Okakarara trade fair cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreak

The Okakarara Trade Fair Society on Wednesday officially cancelled all business activities of the 2020 Okakarara Annual Trade Fair due to fears related to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chairperson of the Okakarara Trade Fair Society, Ernst Katjiku made the announcement at a media briefing on Wednesday morning at Okakarara.

Katjiku said the 14th edition of the trade fair was scheduled take place at the Okakarara Trade Fair Centre from 31 August to 06 September 2020.

“Therefore we would like to inform our sponsors, stakeholders and the general public that the fair is cancelled. As the Board of the fair we are also heartbroken to have taken such a decision due to the health factors and safety of our valued customers,” he said.

Katjiku said the Board of the fair comprising nine members, decided during last week to reschedule the next fair from 30 August 2021 to 05 September the same year.

The Okakarara Annual Trade Fair was founded in 2006, and has become a key economical business platform at the town and the region at large.

Vice President, Nangolo Mbumba is the patron of the fair.

Mbumba at the 13th edition of the fair in 2019 expressed satisfaction with the growth of the Okakarara trade fair, saying it is the best organised and well attended trade fair in the whole Otjozondjupa Region.

He also said that the Okakarara trade fair is the third best organised event in the country to those of Windhoek and Ongwediva.

Chief Administrator of the fair, Golden Katjatako on Wednesday told Nampa shortly after the media briefing that a total of 98 exhibitors who were divided into 38 corporate companies, 35 small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and 25 kapana meat sellers had participated to the event in 2019.

Katjatako added the fair had also attracted many livestock farmers who paraded their best fattened small and large livestock, as well as the local residents of the town who turned up in large numbers to a horse racing competition and a music bash.

“Our show also attracted foreign exhibitors from Zambia, Zimbabwe, India, South Africa and Kenya,” he said.

More than 10 000 visitors entered gates of the trade fair in its seven days of operations, Katjatako said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency