Mutjavikua wants collective expo for Erongo

03 Dec 2013 14:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 03 DEC (NAMPA) – Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua wants business expos in the Erongo Region to be held collectively at Swakopmund, instead of as separate events as currently happens.
Mutjavikua said during the opening of the first business expo of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI)'s Swakopmund branch here on Friday the holding of various expos at the tourist town is a bad approach to attracting investors.
“Platforms such as this one should become a regular event and will put us in line with events such as the Ongwediva Trade Fair and the Windhoek Show. We must think and act big to survive the current cruel business environment and the many challenges accompanying it,” he said.
The NCCI Business Expo, which took place on 29 and 30 November, attracted 24 exhibitors representing various industries.
Mutjavikua told the exhibitors present that starting a business should be seen as a long-term endeavour and as a result, its strategic approach should also be long-term.
“I would like the business people to set up a company that will stand the test of time and not die tomorrow. Business is a long-term strategy, and an art which should be nurtured,” the Governor stated.
He also noted that it must be important for business people to be serious when they start a business which will generate employment for Namibians, as it is not Government's job alone to provide employment.
Mutjavikua added that Government’s role is to create conducive environments where businesses will flourish.
He further said it was encouraging to see exhibitors from micro to corporate industries participating in the development of Namibia’s economy.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, the vice-chairman of the NCCI's Swakopmund branch, Heinrich Hafeni said this first expo was a 'great beginning'.
He said although it was a small start, the NCCI in Swakopmund has learned from the event and will be gearing up for next year's event by encouraging more local businesses to start promoting their establishments.
“We wanted to create a platform for our members so they can showcase their products to the public. After gaining the experience at this year’s expo, we will be following Mutjavikua’s call to form a big Swakopmund business expo next year,” Hafeni said.