Less Chinese, More SMEs At Expo – Mutjavikua

ERONGO governor Cleophas Mutjavikua says the annual Namport Erongo Trade Expo scheduled for 29 October to 1 November must be different to other expos in the country in that it should have less Chinese products and more SME exhibitors.

“SMEs need to be nurtured at these expos so that they can develop into big businesses that will contribute to the growth of the economy,” he said.

Mutjavikua is also the patron of the expo, while Namport is the main sponsor of the show for the fourth consecutive year. This year Namport sponsored N$350 000 towards the expo.

According to show organiser Eddy Stevens of Expo Studios, more than 250 exhibitors are expected at the fair, whose theme for this year is “Cultivating business for the future”.

Mutjavikua said he wanted at least 25% of the exhibitors to be local businesses, and that every year this percentage of local exhibitors should grow.

“We should have a target approach to this expo because then we will grow and be different from all the other shows and expos,” he said.

Stevens said that this year’s event will set aside two days specifically for SMEs to have consultations and briefings on how to develop their business.

Namport’s CEO Bisey Uirab said Erongo was the “bread basket” of Namibia with its major industries such as mining, fishing, tourism and also the port services. He said many Namibians, and SADC businesspeople flock to the region for job and business opportunities.

He said the expo was an important opportunity, especially for local businesses to showcase their products and services.

There will also be entertainment, food and drink for the public.

Source : The Namibian