Oshikango forms a valuable part in the cross border trading operations between Namibia and Angola to the north. Primarily an economic town, its streets are lined with china shops with construction and manufacturing companies lending contributions to industry. In spite of this, Oshikango remains a fairly unstable town with a high crime rate as well as prevalent prostitution due to its poor population. The town is not very appealing to the eye and remains a pass through for visitors, the town is even shunned by its own inhabitants with many labeling it as "the dirtiest town in the north".