TRADE Fairs and Expo’s throughout the country should play a leading role in promoting diverse products and also focus on bringing onboard exhibitions in key and strategic sectors of the Namibian economy.
President Hage Geingob officially opened the 20th Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair in Ongwediva of Oshana Region earlier on Saturday.
Accoding to Geingob, this year is the 20th Edition of this exhibition, whose theme, “Fostering Economic Growth through Innovation”, could not be more apt, given the fact that economic growth and innovation is the focus at continental, regional and local level.
“Government understands that the Private Sector is the primary driver of the creative and innovative capacity needed to support and drive sustainable, inclusive, job-led growth and development,” cited Geingob.
He noted that government’s role, on the other hand, is to create an enabling environment which allows the Private Sector to function as efficiently and effectively as possible.
“One of our desired outcomes under the Harambee Prosperity Plan, a pillar of Economic
Advancement, is to significantly increase the volume of locally produced goods supplied to the public and retail sectors,” he added.
Dr. Geingob stated that he was confident that many of the exhibitors present at this year’s Trade Fair are not only here to market their products, but also keen to build business ties and gain insights into trends, technologies and innovations on the market, that will enable them to develop the requisite capabilities, to drive the economic advancement of our country.
Speaking to Informané, John Nekweya one of the visitors to the fair, said that this year’s fair has diversity of products such as more agricultural implements that has been introduced.
According to Nekweya, the introduction of agricultural implement comes at the right time when the country is hit by drought, as a result it will help people come up with innovate ways to farm.
Currently 451 exhibitors, including 25 international exhibitors are participating and showcasing their products and services.
Vice-president Nangolo Mbuma, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, and ministerial officers accompanied President Geingob on a tour of the trade fair after the official opening.