SIERRA LEONE IS READY TO TAKE OFF — SAYS MINISTER FRANCIS
By PEL Koroma Information Attaché Embassy of Sierra Leone Washington D.C
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prof. David J. Francis. said Sierra Leone has been on the tarmac since it gained independence in 1961 but it is ready to take off now under the leadership of President Dr. Julius Maada Bio.
He was addressing an audience of Africa Ambassadors in United States, current and former State Officials, business people, philanthropists , intellectuals, and the Sierra Leone diaspora community in the United States during a hosted a dinner at the residence of Ambassador Sidique Abou -Bakar Wai,Prof.
He dilated on the political foreign policy shift from Economic Diplomacy to Development Diplomacy with the intent of making Sierra Leone more attractive to investors who want to undertake credible investment. Sierra Leone’s Foreign Minister assured interested investors of security and transparency, and with a one -stop with the Investment Board in Sierra Leone where all issues ranging from registration to implementation is readily made available to incoming investors.
Professor David J. Francis admonished the audience that the COVID pandemic has left untold stories in the world where big economies also suffered heavy blow, and the impact is being felt by Sierra Leone which is a donor driven country. This dimensional change has forced Sierra Leone to adjust itself in the dynamics of a changing world. Hence the policy shift to Development Diplomacy.