… As N$5m is pumped into Convention City venue
By Hilary Mare and Hileni Nembwaya
THE tenth edition of the Eenhana Trade and Business Expo, which takes place from 31 July 31 and 5 August, has doubled its corporate stall capacity, with over 70 new stalls set to be completed in the coming weeks.
Eenhana Town Council Head of Local Economic Development, Ndawedwa Muandingi, told Confidente that up to N$5 million has been pumped into the third phase of the new venue of the expo, the Eenhana Convention City, which has seen the construction of three new exhibition halls, each sized 1 000 square metres.
“We have are fulfilling the desire to add more exhibition halls, and we are adding three, which will be 1 000 square metres each. When these are completed, imminently, the Convention City will be able to take up to 180 corporate exhibitors. We are also building food stalls,” he said.
The town will for the first time hold its expo at its much-anticipated N$70 million Convention City this year.
The finalisation of the construction will see the council relocating the expo from the Ministry Sport, Youth and National Service building to the Convention City, which houses the new exhibition halls.
Commenting on the unfolding success story of this year’s expo, Muandingi highlighted that the current bookings have already exceeded last year’s capacity, although more exhibitors are still needed for the corporate section.
“With the current economic crunch, it is tough to get corporates to come on board, but I am currently trying to negotiate with some that have not yet taken space. We are certain that this year’s expo is going to be bigger and better than ever before,” he said.
The main objective of the expo is to introduce businesses to the unique opportunities that exist in Eenhana and the region, while at the same time acting as a networking opportunity.
Minister for Economic Planning and Director-General of the National Planning Commission, Tom Alweendo, was the keynote speaker at the expo gala dinner on 3 June.
In its quest to develop the town further, the council has allocated plots to the private sector.
“We have allocated plots for the construction of commercial facilities, such as a shopping mall and filling stations, and the town’s first hotel is showing positive signs of progress,” said Mayor Amos Nangolo, during the tabling of the town’s budget recently.
Nangolo said that the council needed to make concerted efforts, in order to engage the private sector to develop the town.
“We therefore need to recognise the need for a stronger private sector, and hence we need to make concerted efforts to engage the private sector, in order for us to move forward, in creating not only a enabling environment, but to seek ways to work together, for the betterment of the lives of our people,” he said.
Nangolo’s call echoed Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa’s advice to local authorities, that they partner with private businesses, in order to develop their towns.
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