The Ondangwa Annual Trade Fair is set to resume this year, two years after it was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This confirmation was made by Ondangwa Mayor Paavo Amwele, who added that the fair is slated for May, marking its 10th year anniversary.
Amwele said that the Trade Fair’s main objective is to raise funds in order to boost enterprises, empower business people and communities to network, market and promote their products and services and to ensure that they target business sustainability.
He has since expressed disappointment and empathy towards SMEs for the financial losses they made as a result of the pandemic.
“It is a real pain that business people could not have a chance to market, promote and sell their products and services for two years. I would like to encouraged business people especially young ones, to concentrate and participate in business activities in order to create job opportunities. Young people should attend business meetings when called on by the town. They should attend, ask questions, and learn new business ideas,” Paavo stressed.
He also explained that it was a challenge for the town to put the trade fair on hold, because business operations were affected since they could not make much to expand the businesses and employ more people.
Amwele has since appealed to members of the public to understand that the pandemic was a national
issue and that in business there is always a loss, not only profits. He further urged the town’s residents and the public to come out in numbers and join this year’s exhibition as it is a good platform for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Ondangwa Town Council Public Relations Office Petrina Shitalangaho said this year’s exhibition will be unique as corporate companies and government entities are expected host information sessions.
Shitalangaho said this year’s exhibition will be unique as corporate companies and government entities are expected host information sessions.