Industrialisation and Trade Deputy Minister Verna Sinimbo today officially opened the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair at Ongwediva.

In her keynote address Sinimbo underlined the important role the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair has continued to play over the years.

“This is one of the key events on the Namibian national calendar, useful for attracting local, national and international exhibitors, and creating smart partnerships with corporate entities,” the deputy minister said.

Sinimbo also highlighted the fact that the private sector continues to play a critical role in economic growth despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

With 418 exhibitors, and a theme that says ‘Embracing sustainable economy, linking smart markets’, this year’s Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair “is a true testament to our commitment in building a bright future for our communities, country and beyond.

“The Government supports trade exhibitions as a way to find market access for goods and services. Trade exhibitions also provide opportunities for employment creation and create equal access for everyone to have a chance and move to prosperity.”

Sinimbo also said that the Government has negotiated favourable market conditions for Namibian products in international markets.

“Let’s seize this opportunity to also forge collaborations, networks and business deals with others at this exhibition. May this year’s trade fair be a resounding success.”

The gates of the trade fair opened last Friday, and will close on 2 September 2023.

In the photo: Deputy Minister of Industrialisation and Trade Ms Verna Sinimbo delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair.