OTIE exhibition days cut

28 November 2018 | Events

The Ondangwa town council has reduced the numbers of days for the annual Ondangwa Trade and Industrial Exhibition (OTIE) from nine to seven.

According to the town council's spokesperson Petrina Shitalangaho, this was necessitated by complaints from exhibitors and in consultation with stakeholders.

“We have received numerous complaints from various exhibitors that the number of exhibition days were too many. After various consultations with our stakeholders, we decided to reduce the number of days from nine to seven,” said Shitalangaho.

“This will also ease the burden of paying high overtime and S&T to participating companies or government agencies, especially given the current country economic climate.”

For next year, the trade and industrial exhibition is expected to take place from 29 April to 4 May.

Shitalangaho said that the OTIE has grown and evolved over the past eight years. She said that over the years, organisers as well as exhibitors, have hailed the trade exhibition show a success.

“We decided to listen to the complaints because of the number of people who showed support towards the OTIE. We needed that response on time,” she said.

There are various manufacturing, industry and value activities happening at Ondangwa and most of these businesses are owned by Namibians.

Shitalangaho said that the rate at which the town is developing into an economically vibrant urban area, offers diverse opportunities to its inhabitants, visitors and prospective investors alike.

She therefore urged business people to see the Ondangwa Trade and Industrial Exhibition as a platform to showcase their products and services to the potential customers.

“This is evidence that the town is suitable and has positioned itself to attract more investors. I urge our local business community, especially those venturing into manufacturing and value addition, to exhibit their products and services during our trade show.

“This is the only way we can grow our business and economy from the primary sector of extracting raw resources and start processing our resources into finished goods for our own consumption and export too,” she said.

ILENI NANDJATO

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