Nandi-Ndaitwah launches 2019 Helao Nafidi Expo

A fundraising gala dinner and launch of the 2019 Helao Nafidi Business Exposition (Expo) held here Saturday night has raised over N.dollars 205 000 in cash and pledges.

Oshikango Branch of the First National Bank (FNB) Namibia pledged the highest amount of N.dollars 30 000, followed by Standard Bank and International Commercial with N.dollars 25 000 and N.dollars 20 000, respectively.

Addressing the event as the main speaker, Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the government welcomes the initiatives of Helao Nafidi Town Council, which seek to facilitate and coordinate developmental programmes to promote entrepreneurship, income generation and small and medium enterprises (SME).

These, Nandi-Ndaitwah said, will eventually contribute to achieving national development plans. She went on to say event which has the power to bring together people from all walks of life under one roof is an event worth applauding.

The deputy premier called on all the businesses to make use of the conducive environment the expo presents to improve their business by thinking about diversification of their operations to produce the products and provide the services needed in the local, regional and international markets.

Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is also the country's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation has at the same time encouraged the business community, especially the SMEs, to make use of the opportunity presented by Helao Nafidi Expo to network with one another and grow their business.

According to her, business expos and trade fairs are critically important because the serious challenges of unemployment, poverty and hunger the country is faced with, and hold the key to both wealth creation and progress for Namibia to contribute fair share to the global economy.

Expos and Trade Fairs will contribute to fight those challenges, Nandi-Ndaitwah narrated. The money raised is earmarked for the hosting of a successful expo, which is scheduled to take place from 25 October to 02 November.