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Oshikuku Town Council kicks off fundraising for Oshipe Trade Fair with backing by major sponsor

Oshikuku Town Council kicks off fundraising for Oshipe Trade Fair with backing by major sponsor

With two large towns on either side, Oshikuku battles to carve its own niche in Omusati’s regional economy. Not sitting back idly, the town council decided last year to host its own trade fair. This proved to be such a success that the council had no problem raising more funds for this year’s trade fair.

Situated only about 20 kilometres from the rapidly-growing Oshakati and some 50 km from the regional capital, Outapi, Oshikuku does not enjoy the benefits from either regional growth, or local trading. For most business people it is only a small town to cross on their way from Oshakati to Outapi or Ruacana.

In 2018, the town council decided to host the town’s own trade fair branded as the Oshipe Annual Trade Fair. This was a major hit with the local population and showcased for the first time, the potential of this small northern town.

This year, the council took their marketing activities a step further by hosting a dedicated fund raising dinner. At this event, FNB Namibia, sharing the council’s view on the town’s potential, came forward as the main sponsor, donating N$40,000 for its hosting.

“FNB has been a part of the Fair in Oshikuku since its inception in 2018. As part of our ongoing commitment to create a better world and give back to the communities in which we operate, we have upped our support to become the Fair’s main sponsor, by sponsoring N$40,000 for the successful hosting of the event”, said Abongile Mpikwa, FNB Far North Sales and Services Manager.

The Oshipe Trade Fair is scheduled from 27 July to 03 August 2019. FNB said it will be present as an exhibitor with a stand where applications for new accounts can be processed. The bank will also ensure enough cash is available for the fair with a mobile ATM to facilitate cash transactions.

Caption: Deputy Minister of Trade, Industrialisation and SME Development, Hon Lucia Iipumbu (centre) with FNB Oshakati and Oshikuku Branch Manager, Kito Namoya; acting Chief Executive of the Oshikuku Town Council, George Hipondoka; His Worship Mungandjera, the Mayor Of Oshikuku; Anna Nghipondoka, the Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture; and Councillor Modestus Amutse.


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