Expanding Karibib

Organising another successful travel and tourism fair in Karibib received a much welcomed cash injection.

06 May 2019 | Local News

Melanie Ndjago; Karibib Constituency Councillor; “We need to ensure that cooperation agreements remain a working partnership and not just a symbolic or mere protocol arrangement.”

Karibib - Otis Finck

Businesses pledged over N$200 000 towards hosting the sixth Karibib Travel & Tourism Fair (KTTF).

According to Yvonne Mupetami an accountant at the municipality the aim is to raise N$300 000 for this year’s event.

“We raised N$210 000 in 2018 and are anticipating other pledges and donations to follow as time goes by.”

Various councils, businesses and individuals attended the glitzy gala dinner event at the Usab Hall in the town last week Friday.

Navachab Gold Mine with N$30 000 and Erongo RED with a donation of N$10 000 and a pledge of free electricity for the duration of the upcoming event with “Connecting minds creating the future” as theme, were the biggest contributors.

A beauty pageant on May 24 will precede the official opening of the KTTF scheduled for 29 May.

Mayor Petrus Nabot Titus told guests that the town achieved quite a significant pace of local economic growth and securing the social welfare of its residents.

“Karibib established a platform to accommodate different business initiatives and provide much needed support to stimulate the local economy. In addition to this initiative the KTTF seeks to enhance the small and medium enterprises (SME) sector.”

He also called on business personalities to diversify investments saying there is a need to expand manufacturing and value addition components.

“The old marble factory was resurrected under a new “Best Cheer Stone Processing” brand. A newly constructed Dreamland Marble Factory, the re-opening of Desert Lion Energy lithium mine as well as an envisage granite factory and the construction of Woermann Brock shopping mall are sound investments aimed to create jobs for the youth of our town.”

Keynote speaker Melanie Ndjago emphasised that the urban environment plays a vital role in terms of providing employment, shelter, services and business development.

“I believe local authorities are the key remedy to national challenges. It is against this background that central government should subsidize the operational budget of local authorities as a catalyst of political commitment to nation building and progressive development.”

She accentuated that the rapid amassing of people in towns and cities can have tremendous negative impact on the management of urban environments.

“Skills expertise, resources and financial sustainability is concentrated in large local authorities with smaller town councils having to rely on government for financial support. We need increased investments in local authorities in terms of capacity building, financial and infrastructure development. This is a prerequisite for desired social and local economic transformation.”

Ndjago also called on the leaders of Karibib to embrace partnership and cooperation arrangements with Windhoek, Okakarara, Otjinene, Stampriet and the Sowa town of Botswana as effective tools through which capacity building , effective exchange of information, resource sharing and expertise could be realised.

“Local authority leaders must understand and appreciate the strategic importance of our inter-dependency and mutual beneficial friendships. We need to ensure that cooperation agreements remain a working partnership and not just a symbolic or mere protocol arrangement.”

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