By Donna Collins
BOASTING a re-designed SWAITEX (Swakopmund International Trade Expo) logo, to elevate its international status as it heralds its upcoming event, Paul Ndjambula, executive chairman NCCI Swakopmund said at the launch on Friday that they are fired up for “big things to come”.
“As we approach SWAITEX 2016, bigger and better is our motto. More stakeholders will be brought on board from multiple industries who haven’t participated before, and we are expecting exhibitors from South Africa, Zambia, Brazil and India, which gives us a truly international flavour.”
The five-day expo which will cost in the region of N$2,4 million, is being held for the fourth consecutive year, and will be staged at the Swakopmund Dome, from October 11 – 15.
SWAITEX which is being held for the third year at the Dome, prides itself on reaching international recognition, comprises sectors related to mining, tourism, transport, medical commercial and retail industries. In addition there will be sports, wine, décor, catering, construction and entertainment sectors.
A big push is being made again towards having a strong representation from SMEs, and according to Ndjambula they are looking forward to boosting their stalls from 248 of last year, to around 330 stalls in October. Already 60 stalls have been booked and confirmed.
“This year we are excited to be introducing a Motor Show for the first time, which will be represented by all the major dealerships, which we anticipate to be a great crowd puller,” said Ndjambula.
He said it is a fact that SMEs play a crucial role in the economy of every country, with Namibia being no exception. SWAITEX was created to give Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to showcase their products while networking on both local and international levels.
The youth said Ndjambula, needs to play an active role in the local economy, by starting up businesses to be self-employed and create more jobs, and it is encouraging that more young entrepreneurs are coming to the surface, with the Ministry of Trade and Industry supporting SME endeavours.
SWAITEX is looking to expand its scope and improve upon the massive success of the previous event, which was officially opened by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa- Amadhila.
Commenting on the growth rate of SWAITEX, it was mentioned that the past year’s edition with its double participation, clearly signified a demonstration of an increasing interest and a clear sign of confidence in SWAITEX by the business community, sponsors and exhibitors.
The corporate support this year is further adding to the great pillar for the growth and future success of this event, as sponsors this year include: Erongo Red, FNB Namibia, Namport, NMH, Namsov, Standard Bank, Minister Trade and Industry, Swakopmund Municipality, West coast FM, COSDEF, AEWVA, MTC, Huawei Namivia, Savva family, O&L Group, Omega Security Services and Wesbank Namibia.
“Furthermore we are also very excited to have NBC Namibia and CNBC Africa to cover the broadcasting live, and promote SWAITEX into the large African market during the event,” added Ndjambula.
He also said that the NCCI wishes to grow its members and partners, which is the reason why it has created partnership packages for 12 months. These range from a silver NCCI membership package of N$100 000, a gold package costing N$150 000 to the N$250 000 platinum package.
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