Ondangwa exhibition facilitates business growth: Negonga

ONDANGWA: Ondangwa Mayor, Leonard Negonga, says his town has much to offer in terms of investment opportunities to facilitate business growth.

He said this on Friday during the 2015 Ondangwa Trade and Industrial Exhibition (OTIE), which was attended by King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas of the Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA) among others.

“The OTIE is very important to Ondagwa as it provides the platform for our business fraternity to communicate with the outside world,” Negonga told those present.

According to the mayor, when businesspeople invest in towns, it leads to the creation of job opportunities, which is a step towards poverty eradication.

Negonga noted that exhibition and trade fairs afford companies an occasion to showcase their products and provides an opportunity for enterprises to benchmark with one another in order to improve their product quality and range.

“Thus, these opportunities lead to diversification of businesses,” he stated.

Negonga, at the same time, thanked the sponsors, exhibitors and development partners for supporting the OTIE.

The fourth edition of the nine-day event commenced last Friday.

He advised participating exhibitors to book their stands for next year before the 2015 OTIE ends on Saturday.

“Next year, the OTIE would be undoubtedly hosted in our soon-to-be-completed building,” Negonga explained adding, “unfailing business community support to the OTIE resulted in the construction of the exhibition hall”.

King Elifas, in a speech read on his behalf by OTA chairperson Peter Kauluma, said that business and trade facilitate the economic growth of any country.

Two hundred exhibitors, including one from Zimbabwe and South Africa each, participated in the OTIE this year.

Last year saw 218 exhibitors.