The Government of Sierra Leone in collaboration with its partners Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Standard Chartered Bank on 14th March 2017 organised the first commercial law summit in Sierra Leone at the Radisson Blu Hotel Freetown. The aim of the summit is to develop and enhance commercial law reforms to promote business growth and the country’s ongoing economic development in line with the Agenda for Prosperity the country’s blue print for development on to 2017. The summit attracted participants from the Sierra Leone Judiciary, members of the business community and members from the Ghana Judiciary.
Mr Oluniyi Robbin- Coker Chairman SLIEPA Board of Directors, Master of Ceremony of the event expressed his delight at playing such as role based on his long involvement in the development of the private sector in Sierra Leone in different capacities in his life and emphasised the need for the implementation and execution of the recommendations of the various working groups of the summit as it will send the right signal to our existing and potential investors that Sierra Leone is serious about doing business going forward.
Attorney General and Minister of Justice Mr Joseph Kamara who also represented His Excellency President Koroma at the event expressed Government’s willingness to address issues affecting the smooth operations of businesses in the country and further expressed Government’s determination in strengthening the Judicial system as there is a direct correlation between an effective and efficient judicial system and that of economic prosperity.
Other speakers at the event included Chief Justice Abdulai Hamid Charm, the Judge in Charge of the UK Commercial Court Mr Justice Blair and former UK Lord Chancellor and first Secretary of State for Justice Lord Falconer. The Summit was supported by ROLE UK and UKAid.
In 2015, HSF in collaboration with SLIEPA developed the Sierra Leone Investor’s Guide – A Private Sector Perspective on the Investment Landscape sponsored by HSF, Standard Chartered Bank and Prudential. An updated version of the Guide was launched at the reception through a microsite on www.investinginsierraleone.com to provide an online access of the Guide geared towards enhancing its reach to a wider audience.