tradition and values as part of their identity.
The Oshikuku Town Council’s Public Relations Officer, John Siloiso told the media on the side-lines of the event that 73 exhibitors, including companies, SMEs, kapana, government institutions and farmers, are participating in the fair.
The 2019 Oshipe Annual Trade Fair started on Monday and ends Saturday.