Driving jobs from the bottom up

25 April 2018 | Local News

The theme for this year's Ondangwa Trade and Industrial Exhibition (OTIE) is 'Embracing economic growth through entrepreneurship', which the council says is befitting, looking at the roles businesses play when it comes to thriving economically.

Ondangwa is one of the towns in the country which accommodates a large number of businesses who in turn, create jobs. Apart from job creation, the existing businesses that are performing well have drawn the attention of other businesses and attracted them to Ondangwa because of its large buying power.

This is why the role that SMEs play in local economies can never be underestimated, says the town's CEO Ismael Namugongo.

Namugongo said that SMEs have powerful potential to create jobs and contribute to the economic growth of the country.

“Council has recognised and acknowledged the importance of the SME sector within our economy as one of the ways towards achieving the ideals of our national vision,” Namugongo said.

“The importance placed of this sector therefore is evidenced by our continued investment that we pour into this event every year,” he added.

The OTIE commences on Friday and concludes on 5 May and Founding President Sam Nujoma is expected to officially open the event on 2 May.

Ewi lyaNooli has been informed that this year's OTIE will comprise of a boxing bonanza as well as information sharing sessions by corporates, both of which are new additions to the annual expo.

Furthermore, several State-owned enterprises will also be exhibiting for the first time such as the Fish Consumption Trust of Namibia, the NamPower Foundation, as well as private entities such as Indongo Toyota and Erongo Commercial Vehicles. Exhibitors come from across the country.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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