WINDHOEK, 29 MAY – Vice President Nangolo Mbumba will officially open the seventh annual Opuwo Trade Fair on Wednesday.
This was confirmed to Nampa by the assistant in the Opuwo Town Council’s local economic development division, Sean Makono, who is a member of the trade fair organising committee.
The patron of the trade fair, Minister of Economic Planning, Obeth Kandjoze is also expected to deliver a speech at the official opening.
Opuwo Mayor, Albert Tjiuma told Nampa their intention is to make the event bigger every year.
“Last year it was the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, this year it is the vice president and it is our wish that the president will open our next event,” Tjiuma said.
Over 140 exhibitors are expected to showcase their products and services at this year’s trade fair, including institutions of higher learning such as the University of Namibia and the Namibia University of Science and Technology.
International exhibitors from countries such as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Egypt are part of the exhibitors who opened the doors of the trade fair on Monday, Makono said.
Another member of the organising committee, Masatu Thom said they have arranged a beauty contest where contestants will wear Himba traditional attire for it to feature the traditional aspect for which the region is known and which attracts tourists.
They will also have experts speak to visitors about snakes that are common in the Kunene Region.
“They will be able to tell people what can be used if one has been bitten by a certain snake,” he said.
The trade fair is being held at the Norman Katuta Stadium and will end on Saturday.
The theme is ‘Creating opportunity through business networking’.