Ongwediva Trade Fair Opens

THE 15th edition of the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair opens to the public today under the theme “Imparting knowledge, enhancing capacity”.

The organisers expect more than 125 000 visitors to attend, compared to 111 373 people who visited the trade fair last year and 92 712 who came in 2012.

About 530 exhibitors, among them 39 foreigners, have confirmed their participation. Their exhibits will be in the education, textiles, clothing, farming, electronics, cosmetic sectors as well as household appliances.

The foreign exhibitors are from Botswana, South Africa, India, Angola, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, China and Japan.

Ongwediva town council public relations officer Andreas Utoni said the trade fair will run until 30 August.

“Everyone should attend the OATF because it is for the community. The youth should come in higher numbers because there will be a lot of fruitful presentations that will be held during that time. It is not be missed at all,” said Utoni.

Utoni said that security is assured during the time, with about 98 uniformed security details from five security companies. There is also a 24-hour police substation.

Pedestrians are encouraged to use the new entrance gate as it is safer, while motorists are urged to drive cautiously in view of the large influx of people during the show.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba is expected to officially open the show tomorrow.

Source : The Namibian