Ongwediva Trade fair promotes cultural diversity
A traditional group performs a cultural dance
The northern town of Ongwediva is abuzz with business activity and diverse cultural sights as Ongwediva Town Council reaffirmed its readiness to host approximately 440 local and international exhibitors during trade fair, which will commence on Friday
The Town Council on their web page said the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF) has over the years developed into a leading national and international trade and exhibition event on the Namibian Business Calendar and continues to draw interest from all sectors of our economy.
“The fundamental element of hosting the OATF is for the Town Council to create opportunities that shall facilitate trade and business linkages between our indigenous market entrepreneurs (not only for Ongwediva but for the entire Northern Region) with foreign business personalities.” the town council said.
The trade fair also serves as an opportunity to expose the products and services of small and medium enterprises (SME) in addition to creating a forum for smart partnerships with established corporate entities. The Ongwediva Trade Centre which was developed through a Public Private Partnership initiative in Ongwediva has hosted the event since the year 2000 under the management of the town council.
Corporate Communications Officer of the Ongwediva Town Council, Jackson Muma said that the council is also ready to receive as many visitors as possible during the show time. The OATF 2016 will hold its activities from 26 August to 03 September 2016. The launch gala dinner for the event was held here on Saturday the council informed.
Close to N$1.3 million was pledged and contributed during the gala dinner with the Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC), as the OATF main sponsor for the next three years pledging a N$412,000 sponsorship.
“The nation should be rest assured that the year 2016 spells a much spectacular OATF under the theme ‘The Proud Face of Namibia at Glance: The Best of All Times,” Muma said.
Complimenting the activities of the OATF, the Ongwediva Trade Centre is strategically located; with excellent infrastructure, services and facilities. The total coverage area of the centre is 20,000m² consisting of offices (some for rental), a Conference Hall, three Exhibition Halls, Restaurant, Entertainment Kiosks, Kids Entertainment Area, Ablution Blocks and a vast open space (for parking and future expansion of the centre).