Local economic development must be cornerstone of national agenda: Mbumba

31 Jul 2019 17:40pm
EENHANA, 31 JUL (NAMPA) – Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba said local economic development and transformation must be the cornerstone of the national development agenda as the nation strives to overcome the triple challenge posed by unemployment, income inequality and poverty.
Mbumba said this in a speech delivered on his behalf on the occasion of the official opening of the 12th edition of the Eenhana Expo in the Ohangwena Region on Wednesday.
He pointed out that Eenhana Expo has become one of the premier and popular growing trade exhibitions in the country.
According to Mbumba, the Eenhana Town Council has initiated its expo as a platform for attracting and promoting the town as an ideal investment destination, while also providing a platform for the private and public sectors to engage, exchange and explore viable alternatives to enhance the profile of the town.
Speaking at the same event, Eenhana Mayor, Amos Nangolo told those present that the expo is his council’s strategic exhibition platform aimed to bring Namibia’s private and public sectors; international business community and individuals together.
“I would like to inform you that given the economic hardship, Eenhana Expo (2019) managed to host about 200 exhibitors in which some are international exhibitors, who have come to showcase their products and services,” Nangolo cited, adding that last year’s exhibition attracted 204 exhibitors.
The 2019 Eenhana Expo started on Monday and will run until Saturday.