New Era (Windhoek)

26 February 2013

Namibia: Ondangwa to Host Trade Fair

Oshakati — The Ondangwa Town Council will soon host its annual Ondangwa Trade and Industrial Exhibition (OTIE) slated for April 26 to May 04, 2013.

According to the Ondangwa Town Council's public relations officer Luke Salomo, OTIE is a calendar event that is being organised by the council primarily to unite residents of the town and also to create an opportunity for small and medium size enterprises (SME's) and larger business enterprises to market and showcase their products and services.

"For the next five years the OTIE will put special emphasis on the promotion of agriculture and food products, which Ondangwa and the surroundings have to offer, while striving to introduce new innovative ideas to increase agricultural and business developments and to promote an agro-processing industry," explained Salomo.

Other business sectors to be promoted during the trade fair include tourism and manufacturing. Salomo encouraged all businesses and traders at the town to make use of the OTIE opportunity to market their products, to share business information and new innovations, as well as to network.

"The town of Ondangwa during the past years has witnessed visible and tangible development, which is all due to business leaders responding favourably to the town council's pro-active policy of encouraging investment."

Salomo said there are many other positive developments that have been emerging in Ondangwa over the past few years.

"The town has witnessed the development of many centres and shopping malls such as the renovation of Punyu headquarters, the Yetu complex, the two Time Square complexes, the Huhu City complex, Epale, the 6000 complex, the Three Sisters Mall, Ekamuti, Ondangwa Town & Airport Lodges, the O'Save complex, as well as the Olunkono Centre, which is being extended, among others."

He also assured the public that the much-anticipated Gwashamba Shopping Mall is expected to open its doors to the public in April. Furthermore, the Ondangwa Town Council in a smart public private partnership is targeting to develop close to 1 000 houses opposite the Olunkono shopping complex.

The Ondangwa Namibian Police Training Centre, which was recently rechristened the Ruben Michael Ashipala Police Training Centre, will soon be extended, while construction work on the Namibian Defence Force base and the Ondangwa airport terminal are already in progress.

"Plans are also afoot to upgrade the runway to accommodate bigger airplanes. All these businesses are rendering products and services to the town's residents and visitors, while creating jobs for unemployed people in their hundreds," said Salomo.

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