Minister of Trade and Industry and Industry engages Business Groups in Italy
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Peter Bayuku Konteh, Sierra Leone's Ambassador to Germany (accredited to Italy), Dr. M'Baimba Lamin Baryoh, and the Acting Director of Investment Promotion, SLIEPA, are in Italy to meet with various business organizations and the Chambers of Commerce in Verona, Milan, Torino and Rome
The visit is part of Government of Sierra Leone's effort to promote investment opportunities through a targeted approach, as well as rebranding the country's image, thus, making it attractive for investors.
In his introductory statement with Dr. Cesare Veneri, Secretary General of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Crafts and Agriculture in Verona, His Excellency, Amb. Baryoh said this is a follow up meeting held with some investors in December 2018, in which, he promised to have the Minister responsible for trade and investment to visit Italy and hold further in-depth discussions with them.
Whilst giving an overview of the policy environment in Sierra Leone, the Minister emphasised on the country's on-going business reforms to enable investors realise a win-win on their investment and the overall Government's commitment to see investors as key development partners and great contributors to the country's national development agenda.
Minister Konteh, on behalf of His Excellency, President Julius Maada Bio extended invitation to Italian investors through the Chamber to visit Sierra Leone so we can move the relationship to another level.
On his part, Mr. Veneri promised to put together a team of Italian businesses to work with Sierra Leone’s embassy in Germany and the Government of Sierra Leone, through SLIEPA, to organise an investment mission to Sierra Leone soon.