SWAKOPMUND: The President of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) branch at Walvis Bay has indicated that the NCCI will fully support the upcoming Namport Erongo Business and Tourism Expo.
Speaking during the launch of the expo on Wednesday, Tony Raw stated that the NCCI will support the annual event, which takes place at the end of October, as it is an important showcase for businesses to market their products and services.
He further said it is the duty of the chamber to promote the importance of the various business sectors, especially the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector.
“Within the business community in Walvis Bay, we enjoy strong cultural and political linkages and our economic relationship is expanding, particularly in the marine sector, mining, tourism, transport and logistics, industrial growth and developments, manufacturers and even the film industry,” Raw stated.
He is also convinced that through the expo, the economic prosperity of the Erongo Region will be closely linked to that of the rest of the country in the years ahead.
Also speaking at the launch, Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua said the expo will not only cater to the business and tourism sectors, but would also serve as an ideal platform for other local authorities within the region.
He added that the expo would be ideal for the sharing of ideas with the private sector and to showcase what individual towns have to offer to potential local and international investors.
The expo, formerly known as the Erongo Expo, will take place at Walvis Bay from 30 October until 03 November.
The event, which will include the Standard Bank Motor Show and, for the first time, exhibitors from the tourism sector, is expected to draw at least 15 000 visitors.
The Namibian Port Authority (Namport) and Standard Bank Namibia are the main sponsors of the expo.
The expo has shown tremendous growth since its inception in 2004, with the number of exhibitors increasing from 15 in that year to more than 200 exhibitors last year.