In Picture is the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) Ngambela, Hon. Mukela Manyando and Mr. Kelvin Kamayoyo, Expo Advisor for Western Province Tourism, Trade and lnvestment Expo, 2022 attending the memorable Expo Provincial Launch and Fundraising Dinner held at Liseli Lodge in Mongu which was organised by Western Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Kamayoyo said, the Expo launch and fundraising dinner which was officially graced by the Provincial Minister, Hon. Kapelwa Mbangweta, MP and attended by BRE and the Consulate General of the Republic of Angola in Mongu, His Excellency Mr. Kaumba hosted by the private sector signified progressive partnership and strong resolve by all the stakeholders towards hosting a successful and investment impact based Expo.
The official launch of the Expo spearheaded by the private sector reflects the desire and ownership of the process which will help generate curiosity and more interest among the people especially; how they could benefit from the Expo and what they are expected to do in order to prepare adequately ahead of the week long event in September this year. The first ever Western Province Expo will be held under the theme: “Rapid Economic Transformation through increased home-grown entrepreneurship, value addition and trade” and its geographical coverage extents to all the 16 districts in terms of investment endowment exhibitions.
The key subthemes of this Expo are home-grown entrepreneurship, value addition and trade in order to create a more conducive environment for doing business, promoting formal crossborder trade with Angola, Namibia and Botswana, help discover various funding opportunities for local start-ups and investment expansion including fostering market linkages and competition based on product quality and supply consistency. In addition, the Expo brings immediate benefits to the local businesses in terms of increased sales during the event especially those operating restaurants, lodges, clubs, taxis, musicians, media houses, buses, mobile money booths and cattle farmers, said Kamayoyo.