07 Sep 2019 13:40pm
OKAKARARA, 07 SEP (NAMPA) The continuous growth of the Okakarara Annual Trade Fair received praises from various speakers at the 13th edition official opening at Okakarara on Friday.
Vice President Nangolo Mbumba who is the patron of the trade fair officially opened this years event.
Mbumba expressed satisfaction with the growth of the Okakarara fair, saying it is the best organised and well attended fair in the whole Otjozondjupa Region.
This trade fair is the third best organised event to those in Windhoek and Ongwediva, said Mbumba.
He said the Okakarara show founded in 2006 continues to grow and develop into a symbol of empowerment to mostly the livestock farmers from the Otjozondjupa and Omaheke regions.
He further said the event makes him happy as its single goal is to create a vibrant platform of networking between the various small and medium entrepreneurs.
It was during the official opening session that farmers also paraded their best small and large livestock for the locals and visitors to see.
The 2019 Okakarara trade fair is taking place under the theme Ocean Conservation, Climate Change and Sustainable Utilisation of Marine Resources, which is linked to the drought situation affecting farmers in the Okakarara area who are the largest family members of the trade fair, said Mbumba.
Otjozondjupa Governor, Otto Ipinge in a speech delivered on his behalf said the trade fair impresses him every year.
Ipinge said the event is standing on good grounds as it aims to stimulate local economic development in the region and eventually contribute to the overall economic success of Namibia as exhibitors from Zambia, Zimbabwe, India, South Africa and Kenya are also present.
Generally speaking, increased trade and industrialisation are our solution to addressing the social inequalities and consequently a creation of local wealth, economic growth and business competitiveness, he said.
Ipinge urged the local farmers and entrepreneurs to maximally utilise the opportunity and interact with the purpose of building a business network with others.
Okakarara Trade Fair Society chief administrator, Golden Katjatako told Nampa a total of 98 exhibitors are participating.
He said there are 38 corporate companies, 35 SMEs and 25 kapana meat sellers.
The event which ends on Sunday is expected to attract over 10 000 visitors, Katjatako said.