On the 28th and 29th of October, over 25 foreign delegates joined us for a 2-day trade mission in Freetown. With such a large delegation the Sierra Leone Investment and Expert Promotions Agency (SLIEPA) excellently coordinated the program. Following June's hugely successful forum, this mission provided a deeper dive into the countries potential investment sectors and more networking opporunities; a drinks reception at the British High Commissioner's Residence was a highlight for this.
Day 1 began with an investment overview from the Corporate Affairs Comission, Chamber of Commerce and National Investment board. A presentation from Minister of Tourism highlighted the stunning attractions in Sierra Leone, and encouraged the delegation to explore. The afternoon featured a range of meetings with senior officials in Ministries of Mines and Mineral Resrouces, Agriculture and Energy, and Works and Public Assets.
Day 2 reaffirmed Sierra Leone as 'open for buisness' in a statement from the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The day's panels discussed the strengthening of the economy, investment into energy (especially renewables), infrastructure and mining. Lunch was provided by CASSAVA, supporting LunchBoxGift which aims to alleivate food poverty in Freetown. The mission ended with a trip to the Nectar Sierra Leone Bulk Terminal (NSBT) for an excellent presentation on overcoming challenges and future growth potentail of the port, followed by a tour around the site.
Thank you to our sponsors, who enabled us to make this trade mission as positive as the forum in June; Nectar, NSBT, SLCB, INTL FC Stone, Royal Air Maroc, Flash Vehicals and CASSAVA.