Botswana Consumer Fair (BCF) has come and gone but while there have been mixed reactions about its standard, Vice President Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe is optimistic that the exhibitors steered commerce in the right direction.
In his address during the prize-giving ceremony, Kedikilwe said the exhibitions were a good indication of the future of the trade industry.
“They portend hope that commerce in Botswana is developing a good base for potential growth.
I have also been impressed by exhibitions of local entrepreneurs.
The artistic temperament, the artistic talent, the artistic innovation of young Batswana is a matter of pride.
Examples abound; Art works using metal material, art work in dress making, art work in recycled waste material,” he said.
Kedikilwe added that the presence and participation of various embassies unlocked potential for increased inter-trade which could boost local manufacturers with consequent skills development and job creation.
He emphasized the importance of product quality which he said translated into greater penetration of local, regional and international markets through avenues such as Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to export textiles and apparel duty free to the United States of America.
The Vice President explained that the country’s economy as well as creation of sustainable livelihoods depended on the growth of SMMEs.
“The effect of growth of SMME’s and the informal sector translates into a firm economic base, increased job creation, meaningful economic diversification, creation of sustainable livelihoods and sustainable poverty eradication,” he said.
The best stall according to Chief Judge, Neo Maruapula, was determined by the general layout and attractiveness of the stand, sales and product literature, effectiveness in presenting product and service, corporate image profile and promotion.
She said all the judges at the fair had been trained by Exhibitions Association of Southern Africa.