The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SLIEPA, Sheku Lexmond Koroma with a cross section of the management team of SLIEPA and the Resident Minister South, Mr. Mohamed K. Alie visited the Sierra Tropical Limited (STL) company one of the flagship investment projects facilitated by SLIEPA in recent years operating in the Lugbu chiefdom, Bo District on Saturday 22nd September 2018. The visit is one of the many aftercare visits outlined by the Chief Executive Officer and team in a bid to provide robust aftercare services to existing investors and exporters operating in Sierra Leone.
During the visit the CEO held open discussions with different stakeholders in the community such as Landowners/Landowning families, Youths, Traditional leaders, workers of the company and the senior management of the company (STL). Discussion with stakeholders with the visiting team included but not limited to employment procedures of the company, the company’s relationship with the community people and the corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects of the company in the community. It was revealed by the community people themselves that since the commencement of operations of the company the socio-economic conditions within the community has improved considerably. The company currently employs five hundred and fifty (550) staff with a projection of increasing it to eight hundred (800) by the end of the year.
The CEO of SLIEPA and team were taken on a conducted tour of the nursery site of the company by Patrick Blake, Vice President and General Manager of STL and the Director of Agriculture, Andrew Brooke-Smith from where the pineapples will be transported for commercial planting within the next six to twelve months. The Management team of STL also explained their support to the community by providing seed rice and other planting materials for producing higher yields this year as part of their CSR project.