16th edition of OATF opened by Minister

ONGWEDIVA: The 16th edition of the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF) was officially opened by Minister of Industrialization, Trade and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Development, Immanuel Ngatjizeko on Saturday.

Some 440 local and international exhibitors are showcasing their products and services at the OATF this year. These include exhibitors from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Japan, Kenya and China.

The nine-day fair started at the Ongwediva Trade Fair Centre last Friday and will conclude on Saturday.

Ngatjizeko told those who attended the opening ceremony it is hoped that the trade fair will boost the stimulation of local economic development of the town and the surrounding areas, and eventually contribute to the overall economic success of Namibia as a country.

The culture of hosting trade fairs in northern Namibia can be traced back to the era of the Northern Namibia Trade Fair Association that hosted similar events at the Ongwediva College of Education, now the Hifkepunye Pohamba Campus (HPC) of the University of Namibia (UNAM).

Following the dissolution of the Northern Namibia Trade Fair Association, Ngatjizeko said, the OATF has grown into one of Namibia’s landmark business events and best practices that have induced the establishment of new trade fairs/shows and expos across the country.

‘Imparting Knowledge, Enhance Capacity’ is the theme of this year’s OATF.