The Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Erastus Uutoni said the planned Sports Expo will benefit Namibian youth in various ways.
Speaking at a sponsorship handover ceremony in Windhoek on Tuesday, Uutoni said some youths are already benefitting from the event even before it happens.
“We received N$10 000 from Nam-mic, which we used to invite young groups to design a logo for the expo. On 14 March, we will launch the Sports Expo and its logo, while we will also hand over the money to these youths who designed it,” he said.
The minister added that the beneficiaries can use the money they received from designing the logo to help develop their company.
Uutoni also encouraged other youths who are involved in sports to come and showcase their work so as to attract investors and customers.
He urged companies, especially in the tailoring industry, to prove their worth by designing sports uniforms for Namibia, saying the current arrangement does not help the local economy.
“We are buying all our sports gear from outside the country while we can actually produce it within the country [and] by so doing, we will be able to create employment for our young people through this expo,” he stated.
The minister said other ministries such as health and social services, education as well as the environment and tourism should come on board for the expo as a way of enhancing intra-relationships between various ministries, since the purpose of the event is also to unite Namibians.
The minister concluded by thanking First National Bank of Namibia, who donated N$150 000, while the Rani Group of Companies donated N$50 000, adding to the funds already donated by Nam-mic Financial Services. - NAMPA