The Chief Executive Officer of the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA), Mr. Sheku Lexmond Koroma, has told investors from various countries that Sierra Leone has abundant natural resources; good rainfall and vast acres of land suitable for a variety of agricultural products. He said this during the Sierra Leone Agricultural Trade Mission hosted in Freetown by Empower africa from the 4th– 7th November 2019.
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The 2019 Agricultural Trade Mission in Sierra Leone was organized as a unique chance for private sector companies to hear about government prioritized commercial opportunities, meet with the Sierra Leone Government and other relevant local stakeholders, and receive assistance from Empower africa with timely follow-ups to ensure their success and lay the foundation for long-lasting business relationships in Sierra Leone.
In his message, the Founder and CEO of Empower africa, Mr. Enzi Rapaport, thanked the delegates for choosing Sierra Leone’s agricultural sector with them. He said working together with the delegates; they can identify business opportunities that will serve their companies while contributing to Sierra Leone’s food security and economic stability.
Also, Mr. Maoz Aviv, Director of Agriculture, Empower africa, stated that Africa would become the future food basket for the world as it has huge amount of land and potential, but to attain such revolution, knowledge has to be the first step, this remains the reason why they want to establish Agricultural Research and Training Centre in Sierra Leone where sustainable and economic agriculture solution, best practices, post-harvest and food processing, industrial agriculture, food and farm safety will be the major emphases, he said.
while speaking to the delegates, Mr. Sheku Lexmond Koroma, said that Promoting Agricultural investment remains a high priority for the Government of Sierra Leone and SLIEPA as a government Agency is directly involved in the investment processes, from promotion, facilitation to aftercare services. “We are embarking on a targeted approach to attract high value agribusiness into our space. Agribusiness that can invest responsibly and support the ecosystem,” he said.
He continued saying that, over the years, both the Government and development partners’ interventions in the sector have been key and they have seen those interventions yielding tangible fruits as the already established agribusinesses are not only involved in primary activities but they are also involved in the processing, marketing, and the export of agricultural commodities. On this note, he encouraged potential investors in the hall to take advantage of the numerous opportunities in the said sector.
He noted that Government of Sierra Leone, through SLIEPA working with other development partners, is scaling up activities to enhance the policy and regulatory framework that support responsible agricultural investment.
Mr. Koroma thanked the delegates for their interest in Sierra Leone, and Empower africa for organizing such propitious mission. He then welcomed the delegates to further discussions.