The 2010 Botswana Consumer Fair celebrated five years of brilliance and consistency and has seen an increase in stalls from 507 to 520 of stall.
The prize giving was held last Thursday.
Different categories included Government assisted entrepreneurs, parastatals, Diplomatic Missions, educational institutions, media, financial institutions, information technology and mobile companies, to mention a few.
The Botswana Power Cooperation got first position, followed by the Water Utilities Cooperation and then the Botswana Housing Cooperation.
In educational institutions category, first position went to the Botswana College of Distance Learning, followed by Botswana Examination Council and then the Tertiary Education Council.
The Kenya High Commission led in the Diplomatic Missions, followed by Japan International Agency.
In the government assisted entrepreneurs, first position went to the Department of Social Services, followed by the Department of Women’s Affairs and then the Department of Youth.
Speaking at the prize-giving ceremony, Minster of Trade and Industry, Dorcas Makgato-Malesu, urged the participants to be competitive.
“It is the responsibility of businesses to educate the consumer on the kind of transactions that they are entering into in-order to avoid defaults in payment, unnecessary repossessions or court cases. As businesses, events such as the Consumer Fair present an opportunity and platform to market your products and services; create opportunities for information dissemination and product demonstration; create a forum for the exchange of business ideas and creation of business networks between local and international companies,” said Makgato-Malesu.
She said the awards are to acknowledge exhibitors professional acumen and customer centrism.
“This, therefore, is a call to you, to continuously demonstrate customer service excellence. We should demonstrate customer service excellence in our businesses on a daily basis,” she said.