Pledges to Provide More Space for SMEs

Okahandja mayor Valerie Aron has said the N$64 000 given in pledges at a tourism expo fundraising gala dinner held on Friday, will be used to avail more space for the participation of more Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) at the tourism expo this year.

Speaking to The Namibian yesterday, Aron, who expressed gratitude at the amount of money pledged, said the influx of people from neighbouring towns and villages has made it a necessity for the town to prepare enough space for SMEs at the tourism expo.

“We did not have a figure of the amount of money we wanted to raise in mind. However, what we got is appreciated and will be very useful to achieve our goals. Our primary goal is to make this year’s expo much bigger by accommodating more small businesses,” she said.

Last year, the expo themed ‘Fostering Friendship and Business Relations’ had 96 exhibitors and over 9 000 visitors, who included small medium enterprises (SME) from the agricultural sector, cultural sector, manufacturing, and the arts and crafts industry.

The fundraising event was also attended by the founding President Sam Nujoma who pledged N$5 000 and N$200 on behalf of his family, saying trade shows have continued to be important marketing tools for larger industries that need to exhibit their products to a larger audience.

Nujoma further added that trade shows can be seen as vital tourism and economic development generators, since they bring thousands of dollars into the coffers of hotels, restaurants and other attractions.

“I am informed that the expo attracted more than 9 000 visitors, delegates and exhibitors from different towns last year. Therefore, I believe the expo will be a resounding success and will meet the expectations of various SMEs and other stakeholders,” said Nujoma.

Source : The Namibian