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Trade expo boosts SMEs

Councillor Benson Uakumbua, Deputy Mayor of Walvis Bay, officially opened the Expo. He said Walvis Bay is an excellent choice for events such as the trade expo proven by the increase in the number of exhibitors and visitors alike. Teresia Hauses took the bold step to participate in the trade fair. According to Teresia her decision to book a stand at the Erongo Trade Expo was the result of her positive experience at the Okakarara Trade Fair. Teresia, who runs a small business in the Walvis Bay Rural Constituency area, was invited by the Erongo Regional Council to exhibit and sell her merchandise at the ERC stand at the Okakarara Trade Fair. “To me it was an excellent opportunity to market my business and I had a lot of sales. This initiative from the ERC should in future be repeated at the other exhibitions and shows,” she said. The Erongo Trade Expo has become one of the main established supporters of small and medium enterprises in the Erongo region. In the next three years it will continue to support and promote SME’s with a NamPort sponsorship contract until 2013.
“With the majority of exhibitors at the Erongo Trade Expo being SMEs, the critical role which the small and medium business sector can play in the creation of employment and a robust economic growth for the region cannot be over emphasized,” said Lumumba Kathindi, executive: operations at NamPort, in his address on behalf of Bisey Uirab, CEO of NamPort.
His sentiments were underscored by Councillor Benson Uakumbua, Deputy Mayor of Walvis Bay, who called on stakeholders in the region to share business expertise to improve and stimulate the regional economy.
”The display of products and goods in such a professional way will certainly encourage a lot of people, even non-business minded people, to do some rethinking about their commercial skills. The growth in SME’s in the region is reflected in the increase in numbers of SME’s participating in the Expo,” said Uakumbua.
Since the launch of the Trade Fair in 2008 the exhibitors has increased from 50 to more than 170. The expo was held from 26 to 29 October.

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