FOR Namibia to be self-sustainable it needs to empower its youth and expose them to potential investors.
Founder of Small and Medium Enterprises Nangula Nashandi said their aim is to build an economically viable business that can sustain itself in the long run.
According to Nashandi, there is a great need to uplift local SME’s in order to ensure that Namibia can make its product without having to depend on imports.
“It should not be a necessity for us to depend on god imported from other countries, but it should become an option for us to export to international markets,” she said.
Nashandi, who is the events coordinator for the Northern SME expo, stated that they planned to make the expo an annual event.
The expo which started on 2 December attracted a total of 250 exhibitors including one international exhibitor from South Africa.
“We have so far received over 10 000 visitors since the event started,” she said.
Chicco Group of companies, which is the main sponsor, sponsored 150 stalls for food processing, alcoholic stalls, manufacturing, agriculture, and recycling while Indongo Toyota sponsored a vehicle to be used during the expo.
Nashandi stated that companies like Chicco and Indongo Toyota have an understanding of what the expo intends to achieve at the same time sure that activities are carried out smoothly.
She urged the youth to never fear what they don’t see, saying once they have something and they can imagine it, that it is enough motivation for one to achieve or realize their dreams.