ONGWEDIVA, Sept. 6 – “Trade fairs play a very important role in promoting and growing Small and Medium Enterprises and as a Bank we would like encourage you to remain resilient especially during these hard economic times. Look beyond the challenges and invest in meaningful opportunities to grow your business even further.”
This is the sentiment with which Standard Bank’s Northern Regional Manager Ismael Hakaaje addressed local, regional and international exhibitors at the recently held Ongwediva Trade Fair (OATF) Exhibition Awards Ceremony held at the town on the 31st of August 2017.
The trophy awards sponsored by Standard Bank covered an array of best exhibits in various key sectors. The award categories ranged from Small Scale Enterprise, Textile and Clothing, Arts and Crafts, Beauty products, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, International, Government Ministries, Regional and Local Authority, Educational Institution, Energy Sector, Agriculture, Manufacturing Automotive, Industrial, Banking Institution, Non-Banking Financial Institution, Best Corporate, Best Overall SME Winner and Best Overall Winner of the OATF.
At the same occasion, Chairperson of the OATF Preparatory Committee Damian Egumbo commended the exhibitors for participating in the trade fair by continuously striving for business excellence: “We are here tonight to celebrate your excellence and would like to honour you for a job well done.”
The awards ceremony ended off with entertaining performances by local artist Blossom. Standard Bank sponsored a total of N$150 000 towards this year’s Ongwediva Trade Fair which was held under the theme: Towards transformation of Namibia’s Exhibition Landscape. – NDN Staffer