By Business Reporter
THE inaugural Swakopmund SME mini expo 2018 which to bring together and empower Small and Medium Enterprises in two day exhibition was officially launched Infinity Lounge in Swakopmund last week.
The expo that has been slotted for the 27th to the 29th of September at the Multipurpose centre in Swakopmund, will cater specifically for small and medium enterprises who manufacture, design or have created a Namibian Product or have invested their talents in their own diverse service industry.
Addressing guests at the launch, Nangula Nashandi, the founder of the expo highlighted that there would be many expos taking place in Namibia during the year, but would not offer the same value proposition as they mostly cater for the big corporates and private companies/organisations that have massive budgets.
“Our expo is crucial and only focuses on the SME’s that are continuously contributing to the economy and aren’t seen in the limelight”, Nashandi further said.
In a speech read on his behalf by his Special Advisor, Adel-heid Kandjala, the Governor of Erongo region, Cleophas Mutjavikua said: “Erongo region is a region with so many resources and opportunities, a region of growth and development and this mini expo is evident that our SME is also a driving force and vehicle towards the growth of the economy.”
According to Mutjavikua, the SME mini expo will be a platform for many business owners to view the potential Namibians have, and create possible business relationships or even a great product/ service for Namibia.
The governor called upon SME’s in Swakopmund to make use of this opportunity, an opportunity towards possible future partnerships and for SME’s to collectively upgrade their businesses.
An estimate of 150 stalls is expected to register at a minimum charge of N$500 only. The expo will be open to the public at no charge. All proceeds from the expo will be used to organise an annual expo as a token of giving back to the community.
“There will also be a fundraising gala dinner on 21 August this year. Registration for stalls have already started and will also be closed on 21 August.
“All SME’s registered with the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development are advised to register for the expo in order to show their products to the rest of the world,” extended Nashandi.
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